Rose-Breasted NuthatchFebruary 2006

The rose-breasted nuthatch is about two-thirds the size of a white-breasted nuthatch, which is already a small bird.

For that matter, the rose-breasted nuthatch (who we call Rose) reminds me more of a chickadee: it has a feisty spirit. When seed or suet is replenished, Rose is the first one back.

Rose-breasted nuthatch
Rose occasionally tries bird seed, but prefers the suet. As any nuthatch, Rose is equally adept being upside-down or right-side up.
Rose-breasted nuthatch
In the photo below, Rose is about to take off.
Rose-breasted nuthatch
  Photo note: I used a Pentax *ist D, with the SMC-A* 300mm lens with the 1.7x Pentax adapter (used manually although the adapter allows autofocus).

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