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Lewis's woodpecker        Images © Mark A. Chappell

Lewis's woodpecker is a fairly large woodpecker with an unusual glossy green-black and pink plumage  Adults are quite pinkish underneath; juveniles are less colorful.   They often live in loose social groups in open woodlands, and sometimes can be seen hawking insects from a perch high in an oak or sycamore tree.  These birds were at the Santa Rosa Plateau, near Temecula, at Santee Lakes, and the San Jacinto Wildlife Area, all in southern California. and in Paradise, Arizona.

  • Canon 10D, 1D3, 1D4, or R5; 500 mm f4 IS lens plus 2X converter or 800 mm IS lens plus 1.4X converter or 2X converter; fill-in flash (2004, 2008, 2012, 2021, 2022)