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Yellow Bellied Sap-Sucker by Yannik Hay

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  • 5th Placement in the Top Ten in ENDANGERED SPECIES – Woodpecker challenge in Nature Photography Challenge group on the 2011-01-22
  • Featured in Woodpeckers From Around The World on the 2011-01-08
  • Featured in The Birds group on 2010-05-08

The Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius) is a medium-sized woodpecker found in North America, Central America and the Caribbean.

Adults are black on the back and wings with white bars; they have a black head with white lines down the side and a red forehead and crown, a yellow breast and upper belly, a white lower belly and rump and a black tail with a white central bar. Adult males have a red throat; females have a white throat. ref: Wikipedia.

They are not easy to photograph. They were two running after each other. I think it could be a love dance!

Location: Algonquin Provincial Park, Ontario
Date: 2010-05-03
Canon EOS 5D Mark II
ISO: 800
Shutter Speed: 1/350 sec.
Aperture priority: F/6.7
Copyright: Yannik Hay
Lens: 100-400mm F/4.5-5.6 L IS USM@400mm

Started photography in 1975.
Took photography classes.
Learned black and white dark room.
Did the transition to digital in 2005.
Learned a few post-processing programs and made my choice to Photoshop and Lightroom.

I like to shoot wildlife, birds, macro, landscapes and street photography to name a few.

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  • Yannik Hay
    Yannik Hayover 4 years ago

  • tcat757
    tcat757over 4 years ago

  • Thank you very much!

    – Yannik Hay

  • Marie  Morrison
    Marie Morrisonover 4 years ago

    Wow ! awesome Capture ! and two of them ! wonderful ! :)

  • Hello dear Marie, thank you very much for your great comment! Yes we had fun watching them and they were having fun, they were flying over our heads all the time in between running after each other around the trees.
    Take care :)

    – Yannik Hay

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 4 years ago

  • Thx much Ray. Cheers!

    – Yannik Hay

  • DragonflyDancer
    DragonflyDancerover 4 years ago

    Wonderful find and capture, Yannik!

  • Hello dear Sabrina, thank you so very much for your wonderful comment, this is so nice of you! I really appreciate it and your continuous support. All the best!

    – Yannik Hay

  • GraceNotes
    GraceNotesover 4 years ago

    Great capture, Yannik! We have several types of woodpeckers too and they are difficult to catch!! And you got two – crisp and clean!

  • Thank you so much! And they were hard to get a good shot :) but it was fun. Cheers!

    – Yannik Hay

  • RichardKlos
    RichardKlosover 4 years ago
  • Thx too :)

    – Yannik Hay

  • Alex Mokrzycki
    Alex Mokrzyckiover 4 years ago

    top shot and image Yannik, well caught.

  • Hello dear Alex, thank you so very much for your wonderful comment, this is so nice of you! I really appreciate it and your continuous support. All the best!

    – Yannik Hay

  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarkeover 4 years ago

    Awesome capture Yannik. Excellent work.

  • Many thx dear Bunny! Take care :)

    – Yannik Hay

  • Wanda Raines
    Wanda Rainesover 4 years ago


  • Many thx dear Wanda! Take care :)

    – Yannik Hay

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