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Woodpecker

Sunday. Late lunch (clocks had gone forward but we hadn't). Lingering over a second cup of tea watching the birds flit around the garden. Suddenly there was a small flash of colour and our woodpecker arrived. We don't catch him very often, maybe once or twice a year although I often hear him over the road early in the morning as I get into the car. I legged it upstairs for the camera and came back and grabbed two quick ones before he was off but they were rubbish shots as he was in the tree and the focus went to the branches in front as he was quite well hidden.

He had only gone as far as next door though, so I had a chance to grab some more shots through the double glazing in the bedroom.



The angle of the lens to the glass meant that I could not stop some reflections creeping in that muddied the waters and reduced the contrast. As a consequence I had to tweak the contrast and saturation to bring out the best in the pictures.



All taken handheld with the 75-300 Mk1 at various focal lengths near the top end as I try to eliminate the softness that I seem to get with my copy.



There must have been some tasty morsel burried in there somewhere.



Still searching



He (?) hung around for a while so I managed a few shots in the end, more than I have done on previous occassions. Errr... 143 shots in total.



Tired of this he flew back to our tree for the classic woodpecker pose. Staright on this time and no reflections to worry about. My favourite shot.

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Re: Woodpecker

Wow, what an opportunity. Wonderful shots of a superb bird. I have heard quite a few this year and seen one or two but I haven't got any photographs. Thanks for sharing.

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Re: Woodpecker

Great shots. You're right. It is a male due to the red in the centre of the moustache. Their favourite food is ants which is what I'm guessing he has found. It's tongue is 10cm long and it has to wrap it around the inside of its skull!
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Re: Woodpecker

Great. We have one sometimes too; it hunts for ants in the verges, but passing cars disturb it too easily. Coming back in the car a couple days ago, I saw a green flash, and there it was, disappearing into neighbour's garden over the road. No time to get camera....
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Re: Woodpecker

Nice one rewarded in the end.
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Re: Woodpecker

Smashing stuff.

You had a lucky opportunity and made great use of it.

If you want Green Woodpeckers get more ants.

I recently discovered they also like bees and honey. A local beekeeper has kindly installed one of his hives on our reserve (to help polination of our wildflower meadow etc.) with a view to us eventually taking it over. A couple of weeks ago one of my volunteer colleagues had to do some extensive repairs and reinforcement on the hive as the Green Woodpeckers had comprehensively made a "forced entry" to get at the contents.

Thanks for sharing.
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Re: Woodpecker

Great shots, agreed the last is excellent.
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Re: Woodpecker

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Wow, what an opportunity.
Indeed Ron. I count myself lucky to have been able to make use of it.

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Great shots. You're right. It is a male due to the red in the centre of the moustache. Their favourite food is ants...
Thank you for your kind words Martin and thanks for clarifying it as a male of the species. We had a lesser spotted woodpecker a couple of years ago that hoovered up the ants up our garden path. There is a poor shot of it in my gallery.

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Great. We have one sometimes too;... I saw a green flash, and there it was, disappearing into neighbour's garden over the road. No time to get camera
Thank you too Keith. These birds have no understanding that in return for food they just need to stay still for a few seconds whilst we go and get our cameras.

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Nice one rewarded in the end.
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Jeremy, a real reward that last is
It is Chevvy... and I managed to avoid focussing on the small twigs in front as a bonus. Not sure if they detract from the picture or not but that was the shot that was offerred.

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Smashing stuff....If you want Green Woodpeckers get more ants. I recently discovered they also like bees and honey.
Thank you Peter. Not sure I want more ants. Now bees at the bottom of the garden would be nice.

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Great shots, agreed the last is excellent.
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Re: Woodpecker

Wot no Weasel?
Seriously, some great images of a strangely exotic bird, well done
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They do look exotic - and wonderful when something unexpected appears.
Usually when I run for the camera the moment well and truly passes, so well done! Enjoyed seeing your surprise visitor!
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They do look exotic - and wonderful when something unexpected appears. Usually when I run for the camera the moment well and truly passes, so well done! Enjoyed seeing your surprise visitor!
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Re: Woodpecker

Great shots. We don't have Green Woodpeckers round here.
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