Posted by: Phil | November 10, 2013

The female downy woodpecker.


This picture was taken in late August. I was walking slowly in the garden near the beginning, when I saw a bird in some trees. I approached slowly and was amazed to see a couple of woodpeckers, pecking at the stiff branches with leaves covering them. People were passing by not noticing them as they were well hidden among the leaves. I approached slowly and was finally able to get several good shots of them.
This woodpecker is a female downy woodpecker, the male having a small red patch at the back of the neck. It is not to be confused with the hairy woodpecker which is bigger. The downy woodpecker is  smaller and its beak is shorter and more stubby. It is the smallest and tamest of the eastern woodpeckers.

Canon T2i, Canon zoom lens 75-300 mm, iso 200, f/9.0, 1/640 sec.

Canon T2i, Canon zoom lens 75-300 mm, iso 200, f/9.0, 1/640 sec.

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