The first species of bird that I saw and heard the first evening in the Dominican Republic was this very colorful woodpecker. It’s called a Hispaniolan Woodpecker, and the only place in the world it can be found is the island of Hispaniola (Dominican Republic and Haiti).
For days, I observed them flying from palm tree to palm tree, too high to get any clear photos. They often would come together in groups of two to four, which is pretty uncommon for woodpeckers around here.
After two days, I found a spot at the resort where they hung around a little lower to photograph, and in some cases, eye level. I went to that spot nearly every morning before breakfast to see what I could capture.
To see the rest of the woodpecker photos, read on to see the full gallery.
Hispaniolan Woodpecker (Click Photos to Enlarge)