Monday, 31 August 2009

Black Woodpecker: fresh feeding hole

New, fresh, feeding hole of Black Woodpecker Dryocopos martius. The oval shape, low location, large beak marks and size (a man's hand can fit inside) all indicated that this hole was created by this species.

Friday, 28 August 2009

Quiz woodpecker 29B

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Here is another video clip by Dan Bastaja of the "pied" woodpecker shown in the clip below. Some responses have said it is a juvenile Great Spotted Woodpecker. If that is so, which features rule out juvenile Syrian Woodpecker ?

Tuesday, 25 August 2009

Quiz woodpecker 29

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Here is a video clip by Dan Bastaja of a "pied" woodpecker. Which species is it ?

Monday, 17 August 2009

Grey-headed Woodpecker: Assorted Feathers

Here are an assortment of feathers from Grey-headed Woopdecker Picus canus. The bird was found dead (seemingly predated by a bird of prey) in the Bükk Hills, Hungary, with many of its feathers plucked. Photographed by Szabolcs Kokay.

Wednesday, 12 August 2009

Video Clip: Great Spotted Woodpecker Male: Tongue

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Here is a short clip of a male Great Spotted Woodpecker Dendrocopos major at a nest-hole. Note the tongue movements. This was shot in Italy by Ventura Talamo.

Sunday, 2 August 2009

Green Woodpecker Forgaing

A Green Woodpecker Picus viridis doing what they typically do, that is, foraging on the ground. Photo taken in Greece.