Male Red-Bellied Woodpecker

Male Red-Bellied Woodpecker

In this picture we see the proverbial woodpecker lips.

Why they call these red-bellied woodpeckers I’ll never know. It’s more like the “little patch of rust on its belly woodpecker.” has a great guide to the red-belly and similar species. Males like the one above have red that goes from the back of his neck all the way to his beak. The female’s red patch stops on the crest of her head.

The red headed woodpecker doesn’t live here in East Tennessee, but I’ve seen them west of here on the Cumberland Plateau. He has a red cowl that covers his whole head. The mnemonic I use is “A red-headed woodpecker has a head that’s entirely red.”

Photography Notes

On Sunday I was sitting on the living room couch writing. It was a good day for birds at the suet feeder outside the window, so I set the camera on a tripod and used the wireless remote to trip the shutter.

Taken with a Nikon D7000 camera and Nikon 70-200mm F2.8 VR. I turned off VR (stabilization), which is recommended when using a tripod. Shot with manual focus and manual exposure. I shot at F5.6. Next time I’ll stop down to F8 to get a little more depth of field.

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