Nature clicks #71 - Red-bellied Woodpecker

Red-bellied Woodpecker
Nikon D300s, Sigma 50-500mm / f4.5-6.3 APO DG HSM

The Red-bellied Woodpecker is one out of six species of the woodpecker family we have seen here so far around our house. Tall old trees and quite a bit of dead wood around here provide an ideal habitat for the woodpeckers. Especially in the winter they come close to the house and to the feeders but they are very shy. They fly away as soon someone opens a door or a window. With other words, it is hard to make a good picture of them from a close distance.

This picture of this female Red-bellied Woodpecker was made through the glass of our balcony door today. I knew I would have missed this opportunity if I had tried to open the door just even slightly. It may soften the image a little but I don't think the result is too bad. I'm glad I made the click...