Sunday, April 25, 2010

Gila Woodpecker and Mexican Fencepost cactus

Here is a photo of a Gila Woodpecker holding onto the Mexican Fencepost cactus.

You can see the tiny vibrantly colored flower buds that the bird is hanging onto.

I posted a close-up of the flower bud five days ago. These flower buds are amazingly beautiful.

We have seen this pair of Gila woodpeckers around for the past 6 years, but we have never seen them on the cactus. Generally, the woodpeckers are trying to peck holes into the mesquite trees.

Today is Sunday, which means travel photos. Check out the awesome travel photos of thirty year old iridescent claims in Aitutaki at Viva la Voyage!

11 comments:

brattcat said...

This is such a wonderful composition, Julie!

Kate said...

What an unusual photo, Julie...I love it.

Leif Hagen said...

Fantastic photo - one I could obviously never take here in Minnesota!

Rob and Mandy said...

Beautiful bird!

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

This is a spectacular shot. I have never seen this bird land on the Mexican fence post cactus.

Sharon said...

I just came in from my back yard where I was trying to photograph one of these woodpeckers, but just as I got in range he flew away. Then I open your site and there he is!

Thérèse said...

A terrific picture Julie!

Jarart said...

Cool looking bird and cactus!

Tracy said...

That is a great picture of the woodpecker. I just love their markings. I had one visiting me over the winter. I can still hear him now, but he rarely stops by anymore.

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The bird's got a wonderful pattern. Nice shot.

JM said...

This is such a beautiful photo! Great capture indeed, Julie!

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