Sunday, July 6, 2008

A Miracle


July 1st and the Red-Headed Woodpeckers are in abundance during late afternoon. Flying from tree to tree making all manner of raucous noises - if you've ever heard a RHW the call is unmistakable and loud.

I decided to take a few shots of the happy couple, who are back at work in the usual dead limb now that the Flycatchers have moved on. After just a few shots I forget all about them, go inside and prepare dinner. The weekend progressed, holiday parties ensued, visitors came and went and this morning I'm finally downloading the week's photos. Some are good, some are bad, some go here and some go there. I'm hoping for a few good RHW shots, maybe. There's only one of the mom and dad together so I open it in Photoshop on my good wide-screen monitor. Wait...there are more than two birds on that limb. Wait....OMG...it's the baby. By a miracle, I got the three together and didn't even know it until today.

Meet the Wheeler Lake Red-Headed Woodpecker family - dad, mom and junior.

8 comments:

wcgillian said...

Nice shot! Junior is a big fella. It is great to download your photos only to find a bonus.

RJ

Lisa at Greenbow said...

What a wonderful surprise. Isn't it fun to surprise yourself?? Love the family photo.

albertapostcards said...

aren't surprises like that the best? Ah yes, but had you not been paying attention to them in the first place, you would have missed that special visit. It's a type of blessing don't you think?

The Giraffe Head Tree said...

Hi Randy. Yep, Junior is quite the chunk. Every bit as big as his parents, but differently colored. No doubt that's for his safety as he learns the ropes. From a distance he just looked like part of the tree. That Mother Nature is one smart chick. Thanks for stopping by!

The Giraffe Head Tree said...

Hi Lisa. Yes, it was fun being surprised! It was just so unexpected, which made it all the more thrilling.

The Giraffe Head Tree said...

Ah, Diane. Yes, oh wise woman, you're right. It was a blessing indeed and I believe I was meant to see them after all the hoopla with those dang starlings. This was a reward, maybe, for my patience and love for these raucous things. Good hearing from you.

Daniel Spurgeon said...

Spectacular! What a wonderful surprise!

Carla said...

Great photo!

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