Saturday, 27 December 2008

Black Woodpecker feeding holes

The size of the top hole (longer than a man's hand) and its shape (an oval, vertical slit) in this photo point to only one species: Black Woodpecker Dryocopus martius. This is a classic example of where a Black Woodpecker has hacked into the heart of a pine tree in search of carpenter ants. No other European woodpecker species makes holes as large as this. The exposed clean and yellowish timber indicates recent activity. Photo taken in the Bukk Hills, Hungary.

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