Mar 26, 2024 - Culture

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A close-up image of a woodpecker with its beak pointed upward.

A female ladder-backed woodpecker. Photo: Courtesy of Eric Burson Photography

Photographer Eric Burson shared this photo of a female ladder-backed woodpecker at Pedernales Falls State Park.

Details: Ladder-backed woodpeckers can be found in Central Texas year-round — usually nesting in dry habitats.

  • Males can be identified with a red cap on their crowns and alternating black and white stripes running along their backs, while females are generally smaller with a longer beak.

Burson photographed the bird while visiting Austin earlier this month with his fiancée, Axios Des Moines reporter Linh Ta.

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