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Red-breasted nuthatch        Images © Mark A. Chappell

Red-breasted nuthatches (and their nasal calls) are characteristic of dense forests, but in winter they may migrate south into more open areas.  I photographed these birds as they foraged in the dead lower branches of a huge Jeffrey Pine on Deadman Creek, in the eastern Sierra Nevada of California, at the north rim of the Grand Canyon, and -- during an unusual winter invasion -- near the Salton Sea in the California desert.

  • Canon 1D Mk. II or 1D4; 500mm f4 IS with 2X converter or 800 mm IS lens with 1.4X converter, fill-in flash (2005, 2006, 2012)