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I am not sure which Woodpecker this is. In a book of bird photos I have it could be the Lesser Spotted but the red on the head is different and more like the Syrian Woodpecker which doesn't usually appear in the British Isles. Any help and comments on this would be useful. I have never seen a Woodpecker on our feeders before.

Brand:Pentax
Camera:Pentax X-5 Check out PENTAXPORTAL!
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:4 Jan 2014 - 1:26 PM
Focal Length:104mm
Aperture:f/5.9
Shutter Speed:1/60sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:1000
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:Woodpecker
Username:johnwnjr johnwnjr
Uploaded:5 Jan 2014 - 8:01 AM
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johnwnjr
johnwnjr e2 Member 12johnwnjr vcard United Kingdom
5 Jan 2014 - 10:30 AM

Author's Comment: Further research virtually confirms that the photo is of the Syrian Woodpecker Dendrocopos syriacus 23cm

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johnwnjr
johnwnjr e2 Member 12johnwnjr vcard United Kingdom
10 Jan 2014 - 7:03 PM

I have had several comments elsewhere to tell me that I have wrongly identified the subject. It should be male Great Spotted Woodpecker. What upset my identification was the red on the top of the head. In a book of actual photographs of both woodpeckers the only one like my photo was the Syrian Woodpecker, but I have since seen and read that the male Great Spotted Woodpecker has the same marking on top of the head. Sorry for the error. John

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