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Feeding Frenzy
Photograph by Michael S. Quinton

A cavity carved out of a rotting black spruce in Montana makes a perfect hideout for a growing family. For about 25 days flicker parents (like the female above) fatten up their young with regurgitated meals of ants and, occasionally, other insects and berries. "By the time they fledge, the nestlings may outweigh their parents," says photographer Michael Quinton, who has watched a similar scene play out many times in his Alaska backyard.

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Nikon F4
Film Type: Unrecorded
Lens: 24mm
Speed and F-Stop: 1/250 @ f/11
Weather Conditions: Clear
Time of Day: Midday
Lighting Techniques: Natural light
Special Equipment or Comments: To accommodate my camera, I prepared a mock nest in the remains of a rotted tree prior to the nesting season.


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