Red Bellied Woodpecker - Hamilton, Ontario by Michael Cummings

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“The Red-bellied Woodpecker, Melanerpes carolinus, is a medium-sized woodpecker of the Picidae family. It breeds in southern Canada and the northeastern United States, ranging as far south as Florida and as far west as Texas. Its common name is somewhat misleading, as the most prominent red part of its plumage is on the head; the Red-headed Woodpecker however is another species that is a rather close relative but looks entirely different.

Adults are mainly light gray on the face and underparts; they have black and white barred patterns on their back, wings and tail. Adult males have a red cap going from the bill to the nape; females have a red patch on the nape and another above the bill. The reddish tinge on the belly that gives the bird its name is difficult to see in field identification. They are 9 to 10.5 inches long, and have a wingspan of 15 to 18 inches." Wikipedia

Nikon D300
ISO 250
EV 0.00
Spot Metering
No Flash
550 MM
WB Sunny


bird, ecology, forest, habitat, red bellied woodpecker, trees, woodlands, woodpecker


  • Edyta Magdalena Pelc
    Edyta Magdalen...about 4 years ago

    Fantastic capture and great light too!

  • Thank you Edyta

    – Michael Cummings

  • Ryan Davison Crisp
    Ryan Davison C...about 4 years ago

    gorgeous shot, great focus on this and the bokeh is very fitting

  • Thank you very much Ryan

    – Michael Cummings

  • deb cole
    deb coleabout 4 years ago

    Nice to see you enjoying the wildlife in this neck of the woods! Beautiful shot, Michael.

  • I was not expecting to see this little one, had to move fast

    – Michael Cummings

  • Akkra
    Akkraabout 4 years ago

    Gooorgeous picture – the green is luscious and I love the dof. Mr/Mrs Woodpecker really stands out!

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeabout 4 years ago

  • Thanks Ray

    – Michael Cummings

  • Julie Everhart
    Julie Everhartabout 4 years ago
  • Thank you Julie

    – Michael Cummings

  • Tammy  (Robison)Espino
    Tammy (Robiso...about 4 years ago

    Fantastic capture!

  • Thank you Tammy

    – Michael Cummings

  • neilbrown
    neilbrownabout 4 years ago

    Very beautiful in all regards.

  • Thanks Neil

    – Michael Cummings

  • KatsEye
    KatsEyeabout 4 years ago

    Completely beautiful.

  • Thank you Kathy

    – Michael Cummings

  • TxGimGim
    TxGimGimabout 4 years ago

    Beautiful capture!

  • Thanks Tx

    – Michael Cummings

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