This gallery contains 2 photos. This male Downy Woodpecker announced himself with a trademark chip-chip-chip repertoire before descending onto this thin branch. I generally don’t get these kinds of photo opportunities with the (more secretive) Downy males. Taken on BC Family Day (February 8) 2016, at the DeBoville Slough in Coquitlam.
I could not ask for better lighting (and nothing says “I’m a guy!” like that red spot).
f/8, 1/400, 500mm, ISO 200
This female Downy Woodpecker was so engrossed in finding the insects hidden in the mossy trunk of this tree that she wasn’t concerned about the photographer clicking away. She alternated between the bugs and the birdseed feeder (hung from yet another tree nearby). Taken on March 21, 2015, at the Burnaby Lake Nature House on Piper Spit.
Downies are common year round sights on the backyard suet feeder and fruit trees.
f/6.3, 1/500, 500mm, ISO 1600
If you live in the U.S. or Canada, chances are good that you’ll see this woodpecker at least once or twice, because Downies have a wide range in North America. Like Nuthatches, they will assume unorthodox positions on a tree (although I’ve yet to find one hanging upside down).
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