Fun with Peckers (?) 😀 Woodpeckers - colorful personalities with a strong head!

in Photography Lovers5 months ago

A pecking order is in place.😀😀

A sight of these beautifully colored busy birds always brings a smile on my lips.

I never miss an opportunity to watch a woodpecker. They all have color, style and a strong head. Literally - they have a strong head because they use their beak and head to hammer holes in trees!

The brilliant colors, especially the golden yellows and stark reds they carry so flamboyantly makes me chase after them to capture them on camera...


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It is NOT easy to capture these beauties on camera. They are extremely active and keep hopping around even when they are on one tree. Their head constantly moves and if they are after a worm, it takes extremely high shutter speeds to freeze the motion and get a good frame.

Here are the settings I used typically for capturing woodpecker:

  • Aperture: 5.6 Widest possible on my lens to capture light since woodpeckers are always in trees
  • Shutter: 1/1000 to 1/2000 To get a good freeze of this constantly moving bird
  • ISO: 640 to 2000 depending on light conditions
  • Support: Handheld It is almost impossible to follow and track the quick moving bird using a tripod

Here are some of the interesting pics I captured with some majestic poses.

Lesser golden-backed woodpecker


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White-naped woodpecker


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Brown-headed pigmy woodpecker



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Damn - just look at the eye makeup this one has along with the flashy red highlights in it's hair! 🤣


I have spent days and days in the jungle, watching these amazing birds and capturing these shots. I think they are wonderful creations of nature.

Hope you all enjoyed these images.

I would love to hear your own views on this. What do you think ? Do you think it was worth it? Have you attempted or would you attempt anything like this in photography?

Please comment freely and let me know your opinion. I will try to bring many different types of wildlife photos/macro/Astro posts to the community. Feedback and comments are welcome,. I am still learning many techniques and always value feedback from experts in this community.

Have a nice day everyone. Cheers!


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Those are some beautiful shots! I love woodpeckers, they are such cute, funky little fellas! I went for a walk once and there was a woodpecker that hopped on the opposite side of the road all the way along with me... it was the cutest thing!

Thanks. Glad that you enjoyed the clicks. I have never been lucky to have a woodpecker hop along as I walked. Must have been quite an experience!

It was, lol. I giggled the whole way... although I am not sure if he was following me or if he thought I was following him and was trying to get away from me haha!!

These are amazing shots and the birds are colorful! I'm yet to see a woodpecker in person. They look gorgeous with their bright colors!

Awesome shots. You must have the patience of a saint to have captured these images.

Muy buenas fotos… están muy muy geniales