Sunday, February 24, 2008

Hairy Not Downy

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This female hairy woodpecker (Picoides villosus) found peanuts that the squirrels had hidden in a knot in the bird feeder tree. I made this collage in Photoshop Elements and I am not happy with the results. The photos go in order from left to right, top to bottom. I took these today.

When my digital photography instructor saw my "downy woodpecker" photos, he told me, and another birder student confirmed, that all of my woodpeckers are hairys and not downys. My woodpeckers are a smidgin bigger than a robin. Downys are apparently the size of nuthatches.

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  1. Hairy woodpeckers??? I think I prefer downy or even feathery. However, I realised it's the type of woodpecker we're talking about here.

    Why aren't you happy with your photos? I think they're great...and the woodpecker doesn't care...he's more interested in his loot.

    Hope all is well in your world, Andree.

  2. I really like these photos and they look great as a series. I think its wonderful to be able to see a moment like this and to capture it on film. Downy or hairy, ours in the UK are all lesser or greater, but the patterning in all of them is very similar....

  3. What nice pictures ! We have one woodpecker here around I can hear it but never saw it !

  4. I think those photos are gorgeous! Maybe his name is Harry.

  5. Do you think the "he" is a she?


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