|Male Downy Woodpecker with red flash © Shelley Banks|
Did he see me? I'd like to think so, because he certainly managed to find a continuous supply of twigs and stumps to hide behind — each time, just when I thought I had succeeded in framing the classic, full-length-with-checkered-feathers woodpecker shot with my camera.
And when not in hiding, this Downy moved at feather-blurring speed, rapidly bobbing his head as he rapped his beak into tasty spots on the bark. (There's even an after-image red halo behind his head, above.)
What is this bird? A male Downy Woodpecker (males are the ones with the red heads)
Location: Near Muenster, Saskatchewan.
Photo dates: February 16, 2013