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Female Woodpecker at Sunset
01-DEC-2008 Dan Polley 2008

Female Woodpecker at Sunset

San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

The color of this bird in this photo is strongly influenced by the sunset. The normal color is gray/white underside and head with a gold crown.
The Golden-fronted Woodpecker is composed of four subspecies that differ in size, amount of barring on the tail, and the color of the nape, nasal tufts, and belly. Whereas the nape of the form found in Texas and most of Mexico is yellow to orange, it is red on the Yucatan Peninsula and orange farther south. The four forms were formerly considered different species.
The Golden-fronted Woodpecker consumes about as much fruit and nuts as it does insects. In summer in Texas, the faces of some woodpeckers become stained purple from eating fruit of the prickly pear cactus.

Canon EOS 40D ,Sigma 80-400mm F4.5-5.6 APO EX DG OS
1/400s f/7.1 at 400.0mm iso500 IMG_1241woodpecker.JPG full exif

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