A special treat to capture any woodpecker in the deep
wild forest that has not seen people.
A special treat to encounter a male Hairy Woodpecker in the deep forest. These birds are very shy in their natural environment. I was fortunate to see (hear) this one without it seeing me and that the auto-focus stayed locked on through the dense cover. The Hairy Woodpecker is almost identical to the Downy Woodpecker except considerably larger and with a thicker bill. The Downy's (who were also present this morning) often announce their presence with calls, the Hairy's generally do not, you just hear them knocking on wood!