Insect or Sap ?

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Yves Langlois

Great compo Debra. Perfectly framed with the branch at an angle. Various textures and colors of the surrounding leaves make a nice effect here, not to forget the patch of sky that bring a touch of lighting. Very well done with a super description.

Debra Plett

Thank you Yves, I did have trouble with getting enough light in this photo.

Heather Mellon

Beautiful lighting and bokeh in this one Debra. They're striking looking birds even at this early stage of life and you've captured that very nicely here. .

Debra Plett

Thank you Heather. This is my first encounter with a yellow-bellied sapsucker. Always nice to see a new type of bird.

Scott Reeve

Nice capture. Informative description, thank you, Debra!

Debra Plett

Thank you Scott.

Jane LeBlanc

Nice capture, Debra.

Debra Plett

Thank you Jane.

The past couple of days I believe a family of Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers has stopped to fuel up on their migration journey south. They have been enjoying the nectar from this young oak tree. This would be a juvenile as they have a brownish wash over their bodies and a finely spotted crown. The adult males have a red head and throat and the adult females have a white throat. If you look closely at the picture you can see the red feathers starting to appear which tells me that this is more than likely a juvenile male.
Taken By
Debra Plett
Taken On
September 27, 2023
yellow bellied sapsucker eagle dogtooth provincial park lake leaf plant tree animal bird twig branch beak feather
  • Focal: 600
  • Lens Model: Sony FE 200–600mm F5.6–6.3 G OSS (SEL200600G)
  • Shutter speed: 0.000625 sec
  • Aperture: f/ 6.3

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