Saturday, 23 August 2008

Gallery: Middle Spotted Woodpecker adult male

Adult male Middle Spotted Woodpecker Dendrocopos medius. Taken by László Nehézy in the Bukk Hills, Hungary.

Wednesday, 20 August 2008

Gallery: Great Spotted Woodpecker adult male

Adult male Great Spotted Woodpecker Dendrocopos major. Taken by László Nehézy in the Bukk Hills, Hungary.

Tuesday, 19 August 2008

Gallery: Grey-headed (Grey-faced) Woodpecker adult male

Adult male Grey-headed Woodpecker Picus canus. Taken by Jean-Baptiste Pons in the Danube Delta, Romania.

Monday, 18 August 2008

Wednesday, 13 August 2008

Gallery: Black Woodpecker adult male

Adult male Black Woodpecker Dryocopus martius. Taken in Finland by Jari Peltomäki.

Tuesday, 12 August 2008

Gallery: Three-toed Woodpecker adult male

Adult male Three-toed Woodpecker Picoides tridactylus. Nominate race tridactylus. Taken in Estonia by Mati Kose. This is the first photograph in a series where I intend to show all 10 European woodpecker species in various plumages. Hopefully I will be able to include adult males, adult females, juveniles and where relevant geographical races.

Monday, 11 August 2008

Quiz woodpecker 19

Here is the latest quiz woodpecker photo. Here is a clue: the bird low down on the right is a Great Reed Warbler Acrocephalus arundinaceus and the bird top-left is the woodpecker. That bird is obviously a Dendrocopos species, being mainly "black and white" (a so-called "pied" woodpecker) and there are only 5 Dendrocopos species in Europe... so it should not be too difficult to narrow it down!

Sunday, 3 August 2008

Quiz woodpecker 18

Next up... another flight view of a European woodpecker species. Which is it ? And why ?

Friday, 1 August 2008

Woodpecker artwork: drawings

In earlier posts on this blog I mentioned the work of Hungarian wildlife artist Szabolcs Kokay. Besides his excellent paintings of woodpeckers Szabolcs also draws and sketches the family. This fine black and white drawing of two Middle Spotted Woodpeckers Dendrocopos medius in an oakwood in Hungary, was published in my book Woodpeckers of Europe. Here, the artist's skill in capturing the jizz and behaviour of woodpeckers is clear. More of Szabolcs' work (woodpeckers and other birds and wildlife) can be seen here: