Red Bellied Woodpecker #2
The distant drumming of a woodpecker is another of my favorite sounds, especially in early spring. The photo is, I believe, an adult male Red-bellied, taken as he climbs a tree. Wood peckers are a great example of adaptation and evolution. The bird’s heads withstand deceleration forces up to 1200g, while ‘pecking’. Humans suffer concussions at 80g. The woodpecker’s skulls have evolved into anatomical shock absorbers, a critical need for an animal that literally spend his life banging his head against a tree.