Brown headed Nuthatch

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Brown headed Nuthatch.
 
The other really cool bird(s) I was able to observe and photograph was a pair of Brown headed Nuthatches who were in the process of excavating a nest in the side of a tree. I saw a couple of friends down the path photographing in a direction and kept looking out into the distance to see what they were shooting. As I approached they showed me what they were doing and of course I asked if I could join them. This pair entertained us for probably an hour or so at different times during the day. One would go inside the hole and dig and dig, then emerge with a beak full of shavings over and over. It would repeat the process until the other, who was supervising would fly off, then the one excavating would follow. They would return a little while later and repeat the process. The hole in the tree is about the size of a quarter and the bird is about the size of your thumb. Fascinating to watch, incredible to photograph!
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 400, shutter speed of 1/400th of a second, Sirui P424S monopod and L10 head, MindShiftGear MP-7 backpack, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronImageMasters, #SiruiPro, #SiruiUSA, #MindShiftGear, #ThinkTankPhoto
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