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Woodpecker, Wexford. By Declan Roche

Woodpecker, Wexford. By Declan Roche

Feeding time for a woodpecker family in Wexford town. Pictures by Declan Roche

Feeding time for a woodpecker family in Wexford town. Pictures by Declan Roche

Feeding time for a woodpecker family in Wexford town. Pictures by Declan Roche

Feeding time for a woodpecker family in Wexford town. Pictures by Declan Roche

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Woodpecker, Wexford. By Declan Roche

Tap, tap, tap, tap, tap, tap, tap! Wondering what that drumming sound is at the bottom of the garden or high in the trees as you take a lockdown stroll?

It could be the Great Spotted Woodpecker, a bird once lost to Ireland whose numbers have been growing slowly but surely in pockets of the country in recent years.

Sightings of woodpeckers in Wexford town are rare; captures on camera rarer still. But local photographer Declan Roche was fortunate to snap these wonderful shots of the beautiful long-lost black, white and red birds near his home.