Photography of Birds – Set # 125

Set # 125


Downy Woodpecker


Downy Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker


Downy woodpeckers are native to forested areas, mainly deciduous, of North America. Their range consists of most of the United States and Canada, except for the deserts of the southwest and the tundra of the north. Mostly permanent residents, northern birds may migrate further south; birds in mountainous areas may move to lower elevations.
Downy woodpeckers nest in a tree cavity excavated by the nesting pair in a dead tree or limb. In the winter, they roost in tree cavities. Downy Woodpeckers forage on trees, picking the bark surface in summer and digging deeper in winter. They mainly eat insects, also seeds and berries.

Blue Jay


Blue Jay

Blue Jay


Its plumage is lavender-blue to mid-blue in the crest, back, wings, and tail, and its face is white. The underside is off-white and the neck is collared with black which extends to the sides of the head. The wing primaries and tail are strongly barred with black, sky-blue and white. The bill, legs, and eyes are all black. Males and females are almost identical, but the male is slightly larger. As with most other blue-hued birds, the blue jay’s coloration is not derived from pigments but is the result of light interference due to the internal structure of the feathers; if a blue feather is crushed, the blue disappears because the structure is destroyed. This is referred to as structural coloration.

© HJ Ruiz – Avian101

15 thoughts on “Photography of Birds – Set # 125

  1. That flared-out tail is great for showing the trademark ID with its black bands or dots on the white feathers. The colour in Blue Jays is so special and interesting to find that it is due to the structure of the feather and light interference rather than pigment.

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