Downy Woodpecker in the Willows at Farmington Bay

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Male Downy WoodpeckerMale Downy Woodpecker – Nikon D810, f8, 1/200, ISO 400, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light, not baited

I was delighted to spot this male Downy Woodpecker in the willows the last time I went out to Farmington Bay Bird Refuge. There aren’t many trees at Farmington Bay but along the road to Goose Egg Island there are a few and this time of the year when the leaves are falling there are times I see these tiny woodpeckers in them. Some times I hear their calls before I even see them or the sound of them pecking on the wood while they search for prey but this time I saw the bird without hearing a thing.

Downy Woodpeckers are the smallest woodpeckers in North America and are seen from coast to coast.

Photographing Downy Woodpeckers can be challenging because of the high contrast of their black and white plumage and because they are usually tucked away under the canopy of the trees which means there are often obstructions in front of the birds. Of the 70 images I took of this downy there were only a few that did not have leaves or branches obscuring part of the bird.

Life is good. Enjoy the day!



  1. Stewart Monckton November 6, 2014 at 1:59 am

    What a great shot – I miss woodpeckers – we don’t have them in Australia!
    Cheers – Stewart M – Melbourne

  2. Elephant's Child November 4, 2014 at 3:33 pm

    After an intensely frustrating morning, I needed this little charmer. Thank you.

  3. Jolanta November 4, 2014 at 11:58 am

    Great picture! Thanks 🙂

  4. Utahbooklover November 4, 2014 at 10:31 am

    A wonderful image of this handsome bird, one of my favorites. My in-laws live in the Bountiful foothills, so I often watched them raising their family. Very brave as they were sometimes just 8 or 9 feet away.

  5. Stu November 4, 2014 at 7:55 am

    Wonderful Detail and to use your word, a Delightful Photograph.!

  6. Wally November 4, 2014 at 7:02 am

    Superb photograph of the handsome little devil! Not only do they usually hide within the canopy, they seem to be almost constantly on the move.

    Very nice work, Mia, getting such great exposure as well as the fine detail!

  7. Liz Cormack November 4, 2014 at 7:01 am

    And hard to photograph because they seem to be always on the move!
    Great capture!

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