Northern Flicker

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The Northern Flicker name was adopted in place of Yellow-Shafted, and Red-Shafted. They were considered two seperate species at one point, but interbreeding has blurred the lines and now they are considered one. This male obviously comes from Red-Shafted stock. It's identified as a male by the red moustache. A female doesn't have this, but has a small patch of colour on the back of the neck. In my opinion, these are one of the most beautifully marked North American birds.

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  1. suzanne† 118 months ago | reply

    Wow! you made the mark on this one! just a superb capture, he's even spread his wing for you as if to give you a "hey -hows it goin?" wave.....fantastic, not a spot of blur in that motion.

  2. Shari DeAngelo 118 months ago | reply

    I have been trying to get a snap like this but all I ever get is flicker butt shots, as they are flying away from me laughing. This is really great, Jim! Excellent!

  3. jgf527 118 months ago | reply

    fantastic shot, jim!

  4. nonie vogue 118 months ago | reply

    Great sot, Jim.

  5. nonie vogue 118 months ago | reply

    Oops! No, I haven't been tallking to Linda! And it's not my spelling ability... it's my typing. You wouldn't believe how many mistakes I make, and how many I catch before I post them, or else have to edit them. Sorry I missed this one.

    Now that you brought it up...does the shoe fit?!

  6. Lady-bug 118 months ago | reply

    Beautiful shot of this Flicker!
    I don't believe I've ever seen a male Northern Flicker before -- it's interesting the stuff I learn from your pictures! :-)

  7. _Gary_ 118 months ago | reply

    I wish I could get a sot like this!

  8. Pixel Pepp 118 months ago | reply

    I've never seen this species before...thanks for the opportunity to see him close-up.

  9. GraniteRoad 118 months ago | reply

    Yes, I would agree with your assessment of their markings and color.

  10. Sparky2* 118 months ago | reply

    Wow, Garn...this is incredible - one of your best, I think...wayyy up there with the eagles!!

    The large is simply stunning!!

  11. RichardLowkes 118 months ago | reply

    a very impressive shot-they are indeed beautiful birds and well captured on the tree

  12. Cork_ 118 months ago | reply

    It is a beautiful bird. :-)

  13. iolanthe 117 months ago | reply

    Gorgeous shot!

  14. SparkyLeigh 117 months ago | reply

    Great flicker shot Jim! I always liked these birds too~

  15. Splinter Group 117 months ago | reply

    Beautiful image, and the spread wing feathers is an unusual catch as well. Thank you for sharing this imagel

  16. GustavoG 117 months ago | reply

    Truly stunning detail. This would be an excellent addition to the field guide.

  17. Anita363 117 months ago | reply

    Wow, seeing the primaries like this I now really understand why they're called "red-shafted". So many bird names come from old-school shotgun ornithologists studying birds "in the hand", & we never see in the field the markings they're named for.

    They are indeed a gorgeous bird, & your photography more than does them justice.

    So you often see ones with red on the nape? That's strictly a yellow-shafted trait. You sure do seem to be living in Intergrade Central. Do you ever see ones that look like purebred YS, or just the intergrades?

  18. StarrGazr 117 months ago | reply

    Wonderful photo Jim!! Thanks for the commentary as well. I have not seen a Flicker in many years. My Grandmother used to teach me what all of the birds were and she knew their songs as well. She was a painter and loved to paint them all. I miss my Grandmother, but I am thinkful for what memories I do have.

    BTW... check this one out! Not a metal boat, but definitely a lightning rod.

  19. Sapphireblue 106 months ago | reply

    This is a great photo indeed! I volunteer at a wildlife rehabilitation center in Maryland, and whenever we get a flicker in, I unthinkingly try to write it as "flickr."

  20. Hot Flash Photography 98 months ago | reply

    Thanks, Jim. Nice to see what I missed. The shot would've been nowhere as good as this one, converter or no converter. Speaking of gagets, I was so excited about your macro that I ordered the Raynox DCR-250 yesterday. Can't wait for it to get here.

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