A portion of the Love Dance I witnessed
‘tween two Flickers
Walking in the pouring rain yesterday paid off as I witnessed a Love Dance between two Flickers. I followed their mating calls through the forest, hoping hoping hoping I would see them. For some reason, these birds do not easily stand out and one has to really really look. Crossing fingers my ears would lead me true I finally spotted them. The louder the mating song became, the more cautious I became.
Following a sound in a forest when it is raining is tricky. Sound bounces off trees and then mix in there the rain factor with water bending sound, I considered myself very lucky to get to see what I did. As usual I stood in awe.
So many branches were in the way and they both were so far up I didn’t know if my AF would focus on these birds, not branches. I tried regardless. And I got them! Humbled I stood there, knowing they knew I was there and that they allowed me to watch their Sacred Dance.
I’m beginning to get the hang of my new camera. My main focal point is on the female, but because I set up a square of focal points around the main focal point to come in clear as well, the male came into focus, too. This picture was taken with an aperture of 8, ISO 400, shutter speed of 250, focal length 560mm. Picture is cropped.
*Female is on the left, with the male to her right*
Photography/ “Love Is In The Air”/ April 2019©AmyRose