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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   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, and at Santee Lakes, both in southern California.   Since the birds stayed high in the branches, all of these images were taken from suboptimal positions (looking up at a steep angle).

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