Monday, 26 August 2013

White-backed Woodpecker - fresh feeding site

This photo shows a typical, diagnostic in Europe, feeding site of White-backed Woodpecker Dendrocopos leucotos. Birds mostly work like this in the autumn and winter, striping bark from standing dead or dying trees and stumps and then systematically working the area beneath before extracting wood-boring beetle larvae from their exposed burrows. Fine beak marks and wood-dust and powder are typical. Photo taken in the Bukk Hills, Hungary, in August 2013, by Gerard Gorman.

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