The Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) is a species of woodpecker, the smallest in North America. They are mainly black on the upperparts and wings, with a white back, throat and belly and white spotting on the wings. There is a white bar above the eye and one below. They have a black tail with white outer feathers barred with black. Adult males have a red patch on the back of the head whereas juvenile birds display a red cap. Woodpeckers are very territorial, so I played a downy call from my bird call CD. This male arrived quite quickly to try to rumble with the would-be intruder. Of course, his search was futile, but I got many great photo ops as a result. I took this in my back yard in Rockaway, NJ USA with my Nikon D3100 and the 70-300mm zoom lens.

I’ve always appreciated nature, but I didn’t show interest in photography until digital started to come into it’s own. I had many cheap cameras over the years, but when I got the Nikon D3100 for my birthday last year, I really started to realize what photography was all about. I’ve had such a blast learning on the go over the past 10 months. I’ve gotten shots that I could have only dreamed of a year ago. I hope you all enjoy my photos, and by all means, BUY SOMETHING! =)

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  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppalmost 3 years ago

    Very nice capture Bill

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkealmost 3 years ago

  • Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
    Konstantinos A...almost 3 years ago

    8 April 2012 – 1 image per 24hrs

  • marens
    marensalmost 3 years ago

    beautifully captured Bill!!!

  • Thank you so much marens. Sorry for the late thank you. =)

    – William Brennan

  • (Tallow) Dave  Van de Laar
    (Tallow) Dave ...almost 3 years ago

    nice capture William

  • Thanks as always Dave. Glad you liked it. =)

    – William Brennan

  • Briar Richard
    Briar Richardalmost 3 years ago

    Beautiful shot, Bill! In addition to that beautiful bird, I love the composition. The tree, the sky, and the clouds all blend to make this one a favorite!

  • That’s very kind of you to say Briar. Downeys are a fave of mine. So spunky. =)

    – William Brennan

  • Barb Miller
    Barb Milleralmost 3 years ago

    Very nice William.

    Featured May 27, 2012

  • Thank you very much Barb. =)

    – William Brennan

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