A Visit From A Red-Bellied Woodpecker

I was recently sitting on the back deck enjoying the arrival our deep blue irises when a woodpecker stopped by the bird feeder.  (What's up with that, anyway?  I thought those guys ate bugs they dug out of the sides of trees.)  I had my Canon EOS-350D with me and the Canon EF135 mm F2L USM lens.  This lens is wonderfully fast on autofocus and crystal clear; here's a few shots that I grabbed before the woodpecker flew off.  The shots are at F/2 and shutter around 1/500.

"Hmmm, do I really want to eat this seed stuff?  I mean, that's for FINCHES, you know?"

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"Okay, maybe I'll just pull one out... let's see ... y'know, this'd be easier with a grub, they're squishier."

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"Time to go!"

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Still going...  one of the Canon's nice features is the "hold down the shutter button and it fires several times a second" one.  The only down-side is that you've got to buy somewhat more expensive CF cards as they've got to be fast in order to keep up with the camera.

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A red headed woodpecker visited a few weeks later:

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