Brown-headed Nuthatch, Sitta pusilla: Guntersville Dam
Recreational Area near New Hope, Alabama; USA
In June of 2015 I made a day trip to Guntersville Dam Recreational area near New Hope, Alabama. The recreational area is home to Brown-headed Nuthatches, a species that I had been trying to photograph for many years.
No sooner had I arrived and started my search, I heard the high-pitched piping notes of the nuthatches above me in the canopy of loblolly pines. The birds, a small family group of half a dozens birds were searching for insects and spiders in the tree tops.
I knew that photographing these birds would be difficult as they spend much of their time in the canopy some sixty to seventy feet above the ground. So, I put a couple of suet feeders on some trees that I wanted the bird to visit. I chose trees that I could park close to, which allowed me to use my van as a blind. I also chose trees that had an unobstructed view of distant foliage as a background.
It took almost three weeks for the nuthatches to find the feeders, but when they did, they began to go to them on a regular basis. Getting the birds where I wanted them was a bit time consuming, but it allowed me the opportunity to get this and many other shots. I love it when I can simply go out and shoot, and come back with good images. But sometimes you have to really work to get a shot, but usually its worth the trouble.
Nikon D800, Nikkor 500mm f/4, 1/250 second @ f/8