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.

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

New Book !

I have just received a pre-publication copy of my forthcoming book WOODPECKERS OF THE WORLD. It is due out in June. Here is a sample snap of the back cover with Great Spotted Woodpecker. I hope you like the look of it.

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Wryneck: a migratory woodpecker

Eurasian Wryneck Jynx torquilla is a true migrant and the only migratory picid in Europe. Birds move south in the autumn and return to breeding areas in the spring. Most European breeders winter in Africa, although some stay in the Mediterranean region. This recently arrived bird was photographed in Slovakia yesterday, by Gerard Gorman.