Image Of the Week #4: Potteric Carr Nature Reserve – Great Spotted Woodpecker

Potteric Carr Nature Reserve is situated a couple of miles from Doncaster town centre and belongs to The Yorkshire Wildlife Trust . A very large reserve offering diverse habitat including lakes, marshland & woodland. I have spent many a good day their with the camera, and it also a great place for the family. The trust hold lots of events for children in the summer. For those interested you can check out the Potteric Carr Blog for an up-to-date list of all the sightings on the reserve.

Back in March 2009 I took  along a Canon 5D along with the 500mm f4L lens and 1.4x extender which I had hired for the weekend. After walking the reserve for a good couple of hours I stumbled across a fellow photographer who informed me of the sighting of a Great Spotted Woodpecker from one of the many hides situated at the reserve. I thought it would be worth walking to the hide & try my luck.  After sitting in the hide for around 30 minutes my walk was rewarded when this fellow came along to feed from the sap on the silver birch. The light was quite harsh at the time, with the sun fairly low so I fired off numerous shots at different exposures, this being my favourite of the bunch.

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For photographers: The exposure was 1/250th@f5.6 ISO 400