I managed to get a couple of pictures of a Woodpecker today. They are not particularly good photos - taken hurriedly at fairly long range, and without the benefit of a tripod. These photos I am posting are zoomed, so they look very grainy. But there is no doubt about it, they are of a Greater Spotted Woodpecker.
My "British Birds - A Field Guide" book tells me that this was a male. The female lacks the red bar on the nape of its neck, which you can just about make out in the next photo.
This bird is not particularly rare, but it is very mobile and very shy, and thus quite difficult to photograph. I see them in my garden every couple of months or so. I hear them more often. They hammer on the trees with their bills, and the noise can be very loud.
This one sat in the Maple tree in my garden for five minutes or so, changing position frequently as it searched for grubs, and I had to open the door very gently to avoid frightening him off.