Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Treecreeper.


Now this is the usual view I get of a [Eurasian] Treecreeper (Certhia familiaris) as it scampers onwards and upwards, often moving out of sight, before disappearing off to the base of another tree. I never fail to be mesmerized by this little bird as it purposely creeps upwards seeking out bugs and insects from the crevices in the bark. It is generally quiet and unobtrusive in its brown-spotted camouflage colours making it difficult to focus on against the lichen strewn tree bark.

However, once in a blue moon, I get the chance to capture some images that show its other features; the thin, slightly decurved bill, its long hind-claw and the stiff tail-feathers which enables it to ascend vertically just like an ice climber wearing crampons and using an ice axe to maintain stability plus its striking white underparts, the bold supercilium and the distinctive big notch in the wing-bar that forms a 'right-angle indentation'.

I bet it will be some time before I get that view through the lens again!   FAB.

Linking to Wild Bird Wednesday and Nature Notes.

41 comments:

  1. Wow,what a bonus to get three great images,well done frank.
    John.

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  2. You got some super views of this often unnoticed little bird Frank, well captured...[;o)

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  3. A great post, lovely photos.
    We have this one in Norway too!

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  4. Great images never got close to one myself.

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  5. Hi Frank
    Nice shots this is quite a rare bird in South West Cornwall, but can still find them in the North of the county.

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  6. Great shots Frank, I havn't had a chance to get any pics of these yet.
    All the best Gordon.

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  7. Great shots Frank of a 'mouse' of the trees. Cracking little birds.

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  8. A beautiful bird and great photos of its special features.

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  9. Nicely done. These little fellows are hard to see. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  10. Congrats to your nice photos of the treecreeper!
    We do have it here in Sweden too.
    Thanks for your comment, Frank!
    Greetings Pia

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  11. I adore Creepers and these images show this one off very well!

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  12. Lovely birds to see Frank... great images.

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  13. Nice, Frank! Always enjoy visiting your blog. Someone let me know that my blog feed isn't coming through and that they had to click on my name to see my new post today of the Pheasant. Did my post show up in your list? Blogger just boggles my mind. Could you click on my name and see if it's there? Thank you.

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  14. lovely captures for you Frank; made for a great post on your Treecreeper...

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  15. Lucky you! He's adorable too. Love creepers.

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  16. Welcome to Nature Notes Frank. I am so sorry there was an issue with the Linky, but I have added in your post. We have these cute little creepers here in the states and I enjoy seeing them especially when they come and use one of the suet feeders during the winter..but they are hard to capture and you did it beautifully....Michelle

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  17. Wonderful! Yes, creepers can be really difficult. Thanks for showing.

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  18. Nice shots of the tree creeper!

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  19. Love the plumage on this little guy and by the way your heron header is extraordinary.

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  20. Not easy to get good pics of these little creepers, I've only seen them once and you could barely find them in my pictures. Wonderful!

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  21. HI Frank Wonderful shots of this very attractive birds. Well done. Margaret

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  22. this is a tricky bird. Especially if it is in the shadows. This is nicely lit. :)

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  23. Wonderful shots. You have captured the details beautifully.

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  24. It reminds me of our brown creeper. They are easy to miss because they blend in so well. I agree they are fun to watch...but tricky to photograph.

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  25. Splendid little birds - many years ago I had one in the hand - I could not believe how fine the bill was.

    Nice shots.

    Cheers - and thanks for linking to WBW - Stewart M

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  26. Lovely shots of this cute little bird.

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  27. Good job Frank, great images of the Tree Creeper! I usually get their backs of our Brown Tree Creepers, and that is not often...they are quick little chaps~

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  28. Hi Frank ...Not a easy one to photograph and as you said the chance doesn't come alone often !!
    He is a great bark blender : ), but your photo's gave a good view of the little one!!
    Got some shot's this past winter of one, and haven't been able to seen one since, but I know there is one out there, it is just camouflaged!!
    Grace

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  29. Looks very similar to our Brown Creeper here. Always busy like the Nuthatches...:)

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  30. Beautiful images, from tones and contrasts to textures and light.

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  31. Fab shots - I saw a tree creeper up at Whipsnade Zoo but was so busy going "oh look it's a tree creeper" that I didn't get a shot

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  32. always a pleasure to see good Treecreeper images on WBW, well done Frank.

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  33. These little birds (like our Brown Creepers) are hard to photograph! You were lucky to get such great angles!! :-)

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  34. Hi Everyone. Many thanks for all your complimentary words.

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