Northern Flicker

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.

  • suzanne 10y

    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.
  • Shari DeAngelo 10y

    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!
  • john/ 10y

    fantastic shot, jim!
  • Norma 10y

    Great sot, Jim.
  • Norma 10y

    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?!
  • Lisa Ruokis 10y

    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! :-)
  • Gary McGuire 10y

    I wish I could get a sot like this!
  • Pixel Pepp 10y

    I've never seen this species before...thanks for the opportunity to see him close-up.
  • Don Sieger 10y

    Yes, I would agree with your assessment of their markings and color.
  • Susan 10y

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

    The large is simply stunning!!
  • RichardLowkes 10y

    a very impressive shot-they are indeed beautiful birds and well captured on the tree
  • Chris 10y

    It is a beautiful bird. :-)
  • Catherine Houston 10y

    Gorgeous shot!
  • SparkyLeigh 10y

    Great flicker shot Jim! I always liked these birds too~
  • Richard Bonser 10y

    Beautiful image, and the spread wing feathers is an unusual catch as well. Thank you for sharing this imagel
  • GustavoG 10y

    Truly stunning detail. This would be an excellent addition to the field guide.
  • Anita Gould 10y

    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?
  • Tracy Lee Carroll 10y

    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.
  • Michelle Kinsey Bruns 9y

    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."
  • Hot Flash Photography 8y

    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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Taken on July 16, 2005
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