November 29th, 2013 – Avian Friday: Brown Creeper

Last weekend I finally made it out to do a little bird photography. There usually isn’t a whole lot going on here in town during the winter months besides the resident waterfowl species and an occasional sighting of a Red-tail Hawk or a Bald Eagle here and there. After striking out at Seattle’s Montlake Fill, I stopped at Washington Park Arboretum hoping perhaps for a glimpse of the ever-evasive ( at least for me) Varied Thrush which I had spotted there in years past. After settling for some waterside shots of Buffleheads, I noticed a few Golden-Crowned Kinglets darting about that shifted my attention. As with many warblers and small winter birds, these guys are a challenge to capture because they seemed to hardly ever stand still. Brown Creepers also appeared in the same area. These were birds I had hoped to get some decent shots of for the past few years. The ideal composition for this bird is a side profile with a contrasting color background; while it is feeding, making it way up the tree. The problem is that they usually land low on the trunk and almost immediately scamper to the opposite side of the tree ( from this photographer anyway:) ) before you can get set up to shoot. By the time you go around and find it again, the are up higher on the tree at not a very good angle. though I managed a couple of keepers, I discovered later that I hadn’t paid close enough attention to my shutter speed, thus not getting quite enough sharpness. Very important when shooting fast-moving subjects with long lenses.

Brown Creeper (Certhia americana)

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Seattle, Washington
500mm | 1/250th Sec. @f/7.1| ISO 1600

Canon 1DX+ Canon EF 500/4L IS USM

Processed with Lightroom 4, Photoshop CS6, Nik Collection.

To see a larger version please click on the image.

Feel free to comment below if you like what you see or have any other observations.

Thanks for stopping by,



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