Daily Archives: June 2, 2017

Fledgling Downy

Fledgling Downy Woodpecker, the back deck, Kennebunk Maine

We had an unexpected visitor on our back deck yesterday. This newly fledged Down Woodpecker sort of crash landed on the deck rail and rested there for at least 10 minutes. It was not bothered by our presence at all. Both my wife and I went out, and I had time to get my camera and take a few portraits. The whole time we were there, one of its parents called loudly in alarm from the trees. I was wondering how it got up to the deck, or if it was injured, when it finally finished its rest and flipped up into the air the way woodpeckers do, in a flash, and flew off up and over the house to the trees in the front yard. Such a treat!

Sony Rx10iii at 600mm equivalent. Program mode. 1/250th @ f4 @ ISO 320. Processed in Polarr.