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29-JUN-2008 Peter Ericsson

Black-headed Woodpecker

Huay Kha Kaeng Wildlife Sanctuary, Utai Thani

This is a pretty Woodpecker, and yes, I say pretty, because this is the female. Most birders visiting Thailand miss this bird as it is hard to see outside of its habitat zone. It can be seen at the lower levels of Doi Inthanon but much more readily at Mae Ping National Park in the North which is located 2 hours South of DI. I don't get to visit that park very often though since it is so far away. I had heard that the Black-headed Woodpecker is found at Huay Kah Kaeng wildlife sanctuary in the province of Uthai Thani only a 3-4 hours drive from Bangkok. On my way back from visiting some destitute Burmese children in Mae Sot I made a point to go by.

The dry dipterocarp forest was in a healthy state and birds seemed to be everywhere. Stalking the WP who often fly around in small groups was not easy. I simply couldn't get any decent shots.
Then I found a group of them around the headquarters of the sanctuary and they were more accommodating. The birds have a very distinctive, undulating and yelping laughter. They show a bright red rump as they fly around.

I didn't get any good shots of the male with its bright red cap but that gives good enough reason to go back there sometime.

Canon EOS 350D ,400mm F5.6
1/640s f/5.6 at 400.0mm iso400 hide exif
Full EXIF Info
Date/Time29-Jun-2008 10:20:45
ModelCanon EOS 350D DIGITAL
Flash UsedNo
Focal Length400 mm
Exposure Time1/640 sec
ISO Equivalent400
Exposure Bias
White Balance
Metering Modepartial (6)
JPEG Quality
Exposure Programmanual (4)
Focus Distance

other sizes: small medium original auto
Dave Hawkins18-Apr-2010 04:50
Peter, This is Dave Hawkins wife, Laurie. This is one of the most beautiful woodpeckers I've ever seen. Also, thank you for the narratives. They are so interesting and informative. Kind regards,
Christophe Pampoulie24-Jan-2010 19:37
Excellent shot and nice explanation (test)¨¨
keith @ WorldBirds02-Mar-2009 19:14
Fabulous bird great shot, glad you still have your camera well oiled.
Wong Tsu Shi16-Jul-2008 04:54
Peter, I totally agree with you that this is indeed a beautiful Woodpecker.
Dave Hawkins01-Jul-2008 02:15
wonderful shot, another stunning photo
Tom Munson30-Jun-2008 03:14
This is outstanding, Peter. A beautiful bird.
Ghislaine et Réal Boulet30-Jun-2008 01:42
Beautiful. Perfect image.
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