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Woodpecker drilling irrigation pipe

Woodpecker drilling irrigation pipe
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Copyright: Alan Kolnik (Alan_Kolnik) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 236 W: 38 N: 343] (2616)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-08-03
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D7000, Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 G ED AF-S VR
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/100 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-08-18 8:31
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Points: 4
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As I was walking along in the early evening I saw this woodpecker was making a hole in an irrigation pipe to get to the water. We saw another example after the damage was done, with water spurting out uncontrollably. Its apparently a frequent occurrence. I had never seen woodpeckers in Israel before - apparently they are quite common. I had no time to adjust exposure etc. or change to a longer lens, unfortunately.

Tom Conzemius has identified it so I updated this comment.

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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To devildoc: Almost certainly made a holeAlan_Kolnik 1 08-19 18:48
To pirate: Thanks for identifying the birdAlan_Kolnik 1 08-19 18:43
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Most interesting biological behavior. Wonder if the WP is drinking from a hole otherwise present or if he, in fact, did peck a hole in it. Some water stains would suggest that the pipe had been leaking for sometime. TFS.


Hi Alan
it's a Syrian Woodpecker

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