Red- Bellied Woodpecker

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© Andrea Petersen
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Photo Info
UploadedMarch 19, 2013
TakenMarch 18, 2013
MakeNikon Corporation
ModelNIKON D7000
Exposure1/125 sec at f/16
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length300 mm

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He that believeth on me as the scripture hath said, out of his belly
shall flow rivers of living water...St. John 8: 38

The Red Bellied Woodpecker
Flew through a snow storm...
With other birds to form...
A big line at the feeder.
They fed their bellies..
Exposed to the freeze.

Poetry by me, AJP

It is rarely that I have seen the underside of the red-bellied woodpecker as clearly as this as they normally like to sit on their haunches on the feeder or to their wing side of the suet block as they eat..I was surprised how much color its belly had..especially when one of the bird books I have said: "the name is misleading for the red patch on its belly is faint. "

Yesterday we had a blizzard and snow was filling the feeder faster than we could brush it off...We had tons of birds who waited in line to get to the feeder but the squirrels took their time eating which was frustrating for the birds for they were all wanting something to eat. We saw cardinals and bluejays sitting together in the branches waiting their turn!

8 responses

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (19 Mar 2013):

    What a great shot of the underbelly!! I had to laugh at your description of the birds lining up; I'm sure they get frustrated with those pesky squirrels!!

  • Geoff Plant

    Geoff Plant gave props (19 Mar 2013):

    Absolutely BEAUTIFUL picture. well spotted and captured

  • Maggie Posh

    Maggie Posh (Deleted) said (19 Mar 2013):

    I think that i am coming to sit in your Garden, you have such beautiful birds there...a beautiful photo & thank you for sharing your feathered friends!

  • Shirley Valencia

    Shirley Valencia   gave props (19 Mar 2013):

    outstanding capture.......

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett gave props (19 Mar 2013):

    A very handsome fellow! Nicely captured. He is probably a cousin to the guy who keeps coming to my feeder.

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece   gave props (19 Mar 2013):

    Beautiful shot of the underbelly of this red-bellied woodpecker. I can just imaging you out in a blizzard brushing off the snow from the feeders so the birds could eat and then they had to wait patiently for the squirrels to finish eating. That must be quite a sight!!!

  • Heather Mellon

    Heather Mellon gave props (21 Mar 2013):

    What a beautiful view of this lovely woodpecker you got, very well captured!! I can appreciate the birds frustration with waiting for the Somebodys in the crowd :)

  • Paperini Renato

    Paperini Renato gave props (22 Mar 2013):

    A rarity to be able to see the woodpecker! Brava!

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