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Crimson-bellied woodpecker        Images © Mark A. Chappell

Several large woodpeckers occur in neotropical forests; this is the crimson-bellied woodpecker, and inhabitant of mid-altitude cloud forests in the Andes.   It is quite rare and often missed by even the most expert birders, so I was pleased to see these birds (an adult with red belly and a juvenile with mostly black belly).   They were photographed at about 1500 m elevation along the Manu Road in southeastern Peru on a drizzly morning, so some of the images have a bluish 'foggy' color cast.

  • Canon 1D4, 800 mm IS lens plus 1.4X extender, fill-in flash (2014)