Thursday, 29 September 2011

Gallery: Syrian Woodpecker Close-up

Close-up of a Syrian Woodpecker. This is the female from the photo in the previous post, though on this shot, at this angle, it is hard to see that. 

Friday, 23 September 2011

Gallery: Syrian Woodpeckers

Three Syrian Woodpeckers. A female, on the left, waits while two males display to each other. September, 2011, Csepel, Budapest, Szabolcs Kokay. Click the photo to enlarge. 

Sunday, 18 September 2011

Monday, 12 September 2011

Signs: Eurasian Three-toed Woodpecker

This dead spruce has been worked by a Eurasian Three-toed Woodpecker Picoides tridactylus in search of bark-beetles. The bark has been pecked and also lifted up and off to expose the beetles underneath. This woodpecker often specialises in preying on such beetles (Ips and Polygraphus species) and increases in number locally when the insects are abundant. Photo by Gerard Gorman taken in southern Poland.

Sunday, 4 September 2011

Gallery: Green Woodpecker male

Adult male Eurasian Green Woodpecker Picus viridis. Note the red in the malar stripe which females lack. This photo taken by Mladen Vasilev in Bulgaria.