The carriage road around Witch Hole Pond is a nice 3+ mile loop that I enjoy walking in the early evening. I headed out with both my Nikon camera and my Canon since I was unsure what to expect. I wanted all my options. My photo of the day is a bit uncharacteristic for me. I have not been focusing too much on wildlife photography this summer.
About half-way through my walk, feeling less than inspired, I suddenly heard the familiar sound of a woodpecker. I stopped, listened and zeroed in on a female Hairy Woodpecker upside-down on a branch just to the side of the carriage road. I shot the first photo with my Canon, and then my battery died! (Seems odd since I had just put a newly charged battery in the camera – hmmm – something to investigate!) As I was switching cameras, I saw a flash of flying feathers (how’s that for alliteration!) and the male Hairy Woodpecker crossed my line of vision and landed in a near-by tree. The photo I shot of him was with my Nikon. I did have to crop the photo a bit to bring him in closer since my Nikon lens only extends to 120mm. Neither photograph is as focused as I would like but those darn birds just do not sit still and pose!