motion blur 031/365

by Jan Barlow January. 31, 2018 740 views
Male Hairy Woodpecker

Male Hairy Woodpecker

I'm back with the woodpeckers again, but this time we have the Hairy Woodpecker (the Downey Woodpecker's bigger "cousin"). He's clinging to the little suet cage and diving in for the prize. So the motion is not only in his head (and body), but also in the cage.

I had to include this pretty cool shot of the suet in his beak before he gulped it down.

In case you care to know, in the bird world the male usually has the more prominent color and is sometimes slightly smaller than the female. So we know we have a male here. The female in this case is even bigger than he. We also know it's a Hairy vs. a Downey not only by the size of the body, but also by the size of beak. The Hairy is a Robin's size, whereas the Downey is closer to a sparrow's size. And the Downey has a more delicate beak where the Hairy's is a spike, which can clearly be seen in photo #2.

So, I've gotten motion blur shots before - purely by happy accident. Setting out to purposefully get such a shot, though, I found, is an entirely different matter. And I need much more practice (which is one of the reasons I'm doing this 365 challenge...) These three shots are all a result of experimenting with the right settings for focus (which, admittedly, isn't spectacular), speed and light exposure. It took me about 45 minutes and probably about twice that many shots to come away with these three which were really, in the end, utter chance. Happy, chance, though! I came away from the challenge today having learned a few things and that's always a good thing.

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Andi Saw 3 years, 2 months ago
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Jan Barlow Replied to Andi Saw 3 years, 2 months ago

Being as I live in a log home, some of the woodpeckers think of our house as a buffet - and peck right into our logs. Now THAT's annoying, as they leave long pecked lines (looking for bugs, I guess) if we don't get outside to shoo them away. I guess I can't blame the critters for making themselves at home - when I built a wooden home IN the woods. Sigh. At least they ARE beautiful.

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 3 years, 2 months ago

#1 - This "blurry" head is as typical as it is funny!

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