Weekly Photo Challenge: Pattern

Male Flicker
Male Flicker, a photo by Fergiemoto on Flickr.  (click on photo to enlarge)
Female Flicker
Female Flicker, a photo by Fergiemoto on Flickr.  (click on photo to enlarge)

indelible patterns
embellish autumn colors
woodpecker clothing

These are photos of a male (top) and female (lower) Red-shafted Northern Flicker.  They are a medium-sized member of the woodpecker family and are known as one of the few woodpecker species that migrate.  They reside in western North America.  (There is also a Yellow-shafted variety that resides in eastern North America.)

Their outer coloring is mostly neutral with handsome black-scalloped plumage along their back, a bold black chest crescent, and white/buff with black spotting along their front feathers.  The males have a red moustache.  Both sexes are red under their tail and wings, and are stunning when they take off with their vibrant flashes and flickers of red!  They eat mainly ants and beetles, and spend lots of time on the ground.

Their colors are indicative of autumn for me.  Here, they frequent our suet feeders in the winter, and are gone by spring.

This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge is to share a picture which means pattern to you.

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53 responses to “Weekly Photo Challenge: Pattern

  1. That is some beautiful bird …. never seen a woodpecker that beautiful and both male and female has those lovely colors and patterns. And the photos in themselves are fantastic.

  2. Nicely done! I love the flickers. Here in the West Coast they stick around all year. (And drum on anything roof top and metal…at 4am) 🙂

  3. Gorgeous photos, Fergie. Such beautiful birds and so well captured in the frame.
    These are really well shot.

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  5. Wow! What beautiful shots. I had to do a double and triple look on the first shot to make sure it wasn’t a painting. Fantastic shooting, Fergiemoto. 🙂

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  9. Oh my goodness, what fabulous photographs! Your photography takes my breath away with each new one I see. Just beyond words. I thought my appreciation of nature was always strong, but since my diagnosis I realise how much more intense it has become. i love my visits here:) xx.

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  11. What wonderful captures of this beautiful pair of birds! The first shot is just amazing, really showing off the red in the feathers.

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  14. You have an incredible eye for and incredible skills to capture birds. These of the Red-shafted Northern Flicker are beautiful. In particular I find the first photo of the male tantalizing, captured in the exact right moment. Love your haiku too.

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