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Mom and Dad

Mom and Dad

Female (left) and male (right) Gila Woodpeckers at the entrance to a nest cavity in a Saguaro cactus. The hole in the cactus is about 15 feet (3 meters) up. I cropped each image to almost the same field of view for each shot to give a relative comparison to the size differences between the female and male. They did have a youngster they were feeding, but it was at another hole in the cactus. I think my presence kept them from attending to the young one, so I did not stay long. Their young one can be seen here:

Canon EOS 30D
1/50s f/10.0 at 700.0mm iso125 full exif

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Guest 15-Jan-2008 01:44
Excellent comp V
Bob Moul31-Dec-2007 19:58
Excellent comparison photo, Sam.
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