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No no, that’s not a typo. When you go out in the “wilderness” to a silent place reasonably remote and away from direct civilization you tend to get more blivious to your environment.

A couple of weeks ago I took a friend out for a photoshoot and yesterday that same friend took me out for a photoshoot. I’d been in the area before, not that exact same spot, but that was years ago and in summer, and boy, do things look different in winter. Especially with the amount of snow we have at the moment. We walked through about 55cm of snow to get to places.
The place appears to be a woodpecker “sanctuary”. I vaguely remember that summer we were out there for a walk we saw one or two, but I didn’t realize that it actually was such a special place. Now we were further out and the first thing we heard when we got out of the car was the knocking on wood. Very hard to miss, really. It took a moment to locate where the sound came from, but surely, after a bit we noticed the little fellow. I already get a headache shaking my head a bit too violently, can’t even imagine doing that in -10°C in a frozen, with snow covered tree trunk. I wonder if that cushioning system they have in their heads is available for humans also…

Woodpecker

D700, ISO200, 1/250 sec @ f/4, Nikkor 70-200mm

I’m not a super avid birder myself, but when I see nice ones I do like to capture them. I think I got a bit of the fever from a friend of mine I met back in the US last summer. When we drove home from a shoot we passed through a place called Ninepipes, which is supposed to be a bird-heaven. We sat there with our camera’s at the ready for close to two hours and shot some really nice pictures.

D200, ISO200, 1/400 sec @ f/4, Nikkor 70-200mm, 1.4x teleconverter

D200, ISO200, 1/400 sec @ f/4, Nikkor 70-200mm, 1.4x teleconverter

Anyway… Last weekend when I went out on a hike with my better half we encountered a supposedly rare species (at least it was rare 18 years ago when my better half got her bird book 😀 ): a eurasian three-toed woodpecker. I missed a woodpecker already earlier that hike, because I had the wrong lens on, but this time I had it right.

D200, ISO100, 1/30 sec @ f/4, Nikkor 70-200mm, 1.4x teleconverter

D200, ISO100, 1/30 sec @ f/4, Nikkor 70-200mm, 1.4x teleconverter