I was sitting in my car, getting ready to leave Loxahatchee NWR, when I heard the ping, ping, ping ping. It was SO loud, I said to myself WHAT IS THAT! and so I got out of the car, looked up and saw this amazing creature, his gorgeous red head blowing in the breeze. He was continuously pecking, and after just watching him for a few mintues, I learned to press the shutter only when his head was up, and his eye was in the sunlight. This is one of my favorite birds! This is the male, as he has a red moustachial stripe, the female is below.
With the probable extirpation of the Ivory-billed Woodpecker, the largest woodpecker in North America and southern Florida. General black color, large size and long red crest.