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My, what a pointy head you have! | by windyhill623
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My, what a pointy head you have!

We found this female Lineated Woodpecker (Dryocopus lineatus) perched in dense brush on a narrow dirt road that led to Playa Tortuga, on the southwest Pacific coast of Costa Rica. These large woodpeckers are very closely related to their northern cousins, the Pileated Woodpeckers.


She totally ignored us (standing below with binoculars and camera) while she went about her business of foraging for insects, mainly ants and beetles. I have many more shots of her in profile, busy hammering and poking at the plant stems, but it was when she turned her back to us that the height and beauty of her perky red crest was truly revealed. I love the way she seems suspended, almost in mid-air, among the grass-like leaves.

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Taken on November 9, 2015