These pictures should really be part of the previous post, they were taken on Thursday on my last visit to Haldon. As you may or may not know, I have been trying very hard to photograph the woodpeckers in flight recently. It's kind of my thing at the moment and once the obsession passes I will be able to concentrate on something else. I have been trying to coax the birds to fly in a predictable straight line from the food to the tree and eventually when they do and eventually when it is bright enough, I will get the perfect photo - it hasn't happened yet but I am getting there and I have the patience to do it. I think our woodpecker species - all three of them - are beautiful, as nice as any bird anywhere in the world so it's well worth the effort. The Great - Spotted Woodpecker is something of a star for US birders. It is a very rare visitor there and twitchers are very excited if they get the chance to add it to their USA list.
I had spent quite a while there and during the late morning the light was from behind me and mostly sunny, I almost got a crisp clear shot as the adult male flew up into the dead tree. The wing is sharp and in focus but the head for some reason is not! Quite frustrating but an interesting shot.