Friday, August 14, 2009

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Behavior: Bird Photography Weekly

After going to Florida in March my computer crashed and I had yet to back up some of the photographs that I had taken during the early part of 2009. I finally got it all recovered this week and remembered seeing a very interesting Sapsucker/Red-bellied Woodpecker behavior. Down in Florida the Sapsuckers commonly drill their wells in palm trees. While watching one work its way from well to well I noticed a Red-bellied Woodpecker doing the same. I had never seen a Red-bellied Woodpecker use a Sapsucker's well before.

Here is a shot of this behavior:

You can see the Red-bellied Woodpecker on the tree in the background.

9 comments:

ramblingwoods said...

That is interesting....I have never seen one in person..... Michelle

mick said...

Interesting behavior and great that you were able to get photos as well.

Larry Jordan said...

Great capture of the female Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Eric! The Red-bellied Woodpecker in the background is a bonus.

I thought that any bird species interested in sap would use any available well. I was amazed to see an Anna's Hummingbird and a Nuttall's Woodpecker drinking out of the same wells in an oak tree on my property.

Go figure!

Arija said...

What wonderful observations. Nice shot too.

Denise said...

What a great photo. I learn so much when I visit here. Thank you!

Bob and Cynthia Kaufman said...

Quite interesting info and a great photo to boot!

dyana said...

Awesome photo......

Thanks for sharing with us......
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gwendolen said...

Super photo.
Great DoF with the Red-bellied Woodpecker in the background.

Jack said...

Thats really interesting one...nice to see this bird..

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