Saturday, 19 June 2010

Wetlands and woodpeckers

Yesterday I spent the afternoon at the Wildfowl and Wetlands trust centre at Arundel in West Sussex. It was a highly relaxing day, with a lot of action from the hides. Strangely though for a wetland centre the highlight of the day for me was a greater-spotted woodpecker. I see these birds frequently but have seldom managed to get close enough for a photograph.

The wetland centre, however, has a small bird feeding station and whilst I was there watching numerous finches and tits squabbling over the feeders, this greater spotted flew in to see what all the fuss was about. The area was quite dark - but after a while it moved round to the lighter side of the trees and afforded me a few decent shots.


  1. This is a beautiful shot Ian, and they are not that easy to get pictures off... Well done!

  2. Very nice image. Nice, natural light. You see so many similar pics with flash blowing the detail...nice one Ian. Clive

  3. Lovely Woodpecker, very similar to our Hairy and Downies.

  4. WOW... what a nice capture. Great natural light and a perfect timing... Really enjoyed it. ;)


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