Wicked Cool Woodpeckers – Birder of the Year #3

We saw lots of wonderful woodpeckers on our WildBird Birder Of The Year Costa Rica Trip. (My continued and sincere gratitude and thanks to Swarovski Optik and WildBird!)
Woodpeckering in Costa Rica is an exciting event. I’m used to birding in the wide open spaces of Colorado and other nearby states, which allows me to be able to look at birds with my head facing forward. Not so in Costa Rica! Your face must be pointed UP to see most of these guys. I mean up as in directly-overhead-way-up-there kind of up.

Below is a lovely, cooperative Pale-billed Woodpecker in Carara National Park who needed time to preen and we just happened to be near where he was doing that. Look at that head!

I loved this shot of him that shows both eyes.
Here he is busily preening his feathers.
We spotted this clown-faced Acorn woodpecker on the grounds of the Savegre Mountain Lodge. It had been many years since I’ve seen one of these.
Al loved the woodpeckers and was quite good at spotting them.
As we walked down the road of the La Selva Biological Station we had a plethora of woodpeckers in a very short time. Black-cheeked, Hairy, the stunning Chestnut-colored Woodpecker, a grand Lineated Woodpecker shown below and one more..
Now this beautiful bird landed in such a way as to not reveal himself much. I was so thankful for an incredible guide who not only was a great birder, but fun to be with. Had I had to look every bird up in a guide as I saw it, I would have missed so much! Thanks Alex for doing such a great job. This is a Rufous-winged Woodpecker.
Now showing me that lovely head.
Our last woodpecker of the trip was a Hoffmann’s Woodpecker, near the Mangrove Forest just of Playa Azul. He gave us some great looks.
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3 Responses to Wicked Cool Woodpeckers – Birder of the Year #3

  1. Christopher says:

    Wow wow wow – I am just seething with jealousy! Great trip & fantastic pics of these gorgeous birds. Thanks for sharing them!

  2. DaveABirding says:

    Not a Flicker in the bunch! Very cool birds.

  3. dAwN says:

    Congrats on winning the trip..How exciting that must have been!

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