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Green Woodpecker

By Kim Walton    
Picus viridis
Common resident over much of England and Wales, especially the southern parts. Scarce and locally distributed in Scotland (which it colonised in the 1940's), and absent from Ireland.
Found in woods, farmland, parks and large gardens (where it is often seen feeding on ants in lawns), and heaths and coastal dunes.
Distinctive, large woodpecker and the only British species to show green tones. Most noted features are the red cap and often strikingly yellowish rump as the bird flies away. Has a loud, characteristic 'laughing' call.
31 - 33 cm (12”) in size.

Tags: General Woodpecker Green Malvern Worcestershire Wildlife and nature

Voters: JouŠo, Newtman, piccy and 54 more

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JouŠo 17 56 Finland
31 Jul 2006 12:11PM
great capture, Kim...

Newtman 15 2 5
31 Jul 2006 12:11PM
I love the quizzical pose, personally I find these guys very shy. Congratulations on a fine shot
piccy 15 8 Wales
31 Jul 2006 12:13PM
Nice catch. Beautiful shot.
owp 16 168
31 Jul 2006 12:25PM
. . nice "wood-picus"! . . an not a tree in sight LOL Smile . .

seriously Kim,. . a good opportuniy shot!

POOCHIE 15 21 6 United Kingdom
31 Jul 2006 1:12PM
Well captured, dont often see pictures of green woodpeckers.
Shane136 18 63 United Kingdom
31 Jul 2006 1:16PM
Nice one Kim, still haven't got any of these yet, well taken

stevebostock 16 244 England
31 Jul 2006 1:58PM
great atch, hard to capture bird. loks a bit like a candid

IanFlindt 17 740 21 United Kingdom
31 Jul 2006 2:21PM
I love the picture of two halves effect, Kim - the overgrown grass providing terrific environmental context.
jeannie 17 United Kingdom
31 Jul 2006 2:25PM
One word - excellent!!
annefromleo 16 11 1 United Kingdom
31 Jul 2006 3:56PM
well done Kim. Obliging 'pecker may be, but a gorgeous shot.
We have 4 'pecker babies visiting our garden at present and I have never managed anything as good as this!
sunshot 16 24 United Kingdom
31 Jul 2006 4:18PM
excellent capture kim, well done.
albi 17 68 1 England
31 Jul 2006 5:20PM
I've only ever managed to photograph one and that was by pure chance, a very nervous bird.
Well caught.
User_Removed 15 51
31 Jul 2006 5:33PM
First class composition.

phil_j 15 134 4 England
31 Jul 2006 5:39PM
Great shot, illusive birds these Green woodies so well done an getting a shot like this.
pcjackso Junior Member 16 7
31 Jul 2006 5:49PM
Great capture of this beautiful it
jaktis Plus
17 84 Sweden
31 Jul 2006 6:10PM
Well captured the woodpecker out from it's most natural habitat

Ian_Sweet 16 92 1 England
31 Jul 2006 6:17PM
Great shot Kim, well done.


Tom_H 16 48 1 United Kingdom
31 Jul 2006 6:44PM
Lovely capture of one of my favorite birds, well done.
wyatturp 16 2 England
31 Jul 2006 6:56PM
Good catch light in the eye of woody, and nice comp, well done kim.
Mari 18 1.8k United Kingdom
31 Jul 2006 6:57PM
Wonderful shot, Kim, not easy to get one of these little shy birds, and captured in excellent light too, really well done

Mari Smile
15 13 1 United Kingdom
31 Jul 2006 7:37PM
Well photographed Kim, and so sharrrrp! Finely done.
Ade_Osman 18 4.5k 36 England
31 Jul 2006 7:42PM
Extremely jealous here Kim, been trying to get a green woodpecker shot longer than I care to mention, tricky little beasties to say the least. Well done to you.

GillyB 16 317 8 United Kingdom
31 Jul 2006 7:42PM
Good capture Kim!
KBan 16 512 4 United Kingdom
31 Jul 2006 9:07PM
you lucky sod Kim, what a catch!!!
Kim Walton 18 145 30 United Kingdom
31 Jul 2006 9:32PM
Thanks all,didn`t think it was commonly captured ---got about 20 shots ,more than enough to share out!! Lol
clintnewsham 16 121 1 England
31 Jul 2006 9:34PM
you lucky devil, i,ve been waiting ages to capture one of these and you,ve done such a good job of it.

click clint
31 Jul 2006 10:50PM
Yep...fantastic shot. I only ever hear them, I never see them, never mind get chance to point a camera at them. Well done!!
Keelo 18 18 Australia
1 Aug 2006 8:33AM
Excellent composition and pose Kim, great shot.
PatrickSmith 16 1.2k 2 United States
2 Aug 2006 3:01PM
I did miss it, but not any more! This is right up there with the best ones on EPZ. The colours are subtle, so some may have passed by the thumbnail (even I did) but do not be fooled into thinking it is not as good as ones with more votes. I especially like the way the bird is so well framed by the grasses. The the position is the head is perfect.
8 Aug 2006 8:23AM
Great shot Kim.

User_Removed 17 239 7 England
19 Oct 2006 9:30AM
very good image..... the bird is perfectly positioned & the light is just right.

Hawkgenes 16 10 United Kingdom
27 Oct 2006 8:30PM
Very well seen and captured


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