The Gilded Flicker (Colaptes chrysoides) is a large-sized woodpecker of the Sonoran, Yuma, and eastern Colorado Desert regions of the southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico. I have seen these in my yard, but they seem to be scarce and are quite difficult to get close to, even with a 400mm lens and a doubler. I typically see Gila Woodpeckers more and whenever I see the Gilded Flicker, the Gila Woodpeckers aren't far behind, ready to chase them away.
Jenn on 22nd November 2010 @ 11:47am
Nice shot, Ken..Love the colors and clarity
John on 26th November 2010 @ 6:28pm
It feels like bird is going to jump right out of my monitor. Impressive!
Monica on 9th December 2010 @ 9:21am
What a beauty! Without doubt nature is the greatest artist and man can only make a feeble attempt to duplicate a poor copy. My comment is in a wider sense and it takes away nothing from your excellent shot. I have just ordered 100-400mm zoom lens for my canon 7d camera. I hope the combination will prove up to the task of taking good shots of birds and wild ;life, not forgetting of course the contribution of the the man behind the camera. I wonder what camera gear you used for your shot of the bird.
Duke Sekhon on 11th February 2011 @ 2:37am
This one was taken quite a while ago, Duke, but most likely I used my 100-400mm lens on it.
Ken Dobson on 11th February 2011 @ 7:51pm
i have two of these living in a tree in my front yard. i am able to get up close to about 10 ft from them. they are beautiful! wish you could come take a pic of the ones at my house! you'd have a hayday!!!
tbailey on 7th May 2011 @ 10:30am
Where do you live at, tbailey?
Ken Dobson on 8th May 2011 @ 1:30am
We just had one of these in our feeder in Phoenix. It had a brighter red moustache so I might assume it was the male and this was the female version in your photo.
Mark Kaiser on 16th January 2012 @ 9:58pm