WPY 2018

Photograph Details

Highly commended 2018

Behaviours Birds

Oliver Richter, Germany

The Antpecker

Oliver camouflaged his camera close to an ant nest before retreating with the wireless remote. A pair of Eurasian wrynecks approached and began unearthing pupae in their pale cocoons, feeding them tirelessly to their hungry young nearby. Oliver captured the precise moment one bird retrieved a pupa on the tip of its sticky tongue.

Eurasian wrynecks are a type of woodpecker, but instead of powerful bills to make holes in wood, these birds have shorter, more slender beaks suited to plucking. They use their incredibly long tongues to pick out pupae and ants from deep holes or underground and are armed with a sticky saliva.

Technical specification

Canon EOS 5D Mark III + 17–40mm f4 lens at 24mm; 1/1000 sec at f10; ISO 800; Yongnuo remote trigger

Grimma, Saxony, Germany: latitude 51.2992, longitude 12.696836 Grimma, Saxony, Germany: latitude 51.2992, longitude 12.696836

Grimma, Saxony, Germany

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Oliver Richter

Oliver Richter, Germany

Oliver is an enthusiastic wildlife photographer and is passionate about the nature surrounding his home.