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Today I’m taking part in the Macro Monday photo challenge. If you like what you see, I encourage you to subscribe so you can enjoy the new photos I post a few times a week.

I know the photos below are technically zoom rather than macro, but I thought they’d fit the term since it’s hard to see one of these birds up close. We’re lucky to have thousand of bird species in San Diego, one of which is Nuttall’s woodpecker. You tend to hear woodpeckers more than you see them, so I felt very lucky when I spotted one a couple of weeks ago at a local park. Unfortunately this bird didn’t like me to follow him around. So he kept moving away as I was getting closer and I didn’t get the sharpest photos I was hoping for. Then it started to rain and I gave up after a few raindrops landed on my lens as I was pointing my camera up the trees.

Still, I’m happy to have been able to capture my first Nuttall’s woodpecker. Here he is, climbing his first tree, with his bright red head.

Macro Monday: my first Nuttall's woodpecker

Macro Monday: my first Nuttall’s woodpecker

He hid behind branches for a while.

Nuttall's woodpecker in a tree

Nuttall’s woodpecker in a tree

Eventually he made his way around the trunk.

Nuttall's woodpecker on a tree trunk

Nuttall’s woodpecker on a tree trunk

Nuttall's woodpecker on a cottonwood tree

Nuttall’s woodpecker on a cottonwood tree

Have you ever seen a woodpecker where you live? Or just heard one?

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About Milka Pejovic

I'm a freelance writer, artist and photographer. I write mostly for business, not enough for pleasure, and I take a lot of pictures of the world around me.

8 responses »

  1. What a handsome bird, especially against the textures of the trees!

  2. Carrie Rubin says:

    I love his spot of red! I’ve heard woodpeckers outside my window at times. Sometimes not so welcome on a sleep-in Saturday morning. 😉

  3. Cee Neuner says:

    I didn’t think of it yesterday, but you are so right we both picked birds….that’s cool! I’ve got a couple questions about zazzle, I’m trying to open an account where I can sell. If you have a few minutes sometime could you write me. ceeneuner@wbcable.net. Thanks. No rush.

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