A Couple of Elusive Birds

20 Jun

All spring and summer there are a couple of birds I’ve heard and wanted to photograph.  They have not been cooperative.  The woodpecker hasn’t been all that hard to spot when I don’t have my camera, but as soon as I get the camera out, he’s gone.  Well, today, I caught him/her!


They’re not great shots, but I still managed to get them.


The second one, I hear but never see.  I’ll get an occasional glimpse of feathers, and we dance around the apple tree with always just enough branches to keep me from taking a picture.  But the other day, I was successful!



Again, they’re not the best, but I got my photos of the catbird.

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28 Responses to “A Couple of Elusive Birds”

  1. Freda Mans June 20, 2015 at 5:48 pm #

    You got him good too! LOVE the vibrant red on his head! Great shots!

    • Teresa June 20, 2015 at 6:11 pm #

      They do stand out!

  2. TexWisGirl June 20, 2015 at 6:06 pm #

    how awesome! i’ve never seen a catbird in person! congrats!

    • Teresa June 20, 2015 at 6:12 pm #

      This is the second year they’ve been in my apple tree, and they are experts are alluding me.

  3. S. J. Qualls June 20, 2015 at 6:24 pm #

    I still haven’t seen a catbird here. Yes, soon as they smell your sweat on the camera, they hide. Nice shots you got! You are getting sneaky! 😉

    • Teresa June 20, 2015 at 6:26 pm #

      It was more lucky than sneaky, but I’m glad I got to photograph them.

  4. Squidtea June 20, 2015 at 7:19 pm #

    Nice! Red-Headed Woodpeckers and Catbirds are very shy, so congrats on your shots! We have catbirds in abundance here, but it is very hard to get a good picture of them. Again, congratulations!

    • Teresa June 20, 2015 at 7:47 pm #

      Thanks! I was pretty happy it just sat there for me.

  5. Pat June 20, 2015 at 7:19 pm #

    Love that red head!

    • Teresa June 20, 2015 at 7:47 pm #

      They are great! I always love that flash of color flying by.

  6. Donkey Driver June 20, 2015 at 10:16 pm #

    Love it! I know when I’m old, the kids will find me wondering around looking for birds.

    • Teresa June 21, 2015 at 8:05 am #

      Before I started blogging, I never really paid attention to birds, but now I’m always listening and looking for new ones.

  7. Jeanne June 20, 2015 at 10:16 pm #

    Good work, Teresa! Patience does pay!

    • Teresa June 21, 2015 at 8:05 am #

      Well, it might have been luck more than anything else, but I’ll take it!

  8. Margaret June 20, 2015 at 11:05 pm #

    Well done you managed to photograph both birds.

    • Teresa June 21, 2015 at 8:06 am #

      It had to happen eventually, since they live in those trees.

  9. Eileen June 21, 2015 at 4:56 am #

    Both are great birds, I love the Redheaded Woodpecker. Have a happy Sunday!

    • Teresa June 21, 2015 at 8:06 am #

      Thanks, Eileen! I do enjoy listening to both of them when I’m working in the yard.

  10. Anni @ I'd Rather B Birdin' June 21, 2015 at 5:23 am #

    Ironically, the catbirds’ call SOUNDS like a cat sometimes! I love the image of it flying! Well done. And the woodpecker…I’ve not seen this species. It’s beautiful.

    • Teresa June 21, 2015 at 8:07 am #

      When Jules (my cat) showed up in the pasture, I actually thought it was a catbird at first. They really do sound like a cat.

  11. Gayle June 21, 2015 at 8:03 am #

    Birds; They do tease from inside the foliage don’t they. You won the contest with the woodpecker this time.

    • Teresa June 21, 2015 at 8:08 am #

      I swear their parents teach them how to pose for the worst possible pictures. It helps that their nest is right there in the tree.

  12. Jan June 21, 2015 at 8:21 pm #

    Great shots of the woodpecker & catbird. I’ve never seen one;but hear them.

    • Teresa June 22, 2015 at 11:33 am #

      They are awfully shy!

  13. Marie-AZ June 22, 2015 at 11:46 am #

    So glad you had success! They are awesome sightings!

  14. bettyl - NZ June 23, 2015 at 8:49 pm #

    I’m sure it’s quite exciting to capture birds for the first time. They are great shots.

    • Teresa June 24, 2015 at 8:32 am #

      It is. I’ve watched and listened to these all summer. Nice to finally catch them.

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