David Alaniz Photography

Natures turn…….

Red-headed Woodpecker

This is the first year to see two Red-headed Woodpeckers together while visiting my mother in-law.  I’ve watched them closely trying to find some type of pattern which would guide me to their nest.  Looking always resulted in no luck.

Most of the time they remain on the far side of my lens’ reach.  However, lately they have been coming closer on a more frequent basis and for good reason.  They are raising a young juvenile.  One of the parents flies in first to where water and seed is located, followed by the juvenile.  Once the juvenile lands the parent flies to a nearby tree.  This gives the young woodpecker a chance to learn by watching other birds feed.  It constantly squawks non stop as it makes several low flybys scaring the other birds but never landing.

The Red-headed Woodpecker family is beautiful to watch as they interact with each other.  Almost like a parent dropping their kids off at day-care.

Nikon D4, 500mm + 1.4tc, f/5.6, 1/4000s, EV -0.33, ISO 800

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Nikon D4, 500mm + 1.4tc, f/5.6, 1/800s, EV -0.33, ISO 1250

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2 responses to “Red-headed Woodpecker

  1. Doug Haass September 1, 2013 at 7:34 pm

    Suhweet shots! I really like the juvi pose and everything about the photo you could possibly like. I like the colors, detail and exposure on the adult. I’m not keen on the tree behind it, but still a great capture.

  2. dda53 September 4, 2013 at 8:25 pm

    Thank you Doug. I prefer the tree out of there as well but didn’t want to remove that large of an object.

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