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Northern Flicker vs Red-headed

Northern Flicker vs Red-headed

This is my best shot so far. Taken at Rondeau Provincial Park during 2008 spring migration, the picture shows the fight between a Northern Flicker and a Red-headed woodpecker over a nest hole. The fight ended with the Red-headed woodpecker pair being forcefully evicted from their home by the invading Flickers. Within 2 days, the Red-headed woodpeckers rebuilt their home about 100 feet from their original location.

What you see in this picture is the Flicker holding the Red-headed by its tongue while spiraling down towards the ground. Talk about unique bird behavior.

This picture has since been published by National Geographic in the 2009 January edition. You can see it here:

or here (if you care to have this shot set as wallpaper)

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Geneviève Cotineau16-Jun-2011 22:12
Oh! J'avais déjà vu cette photo!

Elle est fantastique!

Mark Chambers26-Dec-2010 22:58
Fantastic shot. Voted!
Marc Lapointe24-Feb-2010 02:02
Fantastic shot!
Dave Clark21-Jan-2010 16:38
Wow what a spectular shot, unbelieevable and the rest of your gallery is also great.
Robert Ogonowski 12-Jan-2010 20:53
Gdyby wiedzialy, ze sa obserwowane to by slodko cwierkaly:)
polaczyly by sily i ...
Pozdrawiam i gratuluje wytrwalosci.
Martin Isabelle17-Nov-2009 00:35
Bud Hensley01-Oct-2009 16:43
Fantastic capture and well-deserved recognition! Nice work!
Pawel Bulat22-Jul-2009 02:48
Great moment!
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