So, I just pounded my head on the side of a tree to get some bugs to peek out of their hiding place then, Zap! I snag one with my tongue and there’s a mid-day snack. The life of a woodpecker is so glamorous.
I don’t think I ever gave any thought to how a bird would snag a moving insect. Kind of thought it would be like the Karate Kid catching a fly with chopsticks. It’s more like an anteater burrowing into a termite mound but actually, the woodpecker’s tongue is like a spear with barbs on it. They impale their prey with the tongue and the barbs pull the insects out of their holes and into the bird’s mouth.
The wonders of nature are all around us. I love learning about this as part of my photographic journey.
(Melanerpes carolinus )
Alpharetta, Georgia, USA
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2
600mm @ f/8 – 1/15 sec – ISO 200