Woodpeckers are known as specialized tree climbers, but they have also an awesome way of flying.
I usually see woodpeckers on tree trunks chiseling their way to find their food (sweet sap, insects or larvae's). After noticing that the tree doesn't have much to offer they move to the next one. From time to time they are 'forced' to take a longer flight. When they do so they combine their wing flapping with some smooth gliding in mid air.
On one occasion I managed to take a couple of pictures of this way of traveling.
This Lineated Woodpecker (Dryocopus lineatus) had to cover a lot of distance before reaching the next tree (over the airstrip). In the first 3 pictures you can see how it first flies like any other bird, but watch the next pictures below.
Here it changed into a speeding bullet. Gliding in mid air with its wings close to its body. This gives it the possibility to move faster.
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