Yaffle

Posted by on Sep 15, 2020 in Photo-a-Day September 2020 | No Comments
Carved stone woodpecker ornament on building wall

15/30 in my September photo-a-day.

I spotted this woodpecker on a wall on Sion Hill when I was up in Clifton Village yesterday, but he was a fair way away and I only had the X100 with me, so it was hard to get a good picture. I went back today with the 6D and a 135mm prime to do it some justice.

Trivia: It’s only since I started doing crosswords that I realised Professor Augustus Barclay Yaffle’s name wasn’t entirely made up: “yaffle” or “yaffingale” is a late 18th century word for the green woodpecker, “imitative of its call”, according to the Oxford Dictionary of English…

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