E.J.Wilkins

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Green Woodpecker


In our garden


Green Woodpecker Picus viridis

Picture 1 of 5.

This is probably the best of the five pictures, because the bird is standing still. It's amongst the first I took of the series I'm sharing with you this week.

This female was about 30 ft from the house, looking for ants.

Each of the pictures is taken from indoors, through a single-glazed window that's far from clean because it's been raining so much.

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The RSPB shows that the male has a red stripe beneath the black eye patch, the female has a black stripe.

The Green Woodpecker is the largest of the three British Woodpeckers, it's about 30 - 36 cm, 12 - 15 inches long.

They like to eat ants, which they dig out of the ground.
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Green Woodpecker


In our garden


Green Woodpecker Picus viridis

Picture 1 of 5.

This is probably the best of the five pictures, because the bird is standing still. It's amongst the first I took of the series I'm sharing with you this week.

This female was about 30 ft from the house, looking for ants.

Each of the pictures is taken from indoors, through a single-glazed window that's far from clean because it's been raining so much.

.....

The RSPB shows that the male has a red stripe beneath the black eye patch, the female has a black stripe.

The Green Woodpecker is the largest of the three British Woodpeckers, it's about 30 - 36 cm, 12 - 15 inches long.

They like to eat ants, which they dig out of the ground.
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comments (20)

  • Ginnie
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 23 Nov 2009, 02:04
You've complained about that window before, Ellie, but I declare...you never fail to get good images from/through it! I think this woodpecker likes you. smile
EJWilkins: The amount of rain we've had should have cleaned the outside, but it didnt!
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 23 Nov 2009, 02:35
Attractive, alert-looking bird. Fine shot, Ellie.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 23 Nov 2009, 05:55
Beautifully posed Ellie: we get these on our lawn sometimes on the ant hills
EJWilkins: This was the first time one has been close enough to the house to get a picture
Never had one in our garden although a friend of mine has them regularly. Fine shot
EJWilkins: We hear them more often than we see them, and when they do land it's usually way too far away to get a picture
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 23 Nov 2009, 07:34
Damn fine result through a dirty window Ellie
EJWilkins: I was very pleased Zed smile
Simply a wonderful photograph Ellie.
EJWilkins: I was lucky wasn't I? smile
  • Tracy
  • England
  • 23 Nov 2009, 08:45
You and your window Ellie, this is stunning. Lucky you having this fine specimen in your gardensmile
EJWilkins: Very lucky Tracy smile
  • anniedog
  • United Kingdom
  • 23 Nov 2009, 09:55
Fantastic close-up of these very shy birds. I have never managed to get close enough to get a shot as they always fly off. I love to hear their laughing cry in the nearby woods.
Ingrid
EJWilkins: I've never known one stay still for more than a moment or two, so this picture was a gift. The rest were taken as it was digging for ants - my goodness it moved fast!
  • vintage
  • Brisbane Australia
  • 23 Nov 2009, 10:43
Great image love the red on it's head
Superb capture Ellie. I love the expression!
Excellent shot! It is hard to get good shots of most birds as they are darting about so.
How nice to have such an unusual visitor. A fine shot Ellie.
We have a couple flying round, but they never stay long enough, nicely caught Ellie.
EJWilkins: They move so quickly, I was very lucky this one didn't seem too worried by me and my camera, maybe it couldn't see me.
Well done to capture this Ellie. Lovely shot.
Very good picture Ellie, a chap in my camera club showed a picture of a junior one of these a while back and I thought then what attractive birds they are.
EJWilkins: They're gorgeous birds and sound a bit like a kookaburra, but they're rarely still when they're on the ground and never usually come anywhere near the house, so this was a special treat
  • Frida
  • Sweden
  • 23 Nov 2009, 20:02
We have lots of these birds in our backyard but they are very shy so I haven't managed to get a decent shot yet. Great capture!
EJWilkins: They're usually very shy, and very fast, maybe this one was very hungry!
Very well done Ellie.
  • Antoine
  • France
  • 28 Nov 2009, 17:02
Superb capture. Have a lovely week-end. Antoine.
Yup - that's definitely the best shot. Well done!
I love these birds and this is a great capture.
Very nice.

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