Here’s Woody, the Woodpecker

Whenever I see woodpeckers, I am reminded of the Woody, the Woodpecker cartoons that I used to see when I was a child growing up.  As I remember it, though, I believe Woody was a Pileated Woodpecker.  These pictures that I have here today are of a Ladder-backed Woodpecker.  The male, I photographed yesterday morning.  Both images of the female I captured earlier today.  All were at San Angelo State Park in San Angelo, Texas.  Enjoy the photos, and as usual, click on any of them to see enlargements.

Ladder-backed Woodpecker - male

Ladder-backed Woodpecker - female

Ladder-backed Woodpecker - female spreading her wings

Happy Birding!!

23 thoughts on “Here’s Woody, the Woodpecker

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    • Thanks for commenting, Linda. I live in a little patio home, and have no room for a real back-yard bird habitat, except for one feeder. I spend most of my time at San Angelo State Park, and as a membaer of the “Friends” I and my wife care for the bird blind, and do much bird photography. It is convenient as it is only 3 miles from home. We have Ladder-backs\ed and Golden-fronted Woodpeckers, as our predominant woodpecker species.



  2. How wonderful that you caught him with his prize in his beak. I really love the last one of the female showing off the very attractive patterning on the underside of her wings.

  3. Thanks for bookmarking me! 🙂

    The colors in your photos (esp the red of the woodpecker & the blue of the sky) are so vibrant & beautiful!

  4. The woodpecker is one of my favourite birds Bob, and reminds me of those cartoons on TV when I was a kid. He always looked so comical to me, I loved him!
    Once again, you have produced some stunning photos!

    • Thanks, Barb. I agree. Those cartoon woodpeckers of by-gone years were pretty funny. But there is an Acorn Woodpecker that lives a little further west of me that is a riot to look at. Maybe soon I will put up a picture of it. 🙂


  5. Very impressive – especially the last photo!! Whenever I hear about Woody Woodpecker, I’m reminded of when I did a book report long ago on Mel Blanc (the voice of Woody). He actually came up with the laugh when he was in school, he would skip down the hallways laughing like that, and later decided to use it!

  6. Bob, your photos are just so beautiful and the shots you capture are stunning. While I like the male woodpecker for it’s colours, the female spreading her wings against such a blue sky is my favourite of the three here. 🙂

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