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Jun 22, 2016 09:37 |  #1

This male has been excavating a cavity for the last week and he must be nearly done. This seems really late for them to be nesting, but surely that is the plan. Incubation is 12-14 days and the nestling period is about 25 days. They should provide great photographic opportunities later in July as the snag is right out in the open near a gravel county road.


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Jun 22, 2016 10:25 |  #2

Fantastic series. I can not wait for you to share their progress!


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Jun 22, 2016 13:55 |  #3

Glad you got more pictures of him! Hope he's not like our Yellow Bellied Sapsuckers that prepare lots of nesting sites, then choose the one that is the hardest to photograph!


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Jun 22, 2016 15:26 |  #4

Nice Shots, Al.

The first one is great with the chips flying... from a head shake?

This should interesting to follow. :)


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Jun 22, 2016 16:35 |  #5

butterfly2937 wrote in post #18046933 (external link)
Fantastic series. I can not wait for you to share their progress!

Thank you very kindly, Carol. These guys will keep me busy during the otherwise mostly dead time of July.

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Glad you got more pictures of him! Hope he's not like our Yellow Bellied Sapsuckers that prepare lots of nesting sites, then choose the one that is the hardest to photograph!

I think this is the one. They're running out of time and he just spent the last whole week working on the cavity.

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Nice Shots, Al.

The first one is great with the chips flying... from a head shake?

This should interesting to follow. :)

Thank you very much. Yes, what he'd do is disappear into the cavity for quite a while; we could hear him chipping away. Then periodically he'd stick his head out the hole and broadcast the chips with a quick flick of his head. We kept trying to capture the moment, but it was very difficult.


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Jun 23, 2016 18:56 |  #6

Lovely head shots Al.


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Jun 24, 2016 00:54 |  #7

Great shots as always!


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Jun 24, 2016 07:32 |  #8

2n10 wrote in post #18048318 (external link)
Lovely head shots Al.


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Great shots as always!

Thanks, guys; I'm glad you liked them.


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Jun 24, 2016 08:38 |  #9

Really like the second image.


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Jun 25, 2016 03:05 |  #10

Well done Al, I agree with Marty that #2 is especially good.


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Jun 25, 2016 07:22 |  #11

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Really like the second image.


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Well done Al, I agree with Marty that #2 is especially good.

Thanks, guys. I posted the first one mainly to show the sawdust flying from his excavations.


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Jun 25, 2016 10:36 |  #12

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Jun 25, 2016 10:42 |  #13

Don't know what happened with last post. Sorry. Just wanted to say nice shooting and I'll be waiting eagerly for future progress and updates


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Jun 25, 2016 14:01 |  #14

Very cool shots Al!


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Jun 26, 2016 03:11 |  #15

Wow. Great shots Al.


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