Monday, August 8, 2011

Pileated Woodpecker

I happened to look out the window a few days ago and realized the pileated woodpecker male was just off the yard on the edge of the woods tearing a fallen log apart looking for bugs.  That is one of their characteristics to keep in mind if you are looking for them - they are just as likely to be on or near the ground as they are to be high in the forest canopy.  It is difficult to get good shots of them when the trees are leafed out, since leaves always seem to be blocking some part of them.  I shot this handheld through a window with a telephoto I usually put on a tripod.  It is the next best thing to not getting any shot.  But, one of these days, the planets will align...

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