I went to Bass River, Nova Scotia yesterday to find and photograph the juvenile Red-headed Woodpecker. If this handsome carpenter hangs around until spring it may have developed its amazing red top by then and worth another visit.
Woodpeckers are often hard to photograph well since they are mostly high up tree trunks thus necessitating high angle shots. When they are near feeders horizontal framing is easier, a technique requiring patience and luck.
The Red-headed Woodpecker is locally rare especially in winter. Indeed it is only my second Nova Scotia sighting in 16 years.
I have no idea what this woodpecker is eating. It may be a sunflower seed previously stashed or some kind of insect cocoon or seed head.