Red-bellied Woodpecker

A Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) spotted along the margin between forest- and wetland areas at Huntley Meadows Park, a 1,425 acre wetland area in Fairfax County, Virginia USA. This individual is an adult male.


I love the call of the Red-bellied Woodpecker (click the play button labeled, “Typical Voice”). The sounds of the bird call and staccato pecking caught my attention before I saw the woodpecker. I stared at the trees until I saw movement out of the corner of my eye. The bird was fairly far from me — the lens of my new Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150 camera was set on maximum telephoto (600 mm) and the bird didn’t fill the photo frame. Shots like these photos would have been impossible using my iPhone camera!

Tech Tips: Apple “Aperture” was used to adjust the photos shown in the preceding gallery. All of the photos were cropped in order to highlight the bird.

Copyright © 2012 Walter Sanford. All rights reserved.

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