Showdown at Cooper's Pond
between a Red-Bellied Woodpecker
and a Chipmunk
May 2016

Given the speed and the in-your-face behavior of a chipmunk, I would have expected a relatively small bird, such as a red-bellied woodpecker to give way to a chipmunk.

The reversed occurred.

Thus, enter the chipmunk while the red-bellied woodpecker was selecting food.

Red-bellied woodpecker and chipmunk
  The red-bellied woodpecker immediately assumed an action-threat posture.
Red-bellied woodpecker and chipmunk
  A microsecond later, the chipmunk fled for its life and . . .
Red-bellied woodpecker and chipmunk
  . . . left the woodpecker victorious.
Victorious red-bellied woodpecker
  It's difficult to anticipate animal behavior.

Photo note: I used a Pentax K3, with the SMC-DA* 60-250mm lens for these photos.

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