Red-headed woodpecker

Not the best angle but a new ‘lifer’ for this budding twitcher. My first photos of this lovely woodpecker

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A slightly better head turn would have capped this off, but that’s just a good excuse to go back. Excellent detail and good exposure on a classic woodpecker perch.

Lovely sticks in both! I think the sky is a bit intense in the first, and I’d consider cropping from the left to get rid of the brighter branch in the UL, then from the bottom to decenter the bird a little. The top of the “perch” is much more interesting than the bottom.

In the second, I’d love to see the bird bigger, with more detail, but I love the darker gradient on the snag.