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The Black-backed Woodpecker is common and wide spread. But having said that try and find one. I know where they are and can often hear them chattering but they seldom pose in good light. Beginners use fill-in flash using fresnel lenses to focus the light but the effects are stark and unrealistic and certainly don't count as nature photos to purists.
I used fill-in flash a lot in my early days. The photos are easy to spot because the background is dark to black.
The best photos are in natural light, preferably in the open in a bright overcast day but bright sunlight will do as well.
Look for them in the deep mixed or coniferous woods especially in the early spring when family groups increase their numbers and they also tend to be more vocal and easier to find.
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