Seen Only Due to Action Frozen
Over the years, beginning long before I was shooting pictures, I have watched red-headed woodpeckers. In the old days the very colorful birds seemed to be much more plentiful. I don’t know if the numbers have been reduced due to loss of habitat or competition from other birds or something else. Regardless, my observations of red-headed woodpeckers during recent times – at least around here – has come much less often. In fact, now when I see a red-headed woodpecker I take special note of it and pause to watch them when I can.
Today I was treated to a close interaction with a nearly perfect specimen. The bird flew back and forth along the Wapsipinicon River. As you might expect, I had a camera with me and made plenty of pictures.
While reviewing the collection of images I was surprised to notice a red-headed woodpecker detail I do not know that I have ever seen before. When the birds are in flight and their tails are spread wide, the edge of the tail features a very pronounced, extreme scalloped edge that we seldom see. Had it not been for me freezing the flight action, I still would not have known this interesting detail about red-headed woodpeckers.
(Please ignore the overall composition. This image is to show the edge of the tail.)