Red-headed Woodpecker, Melanerpes erythrocephalus:
Guntersville Dam Recreational Area near New Hope, Alabama
What a beautiful bird is the Red-headed Woodpecker. Its black and white body plumage and red head makes it one of my favorite woodpeckers. The pair I have been photographing near Guntersville Dam is a breeding pair and in prime plumage right now. I feel so fortunate to have found a pair that is so approachable and photogenic.
This bird is perched on the trunk of a longleaf pine and the background is green shrubbery about two-hundred feet away, thus the pleasing out of focus background. I just love when everything comes together to make a pleasing image.
Nikon D800, Nikkor 500mm f/4, 1/400 second @ f8