Friday, 7 December 2018

Syrian Woodpecker male

Syrian Woodpecker Dendrocopos syriacus, Hungary, 2018. This woodpecker often frequents urban areas and seeing one, like this adult male, on a wooden utility pole is not unusual at all.

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Wryneck in the hand

A Eurasian Wryneck Jynx torquilla about to be released after being caught and ringed (banded). Near Bourgas, eastern Bulgaria, September 2018 (Gerard Gorman). 

Sunday, 9 September 2018

Lesser Spotted Woodpecker removing egg

Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (Dryobates minor), River Park, Pamplona, Spain. This great image taken by Alfonso Senosiain shows a male removing an egg from its own nest. Presumably the egg was infertile and the woodpecker simply wanted to keep the cavity clean. Woodpeckers are known to keep their nesting holes tidy.

Monday, 3 September 2018

Woodpecker - a book from in the Animal Series

If you are interested in woodpeckers in the context of "a new kind of animal history" (as described by the publisher Reaktion Books) then this book is for you. It focuses not only on the natural history of the picid family but also their cultural history. It explore and delves into the fascination that humankind has had for woodpeckers since ancient times, in myth, legend, science. See here WOODPECKER for more.

Friday, 6 April 2018


My next book is due out this October. On woodpeckers, of course! Gerard Gorman

Friday, 22 December 2017

Black Woodpecker pair

Black Woodpecker Dryocopos martius, male and female. The birds are changing over at the nesting cavity. Photo taken by Yann Cambon on the 13th ‎April ‎2015, in Dordogne, France.

Friday, 29 September 2017

Eurasian Wryneck

Eurasian Wryneck Jynx torquilla, Le Teich, Gironde, France, Sept 6th, 2017. A wonderful photo taken by Yann Cambon. Merci!