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Old 18th June 2015
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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.


It stops feeding and checks me out.


It can hear the camera shutter operating which unsettles it more.


Should I go?


No....it returns to the ant's nest and continues feeding.


There goes that noise again.


I shall leave the ants for another day.

It flew off before I could take another photo

Hope you enjoy these

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Re: Green Woodpecker visits my garden

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

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

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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.


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.
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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!
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Re: Green Woodpecker visits my garden

Very good shots of a normally shy bird.

You did well to get these.

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Re: Green Woodpecker visits my garden

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

Great series of images & different seeing one on the ground.
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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.

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Re: Green Woodpecker visits my garden

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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.

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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.

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