Wednesday

One Great Thing About Winter

During the winter the birds are so much more visible.  
They can't hide behind the leaves.

  Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. Aren't those feathers awesome??

  This has to be one of my all time favorite birds. 
(but don't I say that about them all?)
 To find one in my yard is absolute heaven! I'm sure there are MANY great things about Winter - but my favorite thing about winter is that I can see the birds better.

If winter comes, can spring be far behind?
 ― Percy Bysshe Shelley

44 comments:

Kathy said...

She's definitely a beauty for a female bird.

My favorite thing about winter? Where I live it means that we can walk around most times in our shirt sleeves or a light jacket and don't have to run the air conditioner! We always have beautiful roses in Phoenix during the winter months and they're my favorite flower to photograph.

June said...

Excellent work Kerri! Are you using Topaz program to put finishing polish to it?

Stacey Dawn at "Addicted to The Click" said...

Wow - check out the color - and the texture in that fluffy birdie! How fun for you to be able to capture them in their glory!

Scriptor Senex said...

Like you - my favourite thing is the birds that the winter brings to my home. (And being a boring bloke I have to admit that the fact that it is the UK soccer season is a plus!)

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Gorgeous pictures.My favorite thing about winter,HMMM,less outside work,consequently more computer time.:)
Blessings,Ruth

Coy said...

Good point about winter Kerri. Now if this snow keeps coming like it has the last few days I may be ready for an early spring ;)

MikeyBoy50 said...

Kerri
Those are beautiful shots.
I have never seen a Sapsucker with such vivid colors.

CG said...

That's another bird we don't have over here! Beautiful. My favourite thing about winter is walking in fresh snow!

dAwN said...

Beautiful shots Kerri!

imac said...

Really pretty, and super shots.Love your birds Kerri.

mountain.mama said...

The best thing about winter is that it is followed by spring. Wonderful bird shot today!

Steve Borichevsky said...

Awsome! My favorite thing about winter is when it ends and the sap runs!

Cindy said...

She's very lovely and seemed quite content in your yard. Lucky you :)

Valerie said...

Wow! that is an awesome bird! I hope I get to see one of those!

Thanks for the tip on the chair. I googled it. Looks really interesting! I may just have to invest in one of those! Thanks!

Country Girl said...

We were just talking about the yellow bellied sapsucker today. My husband first heard of the bird watching The Beverly Hillbillies as a child!
You are so awesome. Just like the feathers!

Lew said...

Awesome shots of the birds you have!

Happyone :-) said...

You sure have a lot of different birds in your yard. Another beautiful shot.

Hilary said...

What a gorgeous bird. I've never seen one. :)

Debbie Miller @HooootOwl said...

Love this Yellow Bellied Sap Sucker Series!

Nigella Hillgarth said...

I just love your Yellow-bellied Sapsuckershots!!

Gayle said...

What a treat, your photo is wonderful. I have never seen one.

Our winter means rain, rain brings the greening of the hills. We have a lovely mountain from our backyard view. It is about a quarter of a mile away. It is greening. :>

Bob West said...

God has greatly gifted you
I enjoyed visiting your blog
God Bless; http://westbob.blogspot.com/2010/02/encourager-part-1.html

jeannette stgermain said...

My favorite thing about the winter is sitting in the warmth of a fire and watch it very slowly die.

Jayne said...

Awwww... I love her!! I happened to see one over at my parents house the other day... course, no camera did I have...drats! Thanks for sharing your girl with us. She's just beautiful!

Richard said...

Magnificent pictures of the female Sapsucker. That's one bird I keep looking for and haven't found yet.

Rick de Zoete said...

Love your bird shots ! And what a variety you get.

What I love about winter is a good snow storm - it seems to bring people together since it really slows us down !

Barb said...

How is it possible for so many colors, textures, and patterns to be on one bird? Just amazing, Kerri! I love the special light of winter - often blue - but not the blue of disappointment.

tattytiara said...

You've got a point. It's always cool when the leaves drop and suddenly you can see so much more of the land you've been walking, and where so many things have been living! That bird truly does have incredible plumage. Gorgeous photos.

kalamarie123 said...

You are very talented, these images are not easy to capture.

Marcie said...

I'm amazed at the beautiful birds you've managed to capture. This one may be the most beautiful of all. Gorgeous images!!!

Rob said...

Well, you got me there about the good aspects of winter. I guess I dislike winter is the temps around 0, that is tough on the hands.

Chris said...

Yes I guess that when you get so nice shot of one species, then you can be happy that the leaves did fell in autumn ;-) Gorgeous shots you got!

PEP said...

Great shot!! It´s abeatiful bird!!!
Congratulations!!Best regards from Delta of Llobregat!!

Patrina said...

She is beautiful, Kerri,

The ONLY thing I like about winter is that life slows down. I'm not so busy. No garden...no yard work...no picnics on the grass... I usually have more time to write and cozy up with a book to stay warm. Never have time for that in the summer!

i beati said...

whata beautiful treasure you lucky girl-- life cycles...

SandyCarlson said...

Wonderful shots. Yesterday I was thinking a similar thought--how good it is to have so much blue to take in--how good to see it!

ladyfi said...

What a gorgeous bird! Great shots.

I love sun shining on snow - that's truly magical!

järnebrand said...

Those feathers are definately awesome! Wow. Beautiful photos! :)

gaelikaa said...

What lovely pictures. Beautiful bird...

slommler said...

Beautiful photo! My favorite thing about winter is that it is almost over!! woohoo!!! Actually, even though they are dangerous, I love when the ice fog hits and covers all the vegetation with the frosty white ice!! Love it!!
Congrats on the POTW
Hugs
SueAnn

Land of shimp said...

I've never seen that kind of bird before, and the articulation (is that the correct word? No clue, but it feels like it should be) of the colors, and feathers is really quite breathtaking. You're right, these wonderful splashes of color in an otherwise gray winter are just amazing to behold.

Such a lovely photograph, and congratulations on the post of the week mention over at Hilary's blog. You know, I was never the biggest fan of birds. I actually was afraid of them as a child, but I can honestly say through HIlary's blog directing me to such gifted photographers, I see how much beauty I've been previously missing. Thank you.

Daryl said...

Congrats on POTW mention from Hilary

CherylK said...

A beautiful bird and a remarkable photograph...congratulations on being chosen by Hilary as one of her POTWs!!

Mimi said...

Kerrie, these are beautiful shots.

I see from previous comments that you got a POTW mention- very well deserved.! Congratulations!

My favourite thing about winter is sitting in front of a big fire, drinking tea and eating Christmas cake! And looking at your bird photos, particularly the ones with snow in them.
Simple pleasures!

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