Each year, I get at least one crack at a photo of a Brown Creeper, sometimes two.
Most of the shots I manage to get of the stiff-tailed little birds are out of focus or too far away to tell what the bird is. The birds don’t sit still for long and their method of foraging on the trunks of trees makes it more difficult, they make a spiraling ascent of the tree. They appear, then they disappear, appear, disappear, around and around the tree all the time getting higher and farther away.
Today (11/21/13) I managed to get my annual creeper shot, along with several out of focus and distant shots. My job is done. I will, however, try again if I happen to see another creeper making its way up the side of a tree here at the Museum. But, the pressure’s off, I did what I needed to do. I secured my annual Brown Creeper photo.
What’s that, you can’t see the bird’s face? I suppose it would’ve been better if the bird had stopped its ascent and turned to look at me long enough to snap a nice profile shot. It is still early in the season, perhaps another creeper will make itself available to me. But, until that time, this is the official creeper photo.
Greg Dodge is a professional naturalist as well as a writer, videographer and producer of natural history DVDs. His images have been used in various TV productions, museum displays, and corporate videos. Above all, he has a fascination and passion for all things natural.
He can be found Tuesday thru Saturday in Explore the Wild, Catch the Wind, or on the Dinosaur Trail. Ask him what’s new in the wild!