Green-crowned Brilliant, making a dominance display to another male

Simply Brilliant


WC’s desktop computer is in the shop for repairs. Which means WC is working from his laptop right now. After a 27 inch screen, it’s hard to make do with 13 inches. So you get an abbreviated post the next few days. WC will try to make it up to his readers by starting with…

Crimson-mantled Woodpecker, Lower Manu Road, Peru

A Peck of Woodpeckers


Here are some shots of random Peruvian woodpeckers. There were about 24 species of woodpeckers in the areas we birded; we saw ten species. Note the nest cavity below the bird. Yes, it was active. In fact, we found several active nest cavities. Woodpeckers are highly specialized. Their bills and heads are designed to hammer…