Posted by: Phil | February 3, 2012

The downy woopecker.


I took this picture last year, in early December. The downy woodpecker is one of the tamest and most abundunt birds in the north east Canada and United States. It is similar to its cousin, the hairy woodpecker, but it has a short stubby bill and is smaller. Both birds have a red patch on the nape. It readily comes to bird feeders and one can approach them quite close. In this case, I literally stumbled on it as I was walking past some trees. I heard a dull thud nearby and saw it quickly ascending a tree.

Canon XTI, Canon zoom lens 75-300mm, iso 800, f/8.0, 1/500sec.

 

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