Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Red-bellied Woodpecker, #39/50

I spotted this female Red-bellied at Eagle Lakes.  I completely enjoy watching this bird walk around the tree trunk - it seems to have a little hop and appears to "stick" to the tree.  Very enjoyable to watch.

I spotted the male Red-bellied in the same tree as the female @ Eagle Lakes.  At first, I thought it was a Red Headed, but realized it was the male red-bellied.  

Interesting facts:  The most common woodpecker in southern Florida, it inhabits pines, mangroves woodlands and even urban areas. Males have a red crown and nape. The females head is plainer, but it has a red nape and forehead. The red belly patch, from which it takes its name, is usually obscure. It feeds on insects, nuts, fruits and berries, and sometimes stores its food.   Common at feeders where it is very vocal and aggressive.


  1. First of all what a FANTASTIC shot of the sunny sky with the (Ibis?) in flight - WOW! and the clarity of the Red Bellied Woodpecker. I have to improve on my patience. And the light you got on the adult Great Horned Owl is wonderful. Great work

  2. Wonderful photos of the RB Woodpecker! It looks like you caught him in action digging...wonder if it is making a nesting hole?

  3. Great photos Rachelle, very sharp! I like the rosy cheeks on the male!

  4. You really have a talent in taking pictures, very nice, very accurate. Enah from Alford

  5. Hi!
    Lovely serie of a stunning woodpecker.
    Greetings from Sweden


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