This handsome male Red-bellied Woodpecker was working over a tree outside our window yesterday, and clearly he needed his portrait taken:
OK, I see a faint wash of reddish-pink on his belly, and I love his blushing cheeks and breast as well. But of course the feature that really stands out is that brilliant flame-red cap. What an awesome color:
He also spent some time perched on a nearby branch, looking as puffy as I've ever seen a woodpecker. From this angle, I can almost imagine I'm looking at some strangely-outfitted finch:
But no, that's a woodpecker all right:
Thanks for the photo shoot, handsome bird! It's definitely great to have these guys around.