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Hispaniolan Woodpeckers

Posted by bonesaw on June 28, 2013 at 9:21 am
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Part of my job working as a field assistant for the Hispaniolan Woodpecker project is conducting lots and lots of behavioral observations. Many of the Royal Palm trees we watch are covered in cavities, which leads to an incredible amount of social interaction. Some birds are breeders while others take on the role of the floater, scouring the area in search of cavities. Sometimes floater birds stray a little too close to occupied cavities, and as a result are not greeted too kindly. Here two male woodpeckers fight while a female watches.

June 6th, 2013 Piedra Blanca, Dominican Republic
Canon 5D 400mm