HDR image (click on it for a larger view) of a pyracantha plant. It looks wonderfully, almost exhuberantly overgrown. Three images were taken, hand held, and then combined into an HDR using Photoshop (thanks for the tip, Tombo). Then I used Photomatix to do the tone mapping.
I got some more ladder backed woodpecker images (click on images for a larger view). I got about a dozen, these are the ones I liked best. The images were taken in late afternoon, the sun was low and came right under the tree branches to lighten up the tree trunk, bird feeders, and the woodpecker.
Also, fellow birders, I found a nice site for you to check out. BirdPost. My user name there is dagnyg