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.

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Another Quiz Woodpecker

It has been some time since my last quiz woodpecker post. And the last few were not hard. Now here is one that might be a little more difficult. So, species ? age ? sex ? Have a go !

Thursday, 1 August 2013

Black Woodpecker feeding hole

The only woodpecker in Europe that makes holes such as this is Black Woodpecker Dryocopus martius. The large cavity (compare size to the man's hand), is at the base of a mountain beech in the Spanish Pyrenees. Black Woodpeckers often feed low down in this way. Photo: Gerard Gorman.