Wednesday, January 30, 2013 11:20:14 PM
First two images of a pied wagtail, which definitely warrants the description 'pretty'. They are also bold and will wander up to within a few feet of the camera.
Those were taken nice and close. Trickier by some distance was a female great spotted woodpecker. I 'spotted' her flying into one of the trees near the edge of the pond and eventually located her hiding among the branches. It looks like a fairly clear view in this photo, but believe me she was far from obvious and there was only about one angle which offered a view. Woodpeckers are notoriously shy.
She didn't stay there long. The next shots show her attempt at a quick getaway.
She didn't go far, but she had found a perch which provided a good deal more cover, but which is entirely typical of woodpeckers.
Camera note: all shots taken with the Canon 7D and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L USM IS lens.