I’ve seen it running up the pine trees several times, but wasn’t able to make a decent picture yet. But now I brought my camera out and sat in the yard for a bit to see if I could grab a picture or two of it climbing the trees with a longer lens.


The Red-Bellied Woodpecker. I love how it holds itself up on the bark of the tree. Those feet can spread so wide and the nails seem very sharp. And even though it looked as if he didn’t see me he was keeping an eye on me constantly as it rounded the trees upwards.

I still find the animal name finding interesting (read funny) sometimes. I know there already is a Red Headed Woodpecker. And I have to admit that one deserves it name more than this one. The whole head is bright red and I agree with that bird having that name. But they’ve should have know that the Red-Bellied Woodpecker is extremely good in hiding its red belly. I’ve truly tried to photograph it but couldn’t detect the red belly while in the tree. It seemed more with a glaze of yellow.

And I also know that there is a Yellow-Bellied woodpecker, which is called a sapsucker instead of woodpecker? See my point here? Those names are interesting right? That one also has the red in the head but a yellow belly. Quite confusing to me, cause they don’t show their belly to just any ordinary Woodpecker picture making photographer. They rather hide that part I guess. So people like me keep wondering which woodpecker they could be perhaps.

Anyways…. the next day, to make my point a scientific fact, it is Darwin Day today you know, a female Red-Bellied Woodpecker landed on the feeder. And my oh my did she show her belly….


Finally, I saw the red! It’s true! The Woodpecker name theory is correct, they do have a red belly! Darwin would be so proud 🙂

“The love for all living creatures is the most noble attribute of man.”

―Charles Darwin



3 thoughts on “Redhead

  1. What a Beautiful picture from the female red bellied woodpecker! You are such a great photographer! And what a life around you in your own backyard! We are blessed.

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