Friday, June 06, 2008

Red-bellied Woodpecker


I noticed this Red-bellied Woodpecker’s head is much sleeker than what I am accustomed to seeing. Thinking back, I realized that most of my encounters with these birds have been in the winter.

12 comments:

Meggie said...

He's a weird looking one, Salty. Could he be a young one...his head feathers seem a bit dissheveled....

Abraham Lincoln said...

He does look a little long in the tooth. I suspect it is like squirrels. Some of short ears and some have long ears.

Chad Oneil Myers said...

Good image Dad.

imac said...

Great colours and markings Salty.beautfully captured.

Old Wom Tigley said...

Another reason it's head might look like it dose is at this time of year it will be popping its head in and out of a nest hole all day... maybe dirt and grime flattens the feathers down a touch.

What ever the reason it's a great 'Country Capture'

Tom

Lori said...

What a pretty composition, Salty. I like the green and blue in the background of this pretty bird.

Hope all is well in your neck of the woods. Greet Chad for me...he must be happily busy these days! :-)

fishing guy said...

Salty: I love to see woodpeckers and hear them working a tree. I had a big black and white one fly in front of the car yesterday when returning from PA. I didn't know if I could chase it so I drove on.

BTW: The Crappies have moved in and today I caught over 50. They were in the 8" to 10" range. Usually the big one follow a week or two later. Everything is behind this year.

Kerri said...

Oh I LOVE seeing these birds! I see more of them in the winter than I do now, too!

Fabulous Capture!

DeeMom said...

Great Photo

Umm wonder about the head difference? maybe it is beginning to molt?

photowannabe said...

I think Tom's answer makes a lot of sense. In and out of the tree holes could make one pretty gritty.
Its an amazingly long pointy beak. Nice capture Salty.

i beati said...

I start with one picture and find myself staying and staying for your outdoors adventures. thanks sandy

Jill said...

Great close up of this guy!! We've got these in our front yard. I'd like to have the pileated. Do you have those??