Downy Woodpecker feeding time

© Maureen M. Bisson

Downy Woodpecker feeding time

Uploaded: June 24, 2012


Daddy Downy Woodpecker (on the left) had just fed some suet to his fledgling when I captured this out-of-the-ordinary 'saliva-pulling' that happened. Apparently the Downy's tongue is long and barbed and they have extra sticky saliva, all for capturing insects. When Daddy closed his beak after feeding some suet to his youngster, his tongue & beak trapped some saliva from the fledge and this is the result.

Captured June 18th 2012 at my home.

Exif: F Number: 5, Exposure Bias Value: 0.00, ExposureTime: 1/30 seconds, Flash: did not fire, compulsory flash mode, ISO: 800, White balance: Auto white balance, FocalLength: 61.23 mm, Model: Canon PowerShot SX40 HS


Michelle Alton June 25, 2012

This is a spectacular and gorgeous image.

I saw this phenomenon with a "father and son" red-bellied woodpecker. But it wasn't composed this nicely by THAT pair. You took great advantage of their pose with your DOF. #1471136

Ann Coates level-classic June 25, 2012

Fascinating capture and information. #10199525

Maureen M. Bisson June 27, 2012

Thank you for your time and your kind comments Michelle & Ann. Michelle, I am delighted you have seen this phenomenon in person too! #10203504

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