Monday, 16 February 2015

Pied Woodpecker

Today we got up early. Breakfast at 5h30, and off we go to Conny’s famous eagle. Why so early? It is important to enter and leave the hide in the dark. If you come at daytime the resident Ravens (Corvus corax/Raaf) are scared off, and will not drop down on the ground for many hours … and as a consequence the Golden Eagles (Aquila chrysaetos/Steenarend) will not come too. Eagles completely rely on Ravens. It is not only that the Ravens prepare the frozen meat (with their strong massive beaks Ravens cut holes in it so that eagles can tear-off pieces of meat), their presence also signals ‘safety’.
Unfortunately the Golden Eagles didn’t show up :-(, although the Ravens were around all day. But we enjoyed the good light and the presence of many Bullfinches (Pyrrhula pyrrhula/Goudvink), Greenfinches (Carduelis chloris/Groenling), Great Spotted Woodpeckers (Dendrocopos major/Grote Bonte Specht),♀ Grey-headed Woodpecker (Picus canus/Grijskopspecht), and a Fox (Vulpes vulpes/Vos) in the late afternoon. On the photo you see a ♂ Great Spotted Woodpeckers, with a bit of morning backlit through the forest.

* Canon EOS 5D Mark II, 300mm/f4; ISO-800, f4, 1/800s; +0.3 stop; bean bag.

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