Copyright © 2017 by Ali Bernie Buga-ay, all rights reserved. Greater Flameback (male): this photograph may not be used without permission.

The Greater Flameback is a woodpecker which is also known as Greater Goldenback, Large Golden-backed Woodpecker, and the Malherbe’s Golden-Backed Woodpecker. It is found widely in the Indian subcontinent, eastwards to southern China, the Malay Peninsula, Sumatra, western and central Java, northeast Borneo, and Thailand.

In Kaeng Krachan National Park, especially at Km 9, they come in pairs as they peck on the bark of the trees for some delicious goodies nature has to offer and it it amusing to watch them fly from one tree to the other, pecking from bottom to the top. One can’t miss them at this area in which they appear in the early hours of the morning and in the afternoon again beginning at 2:00 o’ clock until dusk. Early evening at about 6:00 o’ clock, they come and peck on trees next to the paved road until dark, it is a spectacle to watch.

Kaeng Krachan National Park, Thailand
June 24, 2017
Nikon D500 + Nikkor 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR
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