Gila Woodpecker, Melanerpes uropygialis:Gilbert Water Ranch; Gilbert, Arizona
In June the Saguaro Cactus fruit ripens and most of the desert animals feast on the fruit's red meat and seeds. Here, a female Gila Woodpecker pauses for this portrait as she eats. The saguaro fruit is also one of the staples she feeds to her nestlings.
Nikon D800, Nikkor 500mm f4, 1/800 sec. @ f8