Tuesday, 10 January 2012

GREEN WOODPECKER TUES 10TH JAN 2012


Green Woodpeckers are often seen and heard yaffling from our garden, but they don't often drop in. When they do they usually stay right down the bottom of the garden, well out of camera range.


Today I had a visit from this very handsome male. For once he hopped up nearer to the house and I captured him through the patio doors.



They are so wary, a couple of stabs in the soft grass and then it's head up and check for danger.




I like the stiff tail feathers which it uses for support when perched on, or climbing up tree trunks. Surely one of our most striking birds, especially when seen close up, which for me isn't very often.

11 comments:

Bob Bushell said...

Brilliant Phil, the last one is my fave, superb.

Warren Baker said...

Nice encounter Phil, Ive only ever had a Green Wood in my garden once, It was hiding from the sprawk!! :-)

Greenie said...

Phil ,
As you say , a real treat to be so close to such a wary bird .
Nice one .

Marc Heath said...

That last photo is very nice, a treat to have no doubt.

Steve Ashton said...

Nice Woodpecker shots.

Ken. said...

Phil.
Well done with finally having a Green Woodpecker coming close enough for you go shoot(not literly)
Nice photo's.

elcamperoinquieto.com said...

They are not easy...congratulations!
Saludos

Tammy said...

Beautiful photos! What a lovely bird to encounter!

Jason K said...

Cracking Green Woodpecker shots Phil...what an obliging individual

Alan Pavey said...

Great set of pics Phil, they really are a striking bird :-)

Jeremy said...

Cracking shot of the Green Woodpecker. Never got any decent photos of them myself, but I have seen them in situations like this in my parents' front lawn.