We live in this house for over twenty years now, and in all that time I have seen the usual small birds in our garden: sparrows, tits, great tits, blackbirds, greenfinches and the like. Over time, the seagulls left the area, the doves stayed, and crows and magpies made their appearance. Nothing out of the ordinary for a suburban area like this, I’d say.
Since about ten days, however, a new guest has made a few appearances in our garden: the great spotted woodpecker (Dendrocopos Major). After two visits to the trees he finally showed up at the bird feeder – there can be no doubt about his/her love for peanuts ;-)
I managed to take a series of photographs, but it was already rather late in the afternoon, in the shadows; the resulting pictures are not as good as I would have liked. But who knows: perhaps there will be another occasion for a photoshoot in the next days? The weather forecast promises a sunny and warm Sunday…
If you want to see a spectacular picture of a woodpecker, have a look at the news item “Woodpecker shown flying with weasel on its back in amateur photographer’s amazing image“, reported on the ITV website. DIY Photography also writes about these photographs, and includes an appraisal of their authenticity by an expert witness: “Weasel gets the ride of his lifetime while clinging to the back of a flying woodpecker“.
Some guys (photographers!) have all the luck!