The woodpecker family
We have a family of woodpeckers - noisy, colourful creatures. And the adults are currently busy round the clock getting food for their young. These photos catch the woodpeckers in profile as they prepare to enter the nest (a hole in a tree), and bottom right as an adult emerges from the hole..
The recently hatched woodpeckers are not yet visible but they tweet incessantly - by my reckoning, a million monotone chirrups a week. I suspect the youngsters operate a relay system - taking it in turns to remind their parents that they are hungry, and waiting for a juicy grub or two.
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