Down in Lapataia (where we spotted the pygmy owl) we searched for Magellanic woodpeckers in the forest and didn't have any luck. The males are large with a pointed crest, and have bright red heads and necks. But I found myself hoping I'd get to see a female. The black and red facial coloration was pretty cool, but nothing could top the Woody Woodpecker-like curly tuft of feathers on their heads.
It wasn't until we arrived at the Perito Moreno Glacier that we finally heard the woodpeckers. A male flew over us as we were driving in, and then as we were walking along the boardwalk to the glacier, a female was spotted up in a tree working away at the branches. We waited for a good half hour before she finally emerged, just for a few seconds, to pose for a picture.
Canon 40D, Canon 70-200mm IS
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