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Woodpeckers pecking order

 
2slo
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May 30, 2013 12:56 |  #1

Our pair of Great spotted Woodpeckers have changed their feeding habits in the past day or two. Instead of gorging themselves and flying off, they are now collecting food and flying away without eating it. This, I hope, shows that they are looking after young birds in the nest. It would be great to see juveniles follow the parents back towards the food.
Today I was watching them gather food from my feeder. They had a rythmn set up where they'd take it in turn to collect and fly. that went all wrong though when the male tried to land just after the female got to the feeder. Have a look at this sequence and see who's boss!

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The last shot, taken shortly after both birds had flown, shows the male returning apparently unaffected by his grovelling display:

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CDMOOSE
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May 30, 2013 12:58 |  #2

An interesting series, Mark, and well photographed.
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May 30, 2013 13:29 |  #3

Beautiful.


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May 30, 2013 14:01 |  #4

Great series


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May 30, 2013 14:27 |  #5

Perfect timing. I really took my time scrolling through each photo, amazing detail! It makes me think of a mom giving her child...the evil eye! Well done.


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May 30, 2013 14:41 |  #6

Great series. I really like #5.


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May 30, 2013 14:48 |  #7

Hahaha great series Mark, love it. Good to see life for the male woodpecker is no different to ours!


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May 30, 2013 14:50 |  #8

Beauties.


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May 30, 2013 17:15 as a reply to Waldemar Sikorski's post |  #9

Fabulous series! It is always wonderful to capture behavior shots! Great job, i really enjoyed this series!


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May 30, 2013 17:39 as a reply to butterfly2937's post |  #10

Terrific set, Mark, and well caught. I love seeing shots with pairs. It looks like she stared him right off that branch ;)


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May 30, 2013 17:49 |  #11

Great action shots Mark


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May 30, 2013 17:54 |  #12

Very nice images. Bravo!




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May 30, 2013 19:22 as a reply to Dano_nav's post |  #13

That's a great sequence of captures Mark!
She definitely put him in his place, and with only a look. Kind of scary in a way if you know what I mean.....:)


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May 30, 2013 21:12 |  #14

Great behavioral series, Mark. Good that you could get them both in focus.
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May 30, 2013 21:22 |  #15

An Ornithological Storyboard. Awesome series!


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