Today, I’m thrilled to share a photograph I captured during one of my wildlife photography adventures right here in Arkansas. Join me as we delve into the fascinating world of a beautiful adult Red-bellied Woodpecker, which graciously posed for a profile head shot at my bird feeder in my own backyard.

Up Close with an Arkansas Red-bellied Woodpecker

Up Close with an Arkansas Red-bellied Woodpecker

A Perfect Bird Photography Setup:
In the world of wildlife photography, having a great setup is crucial to capturing stunning images. Fortunately, I’ve created a wonderful setup in my yard that allows me to capture mesmerizing moments of our avian friends. To accomplish this, I’ve strategically positioned myself on my deck, which is conveniently located near the bird feeder and the birdbath.

Eye-Level Encounters:
One of the advantages of my setup is that my deck sits low to the ground. This means that when I photograph the birds, I can position myself at eye level with these remarkable creatures. Being able to photograph them from this perspective creates an intimate connection, allowing me to capture their unique personalities up close.

Frequent Guests: The Red-bellied Woodpeckers:
Among the many avian visitors to my bird feeder, the Red-bellied Woodpeckers are a regular presence. These vibrant and lively birds often grace my yard with their presence. What’s even more remarkable is that they don’t seem to mind my presence as I capture their photographs. They carry on with their activities, seemingly aware but unfazed by my nearby presence.

A Journey Through My Blog Posts:
Over the past several months, I’ve been fortunate to witness and document many moments shared with these captivating woodpeckers. In my blog, I’ve chronicled these encounters and shared a collection of photographs that showcase their stunning beauty. I invite you to explore these posts to delve deeper into the world of Red-bellied Woodpeckers:

Red-bellied Woodpecker On Driftwood
Red-bellied Woodpecker With An Almond
Red-bellied Woodpecker Fledgling Being Fed

As a wildlife photographer, I feel incredibly grateful to have the opportunity to observe and capture the intricate details of nature’s wonders. Today’s photo of the Red-bellied Woodpecker is a testament to the beauty that surrounds us, even in our own backyards. Through my blog posts, I aim to share my passion for wildlife photography and inspire others to appreciate the natural world that surrounds them. So, grab your camera and embark on your own adventure to witness the breathtaking beauty of nature up close!

Steve Creek
Wildlife Photographer

Equipment Used:

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

Technical Details:

  • Location:Lavaca, Arkansas
  • Date and Time Taken: July 7, 2023 (09:25 A. M.)
  • Exposure Mode: Manual
  • Aperture: f11
  • Shutter speed: 1/1000
  • ISO: 1200 (Auto)
  • Exp. Comp.: 0
  • Focal Length: 800 mm