Thursday, March 17, 2011

Woodpecker

I finally got a good shot of a Gila Woodpecker.  There is a pair of these that hang out in my back yard but the second they hear the back door open, they are gone.  I spotted this one at a nearby park.

15 comments:

Kathy said...

Good shot. Birds can be quite challenging. I have the same problem with a door and some blue jays who hang around a big oak tree right by our house. I'm actually thinking of investing in a chair blind!

Kate said...

Wonderful capture; patience always wins...you finally got a good shot of the Gila Woodpecker!

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

This seems like a strange and pointless type of palm tree for a woodpecker to attack.

JM said...

It's so cute! Great capture, Sharon.

Randy said...

Wow what a great capture. Lucky you.

Jarart said...

What a great find! I like those stripes.

Catalyst said...

Yes, they are a tricky type. Good shot, Sharon.

youth_in_asia said...

I love the colors on Gila Woodpeckers. They really are skittish about noises. I guess it's a bit of a double standard. They have no problem with waking you up at 6am, but if you so much as crack the door a bit, they leave in a huff!

Great shot.

Jacob and Lois Anne said...

I've known gila monsters, but not gila woodpeckers. What makes something a "gila"?

Nice shot. In fact, I've tried to get photos of birds in those cut-off palm branches - very difficult. You did good!

RedPat said...

I have never even heard of them! Must be a western bird since it isn't in my bird book. Great shot of him.

Stephanie said...

Wonderful! The tree reminds me of the sabal palms back in Florida. How I miss those at times!

Magpie said...

Oh, these guys are very flighty and they have a very distinctive call. Great shot, Sharon.

Jack said...

Terrific capture, Sharon. I don't know anything about the bird, but I do appreciate the great picture.

T. Becque said...

I love their black and white design. Have you ever heard woodpeckers when they pound away on metal? What a noise!

Regina K said...

Great catch. Every time I take a photo of a bird they move and are a blur.