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Although it is absent from Quebec during the winter, the Northern Flicker can be found throughout North America. It nests in scattered forests, on the edges of felled forest areas and in rural or suburban gardens where it feeds essentially on ants, which make up close to 50 % of its summer diet. Fruits and seeds complete its diet in the fall.
The very active male drums resoundingly on trees, posts and houses to mark out its territory, while the female is a prolific layer of eggs. There have been reports of 71 eggs laid in 73 days. Having been massively hunted, the Northern Flicker is now a protected species, despite the presence of the starling, its reputed enemy, with which it competes for food and nesting areas. The length of the Northern Flicker is 31 to 55 cm. ref: John James Audubon, The Birds of America
Location: Marsh (Marais des Laîches), Gatineau, Canada.
Canon EOS 1D Mark IV
Shutter speed priority: 1/1600 sec.
Copyright: Yannik Hay
Lens: EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM + 2x extender@400mm