During a late morning visit to my local patch I initially spent some time with the young ducklings and goslings around the pond (subjects for a future post) and as I entered the woodland edge I heard the distinctive, constant calls of begging Great Spotted Woodpeckers (Dendrocopus major).
It took a moment or two, due to the density of the verdant foliage, but here is the nest hole from which the sounds emanated. I know from experience that they are very wary at breeding time and because of the nest position it was difficult to find a location far enough away but close enough to get some reasonable images
The sexes are very similar but the male (above) sports a red patch at the back of its head. He was very vocal, constantly calling out that short, sharp 'kick .. kick' and often perched deeper in the wood beyond the nest hole.
Typically the adults slowly approach closer to the nest hole, more often perching out of view and then working their way around the tree constantly looking and listening out for possible predators.
The female (below) was less obvious around the nest but this image illustrates the difference in the head pattern and the amount of food being consumed by her young ones.
Linking to WILD BIRD WEDNESDAY.