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Great Spotted Woodpecker ~ Dendrocopos major

From the RSPB

About blackbird-sized and striking black-and-white. It has a very distinctive bouncing flight and spends most of its time clinging to tree trunks and branches, often trying to hide on the side away from the observer. Its presence is often announced by its loud call or by its distinctive spring 'drumming' display. The male has a distinctive red patch on the back of the head and young birds have a red crown

This handsome fella flew in high above my lakeside hideaway and perched for a few moments in this tree still quite high up ~ It as very difficult to get a clear shot of it as numerous branches got in the way ~ This was my best frame ~~

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  • Uploaded on February 19, 2013
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    by Nick Weall
    • Taken on 2013/02/17 12:16:30
    • Exposure: 0.000s (1/4000)
    • Focal Length: 200.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/2.800
    • ISO Speed: ISO320
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash