"NARCISSUS" - Northern Flicker

June 09, 2022  •  Leave a Comment


Northern Flicker (Male) - 5 Photos



In Greek mythology, Narcissus was a hunter, who fell in love with his own reflection in the waters of a spring and pined away. (And this, of course, is where the term "narcissim" comes from.)


So when is a flicker not a flicker - when it's a floating. Two male flickers had a set to on a tree next to the creek. They did the flight chase straight down the tree and unfortunately, the lower one didn't pull out of the death dive in time and landed in the creek.


Now I have to give the flicker its dues. As soon as he hit the water, he immediately lifted up his tail feathers to keep them dry. He floated there a few seconds, probably a little bit surprised with his circumstances. And then flapped his wings and being so close to shore, it was no problem to reach land and dry out.


He never did look down at his reflection in the water, which I must say is quite magical, so perhaps he is not as narcissistic as we think.









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