Red naped Sapsucker

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Red naped Sapsucker.
 
This was the first time I photographed one of these guys. There are several places to photograph nesting birds in the Tetons. Small groves of Aspens near an open space and water always attract the birds. I initially went in search of Mountain Bluebirds against the Aspen tree for a cool shot, but we started noticing so many other species as well. There were Northern Flickers (red shafted variety), Downy Woodpeckers, Tree Swallows, House Wrens and a bunch of Mountain Chickadees. The lighting was perfect on this hole on the side of an Aspen so I set up and waited for it’s occupant to fly up to the tree. Within about a minute the Sapsucker appeared. As we wandered around the grove a bit I began to notice all the “wells” on Willow trees. This was the perfect place for the Sapsuckers to live.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, shutter speed of 1/800th of a second, ISO 1600, Sirui N3204X tripod and PH20 Gimbal head, Lowepro photo backpacks, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron
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