Woodpecker eggs hatch by Michael Quinton/Minden (4 images)

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Seven hungry newly-hatched chicks open their beaks as widely as possible as a male woodpecker takes a peek at his young. The Northern Flicker, part of the woodpecker family, chose a dead spruce tree for its nest, which was around 10ft high.

Though blind and without their feathers, this descent of woodpeckers will soon grow to look just like their beautiful father - with black bars on their backs and wings and an exceptionally bright yellow under their tail and underwings.
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