Subharghya Das


Yellow-crowned Woodpecker © Subharghya Das

Yellow-crowned Woodpecker
(Dendrocopos mahrattensis)



Image details
1/1600 sec, f/5.6; E/V -1/3; ISO 400
Canon 40D, Canon 300mm f2.8 IS plus 2xTC
Location: B R Hills, Karnataka
Date: 29 March  2008

Shoot details
We were traveling through the reserve forest of B R Hills when we came across a lot of bird activity around our car. Lots of insects were flying and jumping around and different species of birds were feasting on them. One of these species was this Yellow Crowned Woodpecker. We followed it from one tree to another and then it caught this huge cricket. Surprisingly it didn't ate it instantly, instead it held it in it's beak for sometime and that gave us the opportunity to freeze this beautiful moment.

Species details
The Yellow-crowned is a widespread pied woodpecker which favours a dry and open habitat. The 18cm male is pictured here. The female lacks  red in the crown and ventral area.

A Birds of India presentation


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