The Red-bellied Woodpecker, Melanerpes carolinus, is a pretty common woodpecker throughout the region. I have a hard time catching them at a decent angle since they are usually high up in one of our pine trees, but this one happened to pose for me in a maple tree only about 30 feet up. This one is a male, differentiated from the female by the red going over the top of his head, where the female just has red on the nape of the neck. The name is derived from a faint red belly, but it is often so faint as to seem white or ivory colored.
I am a rank amateur birdwatcher and avid amateur bird photographer living near Conway, NC. Being retired allows me plenty of time to devote to the hobby/obsession. Most of my bird shots are taken in our yard near Burnt Bridges. I shoot with a Nikon D300 and D200 using the 500mm f/4 and 200-400mm f/4 VR lenses. The 500mm lives on a Wimberley head on a sturdy carbon fiber tripod. I have recently, June, 2012, purchased a 600mm Nikon f/4 which is now my main birding lens.