11/11/2015
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Photo of the Week: 4–10 November

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Green Woodpecker by Andrew Moon

Green Woodpecker

Apart from when they are giving a ride to a Weasel, eyecatchingly different Green Woodpecker photos are hard to come by. When they are photographed, it's usually on the ground as they feed on ants.

This image by Andrew Moon illustrates some very interesting behaviour: a male woodpecker is enjoying an unusual meal in a dogwood bush — I have to admit that I wasn't aware that they even ate berries of any sort.

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Using a 600mm lens with a 2× converter, Andrew kept his distance from the bird, and then watched as it shinned up the tallest and thinnest branch to reach the berries at the top. A shutter speed of 1/1,250th second was possible at ISO 1600, while the f10 aperture has given good depth of field to his image.

Congratulations to Andrew on his unusual, and very autumnal, Photo of the Week.

You can read more on bird photography from Steve Young, including product reviews and a regular Photo Challenge for readers, every month in Birdwatch magazine.

Other notable images

Goldcrest
Goldcrest, Llanbedr-y-cennin, Conwy (Photo: Bob Garrett)

Curlew
Curlew, Newbiggin-by-the-Sea, Northumberland (Photo: Heiko Peters)

Goldcrest
Goldcrest, The Leas, S.Shields, Durham (Photo: Mark Fullerton)

Marsh Harrier
Marsh Harrier, Minsmere RSPB, Suffolk (Photo: Nick Brown)

Kingfisher
Kingfisher, Cam Washes, Cambridgeshire (Photo: Jon Heath)

Short-eared Owl
Short-eared Owl, undisclosed site, Perth & Kinross (Photo: John Anderson)

Pallid Harrier
Pallid Harrier, Gibraltar Point NNR, Lincolnshire (Photo: Russell Hayes)

Hispaniolan Woodpecker
Hispaniolan Woodpecker, Dominican Republic (Photo: Mr Clive Daelman)

Sparrowhawk
Sparrowhawk, Hauxley NR, Northumberland (Photo: Tim Mason)

Common Snipe
Common Snipe, Westhay Moor NNR, Somerset & Bristol (Photo: Les Mears)

Crag Martin
Crag Martin, Chesterfield, Derbyshire (Photo: Andy Butler)

Sanderling
Sanderling, Thorntonloch, Lothian (Photo: S Gillies)

Waxwing
Waxwing, Fair Isle, Shetland (Photo: Lee Gregory)

Written by: Steve Young