I normally do not show three pictures of the same bird, but there are always exceptions especially when it comes to a bird I’ve been trying to capture for years. A gorgeous male Pileated Woodpecker was spotted almost immediately when I entered the park. Could it really be this easy when I’ve been “hunting” for this bird forever, or so it seems?
And! Regardless of how long I and another photographer stood there, shooting to our hearts’ content, this bird did not budge. There had to have been some pretty juicy insects in the excavation holes. I was stunned that a bird who is normally very hesitant to be seen by the human eye, didn’t seem bothered at all with two humans close by.
Who knows when I will come across a Pileated Woodpecker again so for this reason alone, this guy gets three spotlights on my blog. Another fascinating feature about this event, I saw a Red Tail Hawk flying overhead while this woodpecker was eating. Later that same day I had a conversation with a young man who told me when I boasted (yep sure did!) that I captured the elusive Pileated Woodpecker, he has observed Red Tail Hawks flying overhead every instance he has seen one of these woodpeckers. I’m curious now what the connection is and why this is so. There is always a reason.
As for this picture and the next one, this will give you an idea where the red-headed woodpecker resides. It looks a lot colder then it actually was that day. It was however, a rather bleak grey day. I was surprised to see how high my shutter speed was without any sun. It must have been the light bouncing off the snow that affected my shutter speed.
Well, hope you enjoyed my pictures for today. Know that you will probably not see this woodpecker again for a while, unless that is, I get lucky. I did not jazz my last two pictures up as I wished for you to really see the environment that not only do I walk in but is the home of my featured bird today. As I stated, Pileated Woodpeckers to my knowledge are very elusive. That will not stop me from looking though.
Er, just letting all of you know that yes I am the author of everything that is contained on this blog unless otherwise noted. Comments such as, “Wow! Did you write that? It’s beautiful!” will end up in the trash bin. I did get a pretty good laugh out of that comment so I thank who wrote it.
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Photography/ “Gotcha” / Dec. 2019©AmyRose Photography