Greater Spotted Woodpecker
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Wrynecks and woodpeckers (Picidae)
About blackbird-sized and striking black-and-white. It has a very distinctive bouncing flight and spends most of its time clinging to tree trunks and branches, often trying to hide on the side away from the observer. Its presence is often announced by its loud call or by its distinctive spring 'drumming' display. The male has a distinctive red patch on the back of the head and young birds have a red crown.
Where to see them
Woodlands, especially with mature broad-leaved trees, although mature conifers will support them. Also in parks and large gardens. Will come to peanut feeders and birdtables. Not found in Ireland or the far N and S of Scotland. Most common in England and Wales.
When to see them
All year round.
What they eat
Insects, seeds and nuts.
Europe UK breeding* UK wintering* UK passage*
- 37-44,000 pairs
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This is a stunning photo. Your composition is spot on and the detail and colours are superb.TFS.
- [2008-03-12 2:51]
excellent composition and perfect DOF, really lie the colours and you've also got some fine detail - first class.
Great shot of this woopecker. Excellent sharpness and good saturation. Well composed with good background.
a fine picture of the male GS Woodpecker, the colours are
natural and very nice.
Sharp with fine details and with good composition.
This is superb, David!
It is a really sharp image, good details of the woodpecker and the tree trunk! I particularly like how its feet are grasping hold of the tree!
- [2008-03-12 14:29]
Très belle prise, excellente netteté et couleurs, très beau sujet, bien cadré et commenté.