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PIC OF THE WEEK: 08/25/14 • PREVIOUS WEEKNEXT WEEKALL 2014 PICS

Bird Pic Of The Week

Red-bellied Woodpecker

(Melanerpes carolinus)

Where: Richmond, VA • Glidewell Rd.

Notes: Woodpeckers depend on dead and drying trees for nesting purposes and some localities have adopted the practice of not cutting down dead trees entirely to help this family of birds survive. Instead of total removal, such trees are trimmed to what becomes a very tall stump of twenty or so feet high. This eliminates a significant portion of the fall-over danger by removing all of the main outer branches, yet leaves enough tree for cavity nesting birds to drill holes in. Not also is this practice good for the Woodpeckers, but in the following seasons, other birds and animals can utilize the hole for shelter and nesting too. Some species of woodpeckers will even use these elevated holes to cache food in, for future times when foraging is unsuccessful. I was excited to see our local adult male “Red-belly” (above) being followed around by a couple of very young juveniles (right). That means that was, so far, this was a successful breeding season for these ten inch long birds. It takes about three and a half week to fledge the youngsters and they typically remain in the nesting area for as long as seven months, if there are enough food resources available. This species is sometimes confused with the Red-headed Woodpecker, because it has red on its head, but the coloring on the Red-headed extends completely around its head from the base of its neck up, where as the Red-bellied Woodpecker has white under its chin as well as a checker-board pattern covering its back and tail. The Red-bellied prefers a habitat that is dominated with deciduous trees.

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Equipment: Canon EOS 5D Mark III • Canon 400mm f-5.6 Prime USM L Series Lens • Gitzo 3531LS Tripod • Wimberly Head WH-101 • Wired Remote Shutter Release

Exposure: Shutter Speed = 1/320 second • Aperture = f-7.1 • Exposure Mode = Aperture Priority • Focus Mode: One Shot • Lens (Focal) Length = 400 mm • ISO = 3200 • Aprox. Camera Distance = ~15 Feet • Date Shot: 08-20-14

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