Red-bellied Woodpecker, Melanerpes carolinus:
Horse Cove; near Gurley, Alabama
Reminiscing about spring on this warmer winter day and watching Red-bellied Woodpeckers at my suet feeder, I thought I would post a photo from last April. This handsome fellow, in full breeding plumage, was shot at the suet feeder in my backyard. I use a special suet, called “Bark Butter.” Bark Butter is produced by, and sold at Wild Birds Unlimited stores. It is like a magnet for birds, especially drawing woodpeckers and nuthatches. They love the stuff! Every morning when I add the Bark Butter to the feeder the woodpeckers around the house begin to call. Before I finish spreading the suet the woodpeckers are clinging onto nearby trees waiting for me to finish. No sooner do I turn to walk away the woodpeckers begin swooping to the feeding tree. On day that I am home I fill the suet tree 2 to 3 times a day. These birds always provide me with hours of shooting.
Nikon D800, Nikkor 500mm f/4, 1/100 second @ f/8