The Great Spotted Woodpecker, Dendrocopos major, is a wonderful bird. This is a female coming in search of food at the WWF reserve Lago di Alviano:
The signs here have a picture of the male on them. How do I know? Just look at that patch of red on his head:
I’ve managed to get this close to Great Spotted Woodpeckers before in the UK. Here they are with my photographs and the Ladybird Book of British Birds and their Nests in my previous post:
I love the huge and powerful feet, the long neck and that stiff tail. A magnificent bird to watch in action:
Being this close to nature is a privilege.