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Creeper Claws by DeeOtter Creeper Claws by DeeOtter
First time that I've gotten a decent picture of bird and feets. Creepers have feet/claws that work very well for clinging to and for climbing trees in search of macro-invertebrates hiding in the bark. There were a lot of creepers at the park again, along with a lot of chickadees (but they were hanging out at the top of the trees...because that's where the branches are) but the creepers would come down to the ground and climb up the tree.
I also realllly wish I had a picture of the creeper that landed on my leg for ~2 seconds. It flew right at me and I thought missed until I looked down and found the tiny brown bird on my leg. It promptly flew off when I said hi.

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Brown creeper
Certhia americana
Bozeman, MT
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Synari Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
So hard to get good shots of these guys. Excellent work!
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DeeOtter Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks! I've had pretty good luck with these guys in the winter time. 
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EricReynolds Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
One of my favorite little birds! I had never seen one until I moved to Germany, where they have two species of creepers :) I see them every once in a while and it's always a treat!
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DeeOtter Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Neat! There's only one species of creeper in the states. I would love to travel somewhere to see a wall creeper. They look awesome!
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kitten-in-a-hat Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Brilliant photo, love the moment and the detail you've captured. Lovely colours and focus.
Thank you all for all the facts too. Love it!
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DeeOtter Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks!
They're awesome little birds. It's a real treat when you can actually spot one moving along the bark of a tree.
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pandasanta Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Nice Shot!
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DeeOtter Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks!
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Hallpen Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013
;^; Why your all photos are so perfect?! awww;;; what a cute bird!!*faint*
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DeeOtter Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
:D Not all the pictures are perfect. I usually end up taking a TON of pictures where only a handful actually come out pretty nice. Especially for these fast moving birds.
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Hallpen Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013
But the end results are unbelievably incredible. XoX:heart: ahhhhhh I’ll look forward to your next work...'3'
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SageKorppi Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
THOSE CLAWS
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DeeOtter Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
The better to hug you with!
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Kwheatland Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013
I love gravity-defying birds! Very impressive claws for such a small bird. I wonder how those claws would of felt if you weren't wearing the jeans. Poor little thing would of been so frightened by a talking 'tree' xD

I love how the soft warm colours almost feel cool (or maybe that's my air con? :)) It all ties in well with the birds' tones.
Your photos always make me smile and 'aww'!
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DeeOtter Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I have a few pictures where they're hanging upside down on a tree branch. I can't imagine such tiny claws digging into someone's skin too easily..but I could be wrong. They could be needle sharp and I've poked myself with a number of needles. I've had a few birds land on my hand (lorikeets, turacos and gray jays) and it doesn't hurt at all.
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WillemSvdMerwe Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013
Hi there! Thanks for this photo, one doesn't see many creeper photos. I think they're very cute and I love the story of one landing on your leg!
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DeeOtter Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks! They're the only tree creeper that is native to North America. I'd love to do some traveling and find a wall creeper. They look awesome.
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Jack-13 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013
Freaky looking bird almost looks like you could grab him and throw him at a dart board. Pretty interesting that it attached itself to your leg.
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DeeOtter Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh gawd that's a terrible image.
I didn't expect to have a creeper buddy for 2 seconds. My leg is not made of bark...I wasn't even wearing tree colored pants at the time. Still pretty neat.
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ShiroIri Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
If you changed the angle, like viewing the Creeper from behind, it could probably blend right into the tree!
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DeeOtter Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Yep! I have a handful of pictures from the back of the creeper. They really do blend right into the trees.
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LexerJ Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Student Photographer
I bet that was awesome when it landed on you leg!
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DeeOtter Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
And I don't look anything like a tree. I have no idea what colors they can see, but I'm pretty sure blue jeans don't look like tree trunks.
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LexerJ Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Student Photographer
Maybe they sense that you are a good person! ;) Animals sometimes have that ability!
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DeeOtter Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Could be. Totally wished that worked with kingfishers. Every time I see one it's zooming away.
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LexerJ Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Student Photographer
I have yet to see a kingfisher. :)
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DeeOtter Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm amazed I'm seeing them in the winter time. Most of the rivers are frozen over. But on occasion I'll see one hanging out on a power line above a trickling creek.
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LexerJ Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Student Photographer
That is pretty cool!
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meihua Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013
Wow, look at those claws!
And WOW a creeper landed on you! Were you dressed in brown and green that day? :XD:
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DeeOtter Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Oddly enough I wasn't. Just wearing jeans. Makes me wonder what colors they can see. It fled when I looked down and said hi, and this time went to an actual tree to creep up.
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