Wow. I saw this Red-bellied woodpecker flying out of a tree with this
fruit in its mouth, and when it landed here I didn't think I could get
the shot in the evening sun. I'm delighted (and a bit stunned) with how
it turned out.
With a hasty gulp, he swallowed the fruit and flew off.
Here he is
flying toward me with the fruit seconds before he landed on top of the
dead palm tree.
These woodpeckers fly quickly, and they're small. They don't sit around
sunning themselves as though they're posing so you can photograph them
like many of the wading birds
do at the
wetlands. Fortunately, they visit my yard too:
This little baby woodpecker peeking out of the hole in a dead tree had
photographers up early in the morning to claim their few square feet of
territory on the boardwalk:
When you're outside, and you see the cameras lined up like that, pause
and see what they're waiting for; it's frequently worth the glance.
Oddly enough, within sight of this crowd, a tiny
was busy feeding her babies too. I wonder why I was the only one pausing
for an hour at her nest? Every time the parent woodpeckers flew in to
feed the chicks the cameras went click click click. There weren't as
many clicks trying to catch the departing bird, and again, I'm not sure
This is papa woodpecker. The mother does not have those bright red
feathers on the top of her head like dad does; they only cover the back
of her neck. See the goo in his beak? He's just cleaned the nest and is
flying off to dispose of the baby poo elsewhere.
Here's mom. She's brought a yummy caterpillar for her chick to eat:
Isn't that sweet? Gulp - down goes the buggie! Yum.
Well, here's one
more bird playing peek-a-boo through some dead palm fronds. I'll add a
few more when these Red-bellied Woodpeckers pose for me again. In the
meantime, have a look at some of the other birds