Saturday, 31 January 2009

White-backed Woodpecker Feeding Site

This photo shows a typical feeding site of White-backed Woodpecker Dendrocopos leucotos. A finely shaved rotting tree stump, from top to ground level and with wood-chips but also powder-like debris. Such stumps look like they have been carefully worked with a mallet and fine chisel. This method of feeding, looking for beetles inside dead timber, is time consuming and typically done outside the breeding season. Taken in the Bükk Hills, Hungary, October 2007.

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