Saturday, 26 September 2015

White-backed Woodpecker - nominate race

Following on from the last post, of a lilfordi race White-backed Woodpecker, here is the nominate Dendrocopos leucotos leucotos. An adult male, Bükk Hills, Hungary (Gerard Gorman).

Friday, 18 September 2015

White-backed (Lilford's) Woodpecker

Adult male White-backed Woodpecker Dendrocopos leucotos, race lilfordi (sometimes called Lilford's Woodpecker). Irati Forest, Navarra, Spain, September 2015 (Gerard Gorman).

Thursday, 11 June 2015

Gallery: Eurasian Wryneck

Eurasian Wryneck Jynx torquilla. Paklenica, Croatia, June 2015 (Gerard Gorman).

Monday, 18 May 2015

Middle Spotted Woodpecker: sexes ?

Middle Spotted Woodpecker Dendrocopos medius, Estonia, Gerard Gorman. The sexes are almost identical and often impossible to visually tell apart. The main difference in plumage is in the crown: both sexes have red crowns, but on females the rear crown is usually dull red, orange or yellow, on males it is red.

Friday, 1 May 2015

Europe's smallest woodpecker

Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos minor) is Europe's smallest picid. This is a male: females lack red on the crown. Budapest, Hungary, April 2015 (Gerard Gorman).

Thursday, 23 April 2015

Europe's only truly migratory woodpecker

Eurasian Wryneck Jynx torquilla. Pag Island, Croatia, April 2015 (Gerard Gorman). This species is Europe's only truly migratory woodpecker. Most of Europe's breeding population winters in sub-Sahara Africa, leaving in autumn and returning in spring. 

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Syrian Woodpecker female

Female Syrian Woodpecker Dendrocopos syriacus, Apaj, Hungary, April 2015.