My best BIF to date. Technically. Too bad it’s on a drab bird that urban dwellers and golfers love to hate.
As a langiappe, a cow moose and yearling calf.
Regular Diana MacPherson sent three photos of a downy woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) at her feeder (I think she’s showing off her new camera, too!):
Here are some more pictures of the male downy woodpecker that comes around my place. For some reason, he kept trying sneak up on the fat that hangs on this post & he kept sliding down. Eventually, he just flew up to get the fat. The first picture shows him leaping down in mid leap. The next two show him contemplating his sneak up the post & his actual grasp of the post (notice his strange greenish feet with their long claws). I’ve been trying to get a good picture of his eyes for a while as they are usually hidden in shadow but with the sun today at the right level, I was able to see better into his eyes which are reflecting the light in the last two pictures. Also notice his tufted feathers around his beak. [JAC: I think those feathers prevent it from inhaling sawdust when it pecks at trees.]