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Sunday, 7 January 2018

Two male Green woodpeckers menacing each other this morning in a Surrey garden in the UK.

This morning two Green woodpeckers were alternatively swaying and moving their heads from side to side one after the other in a face off, which lasted long enough for me to grab my camera from upstairs and shoot a few burst pictures at perhaps 30m. distance from an upstairs window in a Surrey garden.

Was it a male and female in a courtship ritual?
A close examination of the pictures above (shown below) reveals that both are males: characterised by red moustaches -- females have black ones.  See
This behaviour then is a sort of harmless "shadow boxing" to establish a territorial hierarchy perhaps.

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This sequence has been incorporated into my illustrated talk, "The natural year in focus" detailed at

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