Saturday, 6 September 2014

More Black Woodpecker work

More foraging work by Black Woodpecker Dryocopus martius. Some of the holes are burrows of wood-boring beetles, others are holes made by the woodpecker to access the beetles. The green cross is not a cry for help from the beetles or the tree ! - it's a trail marker. Buda Hills, Hungary, September 2014. Gerard Gorman

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Black Woodpecker work

Base of a tree opened up by Black Woodpecker Dryocopus martius with discarded wood-chips and shredded timber. Another example of the tremendous excavating skills of this species. Austria, August 2014. Gerard Gorman. 

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

New book with woodpecker signs

My forthcoming book Pocket Guide to Tracks & Signs has some pages of European woodpecker content, of course! Here is a sample, it's due out officially in September. 

Thursday, 26 June 2014

Gallery: Eurasian Three-toed Woodpecker female

A fine shot of an adult female (males have yellow on the crown) Eurasian Three-toed Woodpecker Picoides tridactylus, race alpinus. Taken in Lower Austria in spring 2014 by Thomas Hochebner.

Thursday, 19 June 2014


I am very pleased and proud to tell you all that my new book WOODPECKERS OF THE WORLD is officially published today by Helm/Bloomsbury. Thanks to all of you who helped in various ways. Gerard Gorman.

Sunday, 18 May 2014

Green Woodpecker female

Female Eurasian Green Woodpecker Picus viridis. Males have a red malar stripe. Taken in France by Yann Cambon.

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Impressive Black Woodpecker work

Black Woodpecker Dryocopus martius is the only European woodpecker that can excavate trees like this. This huge cavity is a feeding site in a beech tree. The hand of the lady is for size-comparison. Photo taken in Slovakia in April, 2014, Gerard Gorman.