Great spotted woodpecker

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Comparing 2 females –

Very easy to tell one from the other: Rose has curious discolored wing tips…. she is quite familiar with the place but remains shy towards other birds:

2 femelles Pic épeiche fréquentent assidûment le jardin, l’une étant plus blanche et l’autre plus marquée de rose, je les ai surnommées tout naturellement Blanche et Rose!Rose a dû faire les 400 coups quand elle était petite… on dirait qu’elle a trempé le bout de ses ailes dans de l’eau de javel car elles sont bizarrement décolorées! Heu non… je plaisante, les oiseaux muent 2 fois par an!! Elle est très familière, ayant pris ses aises devant l’objectif mais elle demeure timide envers les autres oiseaux!

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Elle a vu sa rivale arriver à 60 cm sous elle et se penche en arrière comme chaque fois qu’elle craint une menace:

Her rival has landed 60 cm below her on the same tree and bends backwards to assess the menace:

Dendrocopos major, Great spotted woodpecker

Blanche plus farouche, au tempérament plus trempé, fait son apparition sur le même tronc… les 2 filles se jaugent voulant chacune la place pour elle seule!

Blanche has a more wild temperament and soon both females size each up, wanting the place.

Dendrocopos major, Great spotted woodpecker

Dendrocopos major, Great spotted woodpecker

Dendrocopos major, Great spotted woodpecker

Finalement, comme si de rien n’était, Blanche remonte par petits bonds et se retrouve à la hauteur de Rose – qui a tourné et se retrouve droite, un bref face à face d’ 1/4 de secondes… Coup de chance elles sont exactement au même niveau! Finally, Blanche hops up and they both face each other for a 1/4 of a second before she flies off… A stroke of luck: they are at the same level to have a good focus on both!

Dendrocopos major, Great spotted woodpecker

Merci au Nikon 80/400 mm! …puis s’installe à côté: …to a branch nearby:

Dendrocopos major, Great spotted woodpecker

Les messieurs ne viennent jamais en même temps que les dames, mais ça c’est une histoire!

The guys never come when the females are present, but that’s another story!

Noushka Wildlife

Noushka

Passionate about Nature and photography but mostly animals and birds. I live in at the present, but have lived in Africa for 16 years and in the U.S. for 3 years and with Australia in mind for the future. With my husband, I created and managed a Bird Park in South Africa, raising mainly psittacines; the breeding facility housed over 1000 parrots at any given time. My photography is about sharing fauna's beauty with other enthusiasts! Equipment: NIKON lenses: 300 mm F/4, 80/400 mm, 500 mm, 200/500 mm, 800 mm f5/6E,

Noushka Wildlife

Noushka Wildlife

Passionate about Wildlife, Photography and Wildlife issues. I live in the south of France at the present, but have lived in Africa for 16 years, in the U.S. for 3 years. With my husband, I created and managed a BIRD PARK in South Africa, raising mainly psittacines; the breeding facility housed over 1000 parrots at any given time. I speak French and English alike and manage decently in Spanish. My photography is about sharing fauna's beauty with other enthusiasts! Equipment: ALL NIKON Cameras: D500, D750 Tele lenses: 300 mm, 500 mm, 800 mm f5/6E, Zoom lenses: 16/80 mm, 80/400 mm, 200/500 mm and: Macro 150 Sigma. * * * My work can be seen HERE: http://1000-pattes.blogspot.fr/ * * * NOT ON FACEBOOK

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