Treecreepers - masters of camouflage

by Robin Fuller April. 13, 2021 195 views
In profile, the Treecreper stands out - else it might well go unnoticed as often they probably do.

In profile, the Treecreper stands out - else it might well go unnoticed as often they probably do.

Today we had a Treecreeper visit our garden, the first we have seen in several years. Treecreepers creep up trees using their claws to grip and their stiff tails to brace themselves. The curved and pointed beak probes for insects and spiders in the fissured tree bark. Their camouflage is excellent, expecially on Silver birch trees which seem to be favourites in our garden.

The beak probes the bark for insects and spiders.

The beak probes the bark for insects and spiders.

Viewed from behind the colours blend with the tree bark, especially in gnarled areas which the bird is inevitably exploring.

Viewed from behind the colours blend with the tree bark, especially in gnarled areas which the bird is inevitably exploring.

In some contexts a Treecreeper may become almost invisible. And by the time you see it, it has moved on.

In some contexts a Treecreeper may become almost invisible. And by the time you see it, it has moved on.

Confident in its camouflage, a Treecreeper is not particularly nervous of the photographer's approach. But it doesn't sit still for a second. In burst mode I took maybe 50 photos to get a few that were fairly free of motion.

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Tsao T-F 3 months, 2 weeks ago

Perfect camouflage!

3 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Piotr Buraczewski 3 months, 2 weeks ago

I had to look twice...

3 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Bob Chappell 5 months ago

Great series Robin - it certainly is tricky to get a good shot of a treecreeper. As you say, they are well camouflaged, they never stay still, and if you want a profile shot you have the issue of balancing the light against the background to get a good exposure without the whites burning out. Well done!

5 months ago Edited
Robin Fuller Replied to Bob Chappell 4 months, 4 weeks ago

Thanks for your comments. I wish we saw Treecreepers more often. It wold improve the chanc of getting good shots.

4 months, 4 weeks ago Edited
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