Bird Stories: Xico, European Green Woodpecker

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My Journey with wildlife photography continues. I hope also you continue to be a part of that journey and maybe even enjoy some of my work and maybe even share your thoughts/comments if I really get lucky.

The thrill of capturing this bird is indescribable first because it is quite a shy bird and more importantly because when you find it is mostly on the the ground feeding which is not an ideal photo op.  I took a few snaps of this one so will try making different interpretations of each and post them in the near future. 

I wonder if there is a “hard border” for European birds crossing the channel or the Irish borders post BREXIT and how the hell will the British birds react to this invasion??? If anyone has an update on that please keep me posted 🙂

About the Bird (Wikipedia):

The European green woodpecker (Picus viridis) is a member of the woodpecker family Picidae. There are four subspecies and it occurs in most parts of Europe and in western Asia. All have green upperparts, paler yellowish underparts, a red crown and moustachial stripe which has a red centre in males but is all black in females.

The European green woodpecker spends much of its time feeding on ants on the ground and does not often ‘drum’ on trees like other woodpecker species. It is a shy bird but usually draws attention with its loud calls. A nest hole is excavated in a tree; four to six eggs are laid which hatch after 19–20 days. The bird measures 30–36 cm in length with a 45–51 cm wingspan. Both sexes are green above and pale yellowish green below, with yellow rump and red crown and nape; the moustachial stripe has a red centre in the male but is solid black in the female.

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