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Japan Photo Journal: Peckish

(Mainichi/Taichi Kaizuka)

A black woodpecker is seen taking care of its young in a forest in the Ishikari Mountains, in Japan's northernmost prefecture of Hokkaido, on June 10, 2019. The chicks burst out of their nest, a hole excavated in a pine tree, upon hearing the echo of their parent's call. When it reached them, the two young birds could be seen scrambling to be fed first. Designated a national treasure, the black woodpecker is the largest species of woodpecker in Japan, and known for the distinct red plumage it sports on its head.

    (Japanese original by Taichi Kaizuka, Hokkaido Photo Group)

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