If You Go Down To The Woods Today Listen Out For Go-Donk

Go-Donk is the noise made by this spectacular woodpecker, usually "Go-Donk, Go-Donk".

Many years ago I watched a TV series about The Andes, the mountain chain running right down the west of South America, where the mountains met the sea, "Go-Donk" could be heard echoing through the forest. Sir David Attenborough had two rocks and bashed them on a tree trunk, "Go-Donk", pause, "Go-Donk" again. The noise was answered, "Go-Donk" pause, "Go-Donk" again! A huge scarlet headed woodpecker whooshed into frame! Oh wow! Sir David had found his bird the mighty and rather comical Magellanic Woodpecker.

Fast forward a lot of years and we were stood in the forest perhaps not far from where Sir David had stood and whoosh in flew a fantastic male Magellanic Woodpecker and went "Go-Donk", pause, "Go-Donk" and we didn't even call it in! This wonderful bird allowed us the privalage of watching it feed just feet away, just fantastic.

Get your hands on the latest issue of Birdwatching Magazine and find out more about the "Go-Donk" bird.

Ruth's latest monthly article in Birdwatching Magazine tells the full story.

We enjoyed point-blank views of this most wanted woody and what a joy to watch it!

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