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    Woodpecker in Palgrave Conservation

    I found this little guy a red headed woodpecker inside the Palgrave Conservation area. Unfortunately it had started to snow at the time but I was determined to get a picture of him so once I spotted him I slowly stalked him into the deep woods and with my brand new zoom lens (Olympus 70-300mm) for my SLR I caught these photos of him. Due to the low lighting and snow falling I adjusted the images in Photoshop and Photomatix to bring out the colour some more and smooth it out. Click on the photos to open larger images.

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    Comment from Sam Walker
    Time March 1, 2009 at 6:17 pm

    Pardon my spelling…. This “Little Guy” is the size of a Crow. I fondly call them “Pile Driver Peckers.”
    Actually, they are called “Piliated (sp?) Woodpecker. They’re good guys. They only are after grubs and stuff that thrive in old, dying trees. You can hear them working from great distance. They can actually drop an old tree … their excavations can be so large. I’ve seen 6” chips on the ground. It’s a love/hate relationship. Regards, and I’m enjoying your photography, & comments. Just discovered your work.
    We recently moved from Hockley Valley after 25 years, and now are resident on the Severn above
    Gloucester Pool.

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