Kia hora te manno
Kia whakapapa paumamu te moana
Kia tere te Karohirohi

May the calm be widespread
May the sea glisten like the greenstone
And may the glimmer of summer dance across your pathways

Monday, November 15, 2010


I can't tell you how long I have spent, and how many photos I have attempted to take of this speedy little guy.

The Red breasted Nuthatch has been the most difficult bird who visits my feeders, to take a photo of.

He zooms to the feeder, snatches up a seed, then zooms away just as fast.

The only way I could catch him at the feeder was to wait until I saw him, sit by the window, camera focused on the feeder, finger on the button, waiting for him to land on the perch.

My patience finally paid off, and this past week I have managed to snap a few pictures.

Here is what "all about birds" has to say about this little bird: An intense bundle of energy at your feeder, Red-breasted Nuthatches are tiny, active birds of north woods and western mountains. These long-billed, short-tailed songbirds travel through tree canopies with chickadees, kinglets, and woodpeckers but stick to tree trunks and branches, where they search bark furrows for hidden insects. Their excitable yank-yank calls sound like tiny tin horns being honked in the treetops.

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Alison said...

I get loads of those at my feeder too, they are so cute, but quick-quick-quick! Hurray for finally getting pictures!

Diana (Di) said...

So fun and elating, watching, photographing... Great capture!

Darla said...

So worth all of your effort! Cute little guy.

Diane said...

Great photo! Yes, they are soooo hard to photograph, but lucky you managed to capture this beautiful little bird! Wonderful shots :)

Hocking Hills Gardener said...

Hi Jennifer. What wonderful images of the Nuthatch. They are the speediest little things aren't they? LOL! I have the same problem with Hummingbirds. Have a wonderful week!

Mary Lou said...

yep, that is how I do it! I keep my camera at the ready, and sit there and wait and watch!

Mary Lou said...

yep, that is how I do it! I keep my camera at the ready, and sit there and wait and watch!

Mary Lou said...

the reason it posted twice is because it told me I did not spell the word right and gave me a new word. they goofed!

Lucy Corrander said...

I'm amazed anyone can take photos of birds. Even the slow ones are forever looking around and one never knows when they will take off.

Thank you for following Pictures Just Pictures.

I’ve now used all the allotted space for photos there and have started a new blog so I can carry on. It’s called

Message in a Milk Bottle

I’ve given it a different look but its purpose is unchanged - a photo a day.


fer said...

So good you catch him! it looks very pretty

Heather said...

Great shots - cute little bird. Lovely!

Corner Gardener Sue said...

What fun! You finally got some great photos! I like that feeder, too.

Thanks for visiting my bloom day post.

bettyl said...

I bet you had fun waiting for just the right moments! Great shot, worth waiting for.

lifeshighway said...

Great shot, we get the little nuthatches at our feeders too. You diligence paid off.

The Whimsical Gardener said...

Hi Jennifer, Congratulations on capturing the little cutie in a photo! I've no skill when it comes to bird photography and hope to work on it this winter. I think it takes patience more than anything and I'm not sure at this stage of the game whether I can teach myself that! I can just imagine your excitement! Have a great weekend.