While exploring Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma, I had the pleasure of capturing a photo of a female Downy Woodpecker perched near the auto tour road. Downy Woodpeckers are known for their friendly and approachable nature, which makes them a favorite among nature photographers. Despite being so close to the bird, I couldn’t manage to get her entire body in the frame of my camera, but I was still thrilled with the resulting shot.

Close-Up Shot of Female Downy Woodpecker

Close-Up Shot of Female Downy Woodpecker

These small woodpeckers are quite common in eastern Oklahoma, and their distinctive black and white feathers, along with their small size, make them easy to identify. They are frequently spotted in woodlands, parks, and even in residential areas, often tapping on trees in search of insects. Their friendly nature and willingness to come close to humans make them a favorite among birdwatchers and photographers alike. In addition, their vital role in maintaining the health of forest ecosystems makes them an important species to protect and preserve for future generations to enjoy.

I photographed a female Downy Woodpecker with a Beetle back on January 23, 2023. I’m wondering if this is the same bird. It was in the same area.

I had my camera and lens set up on a bean bag, which I had draped over the open window of my truck.

Gear Used:

  • Camera: Canon EOS R7
  • Lens: RF 800mm F11 IS STM


  • Location: Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge (Oklahoma)
  • Date and Time Taken: February 13, 2023 (09:53 A. M.)
  • Exposure Mode: Manual
  • Aperture: f11 (Fixed)
  • Shutter speed: 1/2000
  • ISO: 1250 (Auto)
  • Focal Length: 800 mm (Fixed)