One of my passions is photography…and wildlife…as well as wetlands photography when I can find a cooperative model or an interesting, untouched part of Florida wetlands. I am always in the frame of mind to find evasive creatures ….bring them in a lens up-close…and making them quite large when producing on canvas or paper.
My living room has two pictures of birds that flew into my trees:
- An osprey with huge claws
- A hawk with a blue claws and beak.
Because we are not able to examine birds in real life up-close, I did not know they were blue until it was reproduced in color on canvas.
It was the morning that a bird came calling on me that made me wonder if they are as curious about us as we are about them?
I was at my computer and heard a really loud tapping sound. Looking at the direction the noise was coming….I saw him ….and he was looking at me! (Where is the camera when you need it!!!)
Carefully, I got up and moved by the window….he flew. It always happens. I went to the other room; got the camera and on returning….he had come back….once again tapping as if to say, “Hey, I’m Woody Woodpecker…come to see you…where did you go?”
There was a screen on the window and I knew, in photographing him, he would not be as clear as I wanted him to be. Who cares….this was up-close and personal! Not everyday do we get a visiting bird!
Click…click…and click again. His red head was gleaming in the light. My visitor was a Pileated Woodpecker…large…and beautiful. (The Pileated Woodpecker is a very large North American woodpecker, roughly crow-sized, inhabiting deciduous forests in eastern North America. Scientific Name is Dryocopus pileatus)
Was he really curious about my writing or why I was practically up in the tree tops in my second story window? Probably not, but I doubt that I will get such a visit again. One fuzzy shot was better than nothing to remember this special moment.
Yes, Woody was clever, cute and a little bit of a “devil” Enjoy!