David Alaniz Photography

Natures turn…….

Red-bellied Woodpecker – Nest Building

I kept hearing what sounded like a woodpecker tapping on a tree.  I slowly moved in that direction trying to find the location.  I finally narrowed it down to one tree but thought it was playing games with me because I couldn’t find it.  That’s when I saw the hole in the dead tree as he came out.  I stood there for about 30 minutes as two would come and go.  They would disappear into the hole and I could hear them pecking inside.  A short while later they would stick their head out with a beak full of tree clippings and throw it into the wind.  I was fascinated with their work and took several hundred pictures.

Nikon D4, 500mm, f/5.6, 1/1000, iso 200


2 responses to “Red-bellied Woodpecker – Nest Building

  1. Doug Haass February 23, 2013 at 10:09 pm

    Awesome capture of a bird behavior! This is certainly not something you see every day. Tap, tap, tap from the outside is the norm, not this.

  2. dda53 February 24, 2013 at 10:17 am

    Thanks Doug, appreciate your comment. This was taken at my mother in-laws in Huntsville. The neat thing is it’s only about 50ft away from the door. The dead tree is leaning and I just hope it doesn’t fall.

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