bird photography : downy woodpecker

Growing up, John often heard woodpeckers at work and found trees bearing the fruits of their labors, yet he rarely caught a glimpse of them.  Now, woodpeckers seem to be one of the most common birds he and Beth see.  This male Downy Woodpecker is one of several that frequents their back yard feeder, and its bretheren are quite commonly seen during John and Beth's visits to Huntley Meadows and other parks.  The Downy is among the smallest woodpeckers John has seen, less than half the size of the Red-Bellied and much smaller than the Pileated.
Growing up, John often heard woodpeckers at work and found trees bearing the fruits of their labors, yet he rarely caught a glimpse of them. Now, woodpeckers seem to be one of the most common birds he and Beth see. This male Downy Woodpecker is one of several that frequents their back yard feeder, and its bretheren are quite commonly seen during John and Beth's visits to Huntley Meadows and other parks. The Downy is among the smallest woodpeckers John has seen, less than half the size of the Red-Bellied and much smaller than the Pileated.
Equipment:Canon EOS 30D
Settings:f8; 1/80 sec.; focal length at 420 mm; ISO 500
Date:October 16, 2006 2:54 pm
Location:John and Beth's Backyard / Vienna, VA
 



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