Northern Flicker by Jeffrey Kauffman

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This is the second year year in a row that I have been photographing the Northern Flickers as they build their nest.

I wanted to capture the process of them digging out their nest, so I started taking photos to try and figure out the right settings. I was amazed at how fast they turn their head to discharge the wood chips they just dug up. After several attempts, I found that 1/6400 was the shutter speed I needed to not get any motion blur on the head. So after a few days and thousands of pictures I finally got one that was very interesting and sharp. Both male and female take turns digging out their nest, but the best photo was the female discharging the wood chips. Also they always have their safety googles on when working with wood. The nictitating membrane is closed in every single picture I took.

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