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PeterD 18th June 2015 10:43 PM

Green Woodpecker visits my garden
 
Virtually every morning, at dawn, this bird feeds on my bird feeding station. Usually raiding the peanuts. Recently, he has started to visit in broad daylight raiding some ants nests. These birds are normally timid and would disappear on spotting someone - the yellow rump showing when the bird is in flight ( I have lots of such photos;)).

This bird tolerated me being reasonably close by for about 5 minutes.

http://www.imageinuk.com/Birds/Woodp...6174441-XL.jpg
It stops feeding and checks me out.

http://www.imageinuk.com/Birds/Woodp...6174438-XL.jpg
It can hear the camera shutter operating which unsettles it more.

http://www.imageinuk.com/Birds/Woodp...6174434-XL.jpg
Should I go?

http://www.imageinuk.com/Birds/Woodp...6174428-XL.jpg
No....it returns to the ant's nest and continues feeding.

http://www.imageinuk.com/Birds/Woodp...6174423-XL.jpg
There goes that noise again.

http://www.imageinuk.com/Birds/Woodp...6174418-XL.jpg
I shall leave the ants for another day.

It flew off before I could take another photo:(

Hope you enjoy these

Best wishes

Peter

Zuiko 19th June 2015 12:02 AM

Re: Green Woodpecker visits my garden
 
That's a superb set of one of our more exotic birds. :)

OM USer 19th June 2015 05:12 PM

Re: Green Woodpecker visits my garden
 
Wow, you were lucky (and skilful) to get close. We had one in our garden and I was shooting at 300mm through the double glazing.

pandora 19th June 2015 05:21 PM

Re: Green Woodpecker visits my garden
 
Good to see that you got a nice set with this one, Peter.
I saw on TV an interesting doco on the woodpecker's ability to avoid brain damage from constant high speed pecking.
Here's an article on it: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencete...ct-energy.html

PeterD 20th June 2015 03:18 AM

Re: Green Woodpecker visits my garden
 
Thank you all for your replies/Likes etc.

Thanks for your useful link too Mark:), a very interesting study.

Phill D 20th June 2015 08:00 AM

Re: Green Woodpecker visits my garden
 
Really nice set of a lovely bird. Never had the opportunity to see one myself.

PeterD 20th June 2015 08:43 AM

Re: Green Woodpecker visits my garden
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by pandora (Post 349526)
Good to see that you got a nice set with this one, Peter.
I saw on TV an interesting doco on the woodpecker's ability to avoid brain damage from constant high speed pecking.
Here's an article on it: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencete...ct-energy.html

Mark. You got me thinking about the strange eyelid position on the Woodpecker. Normally we photographers try to display eyes as clearly as possible and avoid posting images with the eyelids only partially open. Here is an image from the series which I had not previously posted for the above reason.
http://www.imageinuk.com/Birds/Woodp...6174425-XL.jpg

The lids are clearly positioned to avoid debris from entering the eye when pecking at tree trunks. It still allows the bird to see behind it if it so chooses.

Best wishes and thanks again for your post.

Beagletorque 20th June 2015 10:21 AM

Re: Green Woodpecker visits my garden
 
Excellent shots Peter! Thanks for posting. The eyelid thing is very interesting too. We have a green visit the garden too for the ants, it's often heard but rarely seen due the garden layout. One year a neighbour saw it and knocked the door to say that there was a sick parrot in my garden! I asked her to describe it and what it was doing and was able to reassure her that it was a healthy green woodpecker!

DavyG 20th June 2015 04:43 PM

Re: Green Woodpecker visits my garden
 
Very good shots of a normally shy bird.

You did well to get these.

Dave

brian1208 20th June 2015 04:49 PM

Re: Green Woodpecker visits my garden
 
super series, I haven't seen one yet this year :(

Peter_Hartland 20th June 2015 10:28 PM

Re: Green Woodpecker visits my garden
 
Great series of images & different seeing one on the ground.

Harold Gough 21st June 2015 12:55 PM

Re: Green Woodpecker visits my garden
 
Good shots. These can often be found in cemeteries.

I was surprised to see one recently at a local nature reserve. There was an open area, of an acre or so, almost enclosed by trees. It took off from the ground and flew horizontally, several feet above the ground, for 20-30 yards before landing out of sight, over a slight rise in the ground, in the open area.

They are known as the Yaffle because of their distinctive call.

Harold

PeterD 22nd June 2015 12:27 PM

Re: Green Woodpecker visits my garden
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Harold Gough (Post 349696)
Good shots. These can often be found in cemeteries.

I was surprised to see one recently at a local nature reserve. There was an open area, of an acre or so, almost enclosed by trees. It took off from the ground and flew horizontally, several feet above the ground, for 20-30 yards before landing out of sight, over a slight rise in the ground, in the open area.

They are known as the Yaffle because of their distinctive call.

Harold

Thank you Harold for your reply and comments.
Wt this time of the year these Woodpeckers spend quite a bit of time decimating ant nests, foraging for food on the ground. Places like clearings in woodland are usually the best places to find ant nests.

Best wishes

Peter


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