Sunday, May 2, 2010

Matty behind the lens...

Matty and I were in the kitchen when our beautiful Red-bellied Woodpecker flew up to the suet feeder. The day was overcast and grey, which seemed to be the perfect weather conditions for glowing red feathers. At first Matty and I just watched him, mesmerized by the intense red-orange, then Matty grabbed the camera and took a few photos. He didn't know if they would turn out because it was his first time to shoot. I think he has a pretty steady hand and good eye! He was shooting through glass too... Way to go, Matt! I LOVE them!





...and down below, two Mourning Doves were hanging out being sweet. They caught Matty's eye too...

46 comments:

Midmarsh John said...

You have some stiff competition there Kelly. Great shots Matty.

rebeccainthewoods said...

Great photos of the infamously hard-to-see red belly?

rebeccainthewoods said...

Oops - that should have ended with an exclamation mark, not a question mark. Curse my poor typing skills.

Kelly said...

...Thanks, John! I think I'm going to have to keep my eye on the camera!

...Thanks, Rebecca! I told Matty the same thing...great red belly! He was pretty happy.

holdingmoments said...

Well done Matty. Great shots.
A very talented family Kelly.

Roy said...

Great shots, especially for a first timer shooting through a window.

Ah, Kelly, you would have loved to have been where I was this morning. This was bird walk Sunday (it happens biweekly), and we ended up at Miantonomi Park on the north end of Newport; the park is Migratory Warbler Central in May, and the whole bunch of us came out with bad cases of Warbler Whiplash. We saw and heard: Northern Parulas, Yellow-rumped Warblers, a Nashville Warbler, Palm Warblers, Eastern Towhees, Phoebes, a Great Crested Flycatcher (or maybe two), a Red-tailed Hawk, and a Turkey Vulture. There were other groups of birders from all over RI there as well (the word went out yesterday that the park was hopping), and from them we heard about sightings of a Prothonotary Warbler, a Summer Tanager, Scarlet Tanagers, and an Orchard Oriole. What with the usual cast of Cardinals. Chickadees, Robins, Blue Jays, and Tufted Titmice, the place was an absolute cacophony of birdsong!

Gaina said...

They are amazing photographs, well done Matty! :)

mick said...

Those are great photos and the red on the bird is spectacular.

Linda Yarrow said...

Lovely pictures, lovely brightly coloured Woodpecker:)

Elaine said...

Matty, supurb shots! You'll have to grab the camera more--or start lobbying for your own camera.....

dAwN said...

Well done Matty! Awesome shots! great composition.

Wanda said...

Maybe Mattie needs his own camera now, Kelly! Loved his photos!
...Wanda♥

JeniQ said...

Great Pics Matty!!!!!

Heather said...

Awesome work, Matty! You have your mom's eye for a good shot!

TonyC said...

This is so not fair!! How can there be soooo much talent in one family!! LOL!! seriously though, Great shots Matty.

eileeninmd said...

Gorgeous shots of the red bellies woodie. Can't miss that red belly. Awesome capture!

Cicero Sings said...

Great shots! Way to go Matty.

ShySongbird said...

Goodness! The talent runs in the family...superb shots!

Pam said...

Kelly,
Matty did a wonderful job of capturing the beauty of this gorgeous Red Bellied woodpecker.
Brave and well done, Matty... I see a new camera in your future :)

Mary said...

Looks fantastic to me! Steady hand and some great shots!

Busy Bee Suz said...

I am totally impressed with his shooting skills!!! Great job Matty!

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Wow Kelly----Like Mama like son, huh???? Think he may pass you up sometime with his photography skills????? Hmmmmmmmmmmm....

Great shots, Mattie.
Hugs,
Betsy

Bill S. said...

Fantastic pictures. Those are some very great capture by Matty.

Valerie said...

I love it when I get shots like this! Nice job. Beautiful pictures!

Jayne said...

I don't think I've ever seen a Red-bellied with THAT red of a belly! Geat shots Matty!

Susan said...

Well done Mom and son! and lovely woodpecker shots!

Roy said...

Absolutely fabulous shots of the Woodpecker Kelly.

E said...

Wonderful pics, 10/10 ! Matty, like mother like son, :) Congrats, color, clarity,pose, birds, beauty, light , all perfect. Hugs to all.

yen said...

as usual, these photos are simply gorgeous.

Kathy A. Johnson said...

Yay, Matty! Like mother, like son. Beautiful shots.

JKoenig said...

Way to go Matti...Not only is the red head glowing, but great shots of the belly too!

Warren Baker said...

....and I bet Matty paints as well as you too. :-)

Laure Ferlita said...

Way to go, Matty!

Apparently, photography skills run in the family!!

Allison said...

I especially love the little striped pantaloons around the legs when he is upside down. Great shots Matty!

Kelly said...

...thanks, everyone for your kind comments. Matty was amazed so many people liked his photo. --I think I had better keep my eye on the camera. I know the lure of the lens--once you start there's no turning back! (That camera used to belong to Rick, but he snoozed just a little too often, and suddenly it was mine!)

The Early Birder said...

Excellent shots, particularly through the window...WELL DONE Matty. Look forward to seeing more from the budding naturalist. FAB.

Hilke Breder said...

Kelly, I have never seen a RBW with such a red belly! Great photos. The ones that I see here are usually much paler.

Hilke Breder said...

P.S. Good start, Matty. You are going to be an excellent photographer if youi keep it up!

Larry said...

Beautiful shots of the Red-bellied Woodpecker Matty! Keep up the good work.

oldcrow61 said...

These are wonderful pictures. Congratulations to Matty.

elvira pajarola said...

COMPLIMENTS!!!!!!!
These are just fantastic photos of an incredibly sympatic little woodpecker! MAGNIFICIENT!!!
What a pleasure to visit your fabulous blog!!
Have a great day!
ciao ciao elvira from Tuscany

Sarah Knight said...

Those are stunning photos : )

Johnny Nutcase said...

these guys are so sweet - really love that first one!

Paula said...

Wow! Wicked shots of the Red-bellied woodpecker!! I am hoping that my trip to Point Pelee this coming weekend will offer me a gimps of this wonderful woodpecker.

Anna said...

Kelly your Matty and my Matthew should get together for birdwatching and photography too. This morning I spotted nice little bird on the fence, and he too tries to take photos. But I had to do it myself, as he still shoots in the air, lol. Excellent photo by Matty, Anna :)

Robin Robinson said...

LLllooooooooove the Red Bellies! We have them. They make great photo subjects. Nice captures!