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James Tyrrell


James had hardly touched a camera when he came to Londolozi, but his writing skills that complemented his Honours degree in Zoology meant that he was quickly snapped up by the Londolozi blog team. An environment rich in photographers helped him develop the ...

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on Cardinal Woodpecker Nest Discovered

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Callum Evans
Master Tracker

Amazing find!!!!

Mary Beth Wheeler
Master Tracker

Lovely series of detailed pictures, John!

Marinda Drake
Master Tracker

Great sighting. We have quite a few cardinal woodpeckers in the garden, but I have never seen them nesting.

Mara Gonzaga

As a birdies I enjoy this blog entry very much. As a matter of fact little Fiona and I we are getting ready to start our once a month walk to the Central Park and early this afternoon to see April the Giraffe for the last time this season. We hope you will update us on the status of the nest. Have a good day.

Joan Schmiidt
Master Tracker

James, great photos, especially the one feeding the little bird!

Doug Hammerich
Digital Tracker

Gorgeous bird.

Wendy Macnicol
Digital Tracker

Delightful article and pics. Thanks James. Are the Cardinal Woodpeckers immigrants from overseas? Or locals?

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

Incredible sequence of photos by John of this beautiful little woodpecker and his chick. Another great learning experience for those of us not familiar with the bird world.

Dina Petridis
Senior Digital Ranger

maybe hang a camera trap ??

Jennifer Horne

James those photos are amazing. Hollows for nests are becoming a rarity in Sydney so your woodpecker is very lucky. Bird numbers for those species needing hollows for nests, such as the Laughing Kookaburra, are declining due to the lack of old trees with hollows. Can you follow up on the chick’s progress at a later date? Perhaps when it’s a fledgling?

Leonie De Young
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A nice blog James and John certainly did a great job of taking the series of pics of this beautiful bird. I have a downy woodpecker pair that come to my suet feeder and they are pretty birds. We have a similar woodpecker here with the same markings but they are far larger. They are called pileated woodpeckers. Thank you both for sharing this with us.

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