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FLICKER PORTRAIT

Rail Trail, South Amherst

Photograph and text by Anne E. Ely of South Hadley

Each time I passed a certain dead tree on the rail trail in South Amherst this spring, I would check to see if last year’s flicker nest was again occupied and sure enough, one day, there she was poking her head out of the hole, patiently (or impatiently) waiting for her mate to return for his turn on the nest. He did return, but very warily. He would fly in to a nearby tree, then to a closer tree, then on to the nest tree, but not directly to the nest. If I made a movement or sound, off he would go until he felt it was safe to approach the nest. This image was captured with a tripod-mounted DSLR camera, a medium telephoto lens — and a stiff neck from standing below the tree with my head tipped back and my camera pointed up.

Anne E. Ely is affiliated with the Robert Floyd Photo Gallery, 2 East St., Southampton. Other nature images are on view there Tuesdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 6 p.m.

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