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UploadedNovember 21, 2009
TakenNovember 20, 2009
Exposure1/160 sec at f/7.1
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length400 mm
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Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker.

Sometimes the sap ferments and you end up with drunk woodpeckers. This is not an accident, it seems. Researchers have determined a group of these birds in upstate New York have discovered a sap source which has fermented into a fairly strong alcohol and the birds have made it a daily stop.
The birds are observed flying crazily, bickering, harassing other birds, and falling asleep in odd positions after ingesting the sap.
But that's not the strange part.
In Mid-November the researchers tried the sap themselves, and found it "not pleasant"

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  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham (Deleted) gave props (21 Nov 2009):

    If you think they are loud in the woods, you should hear them on the side of a moblie home. Maddening! They are so beautiful though. A terrific capture Kevin! A longer lens does require a little practice. They don't let in as much light so you have to use different apertures than you would with a shorter lens.

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett gave props (21 Nov 2009):

    Excellent shot, Kevin

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (21 Nov 2009):

    Quite a capture! He didn't mind you on top of that ladder? You know, with that new lens you could probably shoot from a greater distance!

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight (Deleted) gave props (21 Nov 2009):

    Kevin, we just watched all 39-weeks of "The Honeymooners" and I can hear Jackie Gleason saying "Bang-Zoom" everytime he sent "Alice to the Moon." Life imitating art, I guess!

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight (Deleted) gave props (21 Nov 2009):

    And what a great shot of this lovely bird, and a good narrative, too!

  • Jose Antonio González

    Jose Antonio González gave props (21 Nov 2009):

    Terrific capture!

  • Charles

    Charles (Deleted) gave props (22 Nov 2009):

    Excellent razor sharp image. One of my favorites to see on their way north in the spring. The hummingbirds won't be far behind feeding on the sap these fellows make available and the bugs it attracts. Looks like you have that new lens well in hand.

  • Dawn Duffield

    Dawn Duffield (Deleted) gave props (22 Nov 2009):

    This is absolutely incredible, Kevin

  • Bill Van Gelder

    Bill Van Gelder gave props (2 Dec 2009):

    Excellent Capture!

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