A first for me, a red-headed woodpecker. Driving through Custer State Park, South Dakota one morning last week, I was on the lookout for wildlife but mainly focusing on mammals. As I turned a corner, up in a tree, a bright red spot caught my attention.
Training my camera on it, I was happy to see this absolutely gorgeous bird. It was very kind and let me snap a number of pictures of it before taking flight into the forest. That plumage was absolutely beautiful.