The camera never lies… Or does it !?!?…


Found this “not” so little fella in my garden the other day… helping himself to some worms and the like… and fortunately he hung around long enough for me to put my real lens on… The head on glare he gave me though did make me laugh…

28 responses

  1. Is this a woodpecker of sorts? He’s a pretty fella! Great shots!

    November 13, 2010 at 7:53 pm

    • It is indeed Simone… I’m surprised you don’t recognise it… It’s only our fairly common Green Woodpecker… They are pretty amazing to see though, especially in MY garden… :)

      November 13, 2010 at 8:04 pm

  2. What a beautiful bird, FS! It is amazing that you captured personality in a bird photo and I think he must be saying, “Get on with it so I can continue with my business.” Ha. Beautiful bird!

    November 13, 2010 at 8:41 pm

    • Thanks so much Leslie… He sure appeared to be saying something to me… lol… I’m not so sure it would have been quite as polite though… ;)

      November 13, 2010 at 8:59 pm

  3. What a great shot! I don’t think I’ve ever seen this type of woodpecker in my neck of the woods. About how big is it?

    November 13, 2010 at 8:47 pm

    • Thanks K… Yeah I’m pretty sure they’re just a European bird, but they’re quite prevalent in the UK… They’re also quite a size too for a woodpecker, and can be anything from 12″ to 14″ tall… and they have a very loud and distinctive “laugh” too… It’s fantastic to see them in the garden though… :)

      November 13, 2010 at 8:58 pm

  4. Val Erde

    Good shot – what a character he or she is!
    The woodpeckers we get here mostly like to peck at the stem of our bird table.

    November 13, 2010 at 8:57 pm

    • Thanks Val… Woodpeckers are pretty amazing aren’t they… I’ve a few more shots to come at some point of a Lesser Spotted Woodpecker too… but unfortunately for me they weren’t taken in my garden… I’m happy with the Green Woodpecker though…

      November 13, 2010 at 9:02 pm

  5. What personality on that woodpecker! Looks similar to our Northern Flicker and about the same size. However, unlike the Flickers, at least these guys spend some time on the GROUND! Great captures, Brian! :-)

    November 13, 2010 at 9:35 pm

    • Thanks Tracy… They tend to spend a lot of time on the ground actually, as their staple diet are ants.. and this one seemed pretty accepting of me taking shots too..

      November 13, 2010 at 9:42 pm

      • In the first shot, it looks like he is giving you the once-over to make sure you AIN’T gonna wrestle him for those ants! ;-)

        November 13, 2010 at 9:53 pm

        • With a beak that size he’s welcome to them… plus I prefer my ants deep fried… lol…

          November 13, 2010 at 9:57 pm

  6. So THAT’s what a woodpecker looks like! We have them here, too (in our yard) but I don’t think I’ve ever seen one…. only the damage they do to the trees.

    November 13, 2010 at 10:15 pm

    • Ahhh you’d be alright with this particular model though Michaela, as they don’t much like drumming on trees…

      November 13, 2010 at 10:22 pm

  7. aswirly

    This is a WOODPECKER? And you have them in your YARD??? Oh man, that is pretty cool. I love the looks you captured. Real stellar shots Funky and the depth of field is great! Which lens did you use? The new one?

    November 14, 2010 at 12:32 am

    • It most certainly is, and I most certainly do… Well sometimes anyway… lol.. We’re not blessed with a huge variety due to where I live, but we do get some pretty cool visitors… I’d still prefer some hummers though… :)

      Oh and lastly… I most certainly did… lol.. ;)

      November 14, 2010 at 9:45 am

  8. Awe he is so cute. What kind of bird is that?

    November 14, 2010 at 4:11 am

    • Thanks Consuelo… It’s a Green Woodpecker… They’re pretty common to the UK, and quite large too at over a foot tall…

      November 14, 2010 at 9:47 am

  9. Great shots! I love that bold stare in the first one.
    How lucky you are to have woodpeckers in your garden! The most interesting we ever get around here is blackbirds. In fact woodpeckers mostly stay in their remote forests around here and you’re lucky if you get a glimpse of one!

    November 14, 2010 at 9:57 am

    • Yeah it was quite the stare he was giving me… lol… And generally blackbirds / sparrows and starlings are all we get in our garden too… We do have a Robin though who’s a daily regular… The Woodpeckers don’t normally venture in though… so it was nice to catch this one…

      November 14, 2010 at 10:36 am

  10. Love the glare in the first shot – what an attitude.

    November 14, 2010 at 10:54 am

    • Thanks JP… His glare did make me laugh too…

      November 14, 2010 at 11:09 am

  11. Jayne

    Some people say it’s crazy to talk about expressions on animals’ faces but it definitely look to me as though he’s eyeballing you! Great shot. :)

    November 16, 2010 at 11:42 am

    • Haha… I know… That was exactly my thought as I was lining up for the shot… Thanks Jayne..

      November 18, 2010 at 9:42 pm

  12. We don’t see Woodpeckers much but we do hear them. I love the definition in both images but the bottom pic is a winner. I have dozens of bird feeders on the cherry tree at the bottom of the garden. The blue and tits are a delight, but I can never a get a decent shot (photo I meant). Great!

    November 16, 2010 at 8:54 pm

    • Yeah you can hardly miss the laugh of the Green Woodpecker… or maybe it’s better described as a cackle… Photographing birds is something I’ve often struggled with too, but I’m having more success now with my longer lens… Thanks NPG…

      November 18, 2010 at 9:48 pm

  13. HA! Birds can be so weird sometimes! I just found your site. There are some really nice photos and artwork here! Good job!!!

    November 17, 2010 at 7:45 pm

    • Thanks so much… Glad you found my site…You’re right too about birds being weird sometimes… ;)

      November 18, 2010 at 9:50 pm

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