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Great Spotted Woodpecker – Dendrocopos major

This photo was taken in Harpenden, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom

I found this nest being hollowed out very early in spring by this gorgeous woodpecker. You could hear their drumming all around the forest, but they were tricky to spot. I waited for some hours near to the hole but they flew in and out so quickly and then disappeared for a long period of time. On this occasion my patience was finally rewarded when the female paused, allowing me to briefly capture this shot.

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Taken with a Canon 400d with a 100-400 L Series Lens
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  • Leslie-Ann
    Leslie-Annover 1 year ago

    Your patience certainly paid of CBoyle, a superb image of a gorgeous little bird. Great Work………Leslie

  • Thank you so much Leslie, I wasn’t sure if I would ever get the shot :)

    – CBoyle

  • Julie  White
    Julie Whiteover 1 year ago

    outstanding capture.

  • Thanks for all your kind words Julie :)

    – CBoyle

  • Maria  Moro
    Maria Moroover 1 year ago
    • 5th April
  • Cheers Maria for adding my image to your group :)

    – CBoyle

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppover 1 year ago

    Very nice capture

  • Thank you for adding this to the group Larry :)

    – CBoyle

  • Leslie van de Ligt
    Leslie van de ...over 1 year ago

    What a wonderful capture this is. All that waiting was truly worth it! :>)) Leslie

  • Cheers Leslie :) it was alot of waiting but they are great to watch so finally getting a capture was a bonus :)

    – CBoyle

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesover 1 year ago

    2013/04/05 1 × 24hrs

  • Thank you for adding me to your group :)

    – CBoyle

  • Edward Denyer
    Edward Denyerover 1 year ago

    Excellent. - Ted

  • Thank you so much, glad you liked it :)

    – CBoyle

  • TeresaB
    TeresaBover 1 year ago

    April 6, 2013

    Wonderful work!!

  • Thank you so much for featuring my work in your group :)

    – CBoyle

  • BigD
    BigDover 1 year ago

  • Thanks for the feature in the Canon DSLR group!

    – CBoyle

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELover 1 year ago

    CONGRATULATIONS… Excellent work

  • Thank you so much for featuring me in your group Andrea! :)

    – CBoyle

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