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  #105 Guess what?
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What is Woody doing?       ©2011 mbbin2
Panasonic DMC-G2       6th place, 46 points
1/25s, f5.6, ISO 400, 600mm, Aperture Priority, Spot, no flash
 
Post-Processing: converted from raw in CS5, cropped to vertical and resized.       Extra Info: This is not a normal activity for a woodpecker. There is a sad story to follow.
 
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Lo
Jun 10, 2011
    I'm not too familiar with the nesting habits of woodpeckers, but I suspect a family drama. It must have been a difficult shot to capture.

forkcandles
Jun 10, 2011
    the picture does ask a question I am assuming the birds eggs have been taken by another bird or a collector.

Old Finn
Jun 10, 2011
    Is it cleaning the nest? Sorry about those green leaves disrupting a bit. But it is not easy to get such a pic from a woodpecker. In my favorites.

JaneyKay
Jun 10, 2011
    You say there is a sad story to follow and you really do feel that from the photo.
The hole is slightly hidden from view and you can't see his face. Very emotive as a photo.

Jade O.
Jun 9, 2011
    Birds are tough, this angle is a real challenge, yet you have a nice composition here. I'd guess nest building.

mbbin2
Jun 9, 2011
    We watched a pair of woodpeckers create the hole in the tree for 2 weeks. They worked very hard at it. The tree is about 6 feet from our front door. We researched to find out when they would lay eggs and how long it would take before they hatched. I took many photos. The the grackles took over the nest and started putting twigs and leaves in it. I captured this photo of the woodpecker removing the debris. Right after this shot, there was a commotion which I finally realized was Woody chasing the grackle. Since that time neither bird has been seen. I have heard the woodpecker higher up, but not near the hole. I quess there will be no babies. So sad.
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