Peck and peek
The haunting cry of the black woodpecker echoed through the forest. Carlos silently willed the bird to come closer to the hide, where there were feeders. It soon landed on a trunk right in front of him, poking its head out every so often. ‘I just love its funny expression,’ he says.
Known for its clumsy flight and the hammering sound of its bill against tree trunks, the black woodpecker is the largest woodpecker in Europe. Its powerful bill can drill deep to dig out wood-boring grubs and create nesting chambers. When abandoned, these hollows provide valuable homes for other birds and mammals.
Nikon 7100; 150-500mm f5-6.3 Sigma lens at 500mm; 1/250 sec at f6.3; ISO 640.
Sign up to receive emails from the Natural History Museum about events and exhibitions, including Wildlife Photographer of the Year.
Carlos Perez Naval, Spain
Carlos has been taking photographs since he was five. He has won prizes in Spain, Italy and France, and was named Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year in 2014. He loves nature and spends as much time as possible photographing the plants and animals near his home in Spain.