Woodpeckers and Woodcreepers.
Naturally in a huge forest there are many varieties of woodpeckers and woodcreepers. Being a fairly new bird watcher and enthusiast, I had heard them, but could not place the bird with the call. Once I got to recognise the call and the bird together, my hand would fly to my camera and I would go looking, knowing I was in for a treat.
Often very high on trees surrounding the lodge, the woodpeckers and woodcreepers were not easy to photograph, but I managed to get one or two.
The reddish brown, Long billed Wood Creeper perched on a palm tree in front of the lodge. It clung to the trunk of the palm which had spiteful, sharp spikes. Fortunately the wood-creepers long beak enabled it to search for insects without getting impaled or blinded.
The woodcreeper was a large bird, with a lattice pattern on the back of its head, which appeared to extend under its chin like a collar. It had a creamy white chin and beak.
It was a regular visitor, as was a beautiful White Woodpecker which always avoided my camera. It, too, favoured the palm trees and could be seen pulling long strands of dead palm leaves from the tree. To get at the insects or for nesting, I couldn’t figure out.
The smaller Yellow-tufted Woodpeckers, black with yellow cap and eye circles, red bellies, and decurved beaks, were photographed behind the lodge by a friend who lay quietly on the ground. He invited me to join him, but as I’d seen a Feu de Lance curled there one morning, I declined.
A very striking woodpecker was one that is named either a Powerful Woodpecker or a Lineated Woodpecker. A large, predominantly black bird with a white stripe from eye to wing, spreading under and above its wings. What was most appealing about it was its wonderful red Mohican head crest. It looked so dramatic.
I tend to think it looks more like a Powerful Woodpecker, though according to bird books they are not seen in the Brazilian Rainforest. But as some bird books I have read have also denied Saffron Finches as inhabitants of my area of forest and I know differently, there is always a doubt. Comments welcome.
Long-billed Woodcreeper Scientific name: Nasica longirostris
Powerful Woodpecker Scientific name: Campephilus pollens
Lineated Woodpecker Scientific name: Dryocopus lineatus