White Woodpecker

White Woodpecker, Piaui State, BrazilI loved the look of this bird when I first saw a few of them in Brazil a few years back. The yellow eye patch against the white feathers is very distinctive. Citrus farmers are also very fond of these birds, but probably not because of the eye patch. Rather, they eat the irapuá bee which is a pest to citrus fruits.
Nikon D300 with Nikkor 200-400mm lens (at 400mm) ISO 1600, f/4 at 1/1000th of a second

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  1. Sue March 8, 2017 at 11:42 pm #

    Had no idea there was a woodpecker with such hues – thanks for shining a light on this for us, Sean!

  2. michael h March 9, 2017 at 1:26 am #

    I didt know their was white wood peckers, ? ) great pic. keep -up the good work.

  3. Rachel Bellenoit March 9, 2017 at 10:07 am #

    Great! Best eye shadow application I’ve ever seen on a bird.

  4. Peter Butterfield March 9, 2017 at 12:57 pm #

    —– Eye of maize and blue
    —– Fiercely wields crusted tool and
    —– Sambas with the bees .

  5. Karen Rose March 9, 2017 at 1:47 pm #

    What a beautiful bird it looks like Yang and yang with a dash of yellow gorgeous and I concur with everybody else I’ve never known there was a white woodpecker thanks for sharing your knowledge