Red-naped Sapsucker Showing Its Tongue

Red-naped Sapsucker TongueRed-naped Sapsucker Tongue – Nikon D810, f6.3, 1/2000, ISO 500, Nikkor 500mm VR, natural light

I was getting caught up on my culling yesterday when I came across this image of a Red-naped Sapsucker I photographed in July at a nesting cavity in Utah’s high Uintas. I had taken a ton of images of the adult sapsuckers at the nesting cavity opening with food in their bills for their chicks so I had put off going through the images to delete the bad ones because culling can take such a long time. And I take a lot of photos.

Anyway, I came across this image and realized that the Red-naped Sapsucker had its tongue stuck out and I hadn’t noticed that before so I wanted to post this photo today.

Maybe the sapsucker was giving me the raspberry. 🙂

Life is good.



  1. Elephant's Child August 28, 2016 at 2:03 pm

    If I had to undertake its clean-up duties I would stick my tongue out too. Bleah…

  2. April Olson August 28, 2016 at 10:40 am

    It’s feathers look a bit scruffy, child rearing will do that to you.

  3. Patty Chadwick August 28, 2016 at 8:50 am

    It’s fun to see that bird sticking his tongue out at his babies…felt like that way with mine at times. What always wows me though, is how perfectly round they drill those holes!!!

  4. Bob McPherson August 28, 2016 at 6:30 am

    Gorgeous image, Mia. He probably was showing you what he wouldn’t show anyone else. I have never seen that before.

  5. Liz Cormack August 28, 2016 at 6:24 am

    Glad you mentioned the tongue or I would never have seen it. Great timing on that shot!

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