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  1. I gasped at this amazing photograph Amy. It’s so crystal clear and vivid. I love birds but we rarely see what we call s red headed woodpecker I all
    It’s glory. Such s wonderful shot. Your photography is unsurpassed!sending love stay warm 💜❤️🧤🧤

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    1. Aw, Holly, SO happy you “gasped”. My camera and lens I have now are unbeatable in quality, IMO. I was amazed how this Pileated Woodpecker just didn’t scare. It was such JOY to be able to capture this bird that is quite elusive. Have a great day!! xo

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  2. I’m glad you shared the three pictures, Amy. I love how the second and third ones show off the pattern of his feathers. The pattern is perfect and amazing! Managing light when there’s snow on the ground is challenging. I remember my daughter trying to teach me how to use “manual” mode on my camera after we had hiked to a waterfall. So many things to consider. You do well. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Dan, I must have shot about 100 frames. It was so cool scrolling through them as I watched this bird skirt this tree. I could have shown a LOT more, but picked out only three. As I told the photographer that was next to me, I may shoot too many frames, yet there is so much going on and sometimes you think you have a great shot, only to go home to see it is not perfectly clear. So I cover my tracks, so to speak. I find this woodpecker fascinating. His call is very sharp, very loud, and very distinctive.
      Manual mode …. that is how I shoot all the time. In the Summer when the leaves are driving me nuts as I shoot birds, I use AV. It takes a lot of practice to “know” where the EV should be. And yes there are so many things to consider. After years of shooting it becomes automatic where your settings should be. My 5D is so complicated I have to program it properly for the type of shooting I am doing, and if I forget (which I have) my shots are not what they could be.
      SO happy you enjoyed this bird. I am thrilled I was finally able to capture him properly. It’s only taken, let me see, 3 years? Perhaps 4. Have a great day!!!

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  3. The woodpecker is gorgeous! I used to have a woodpecker visit my home everyday. He must’ve been confused, because he would go at the metal vent pipe on my roof each morning. It sounded like a sheet metal worker on my roof.

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    1. I think so too, Rob! He’s big too, probably the biggest around this area. For years I’ve attempted to not only find him (I’ve heard his call many times) but to capture him too with my camera.
      As for the woodpecker you are describing, I agree he must have been confused. Too funny!! Have a great day!! xo

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  4. This woodpecker looks gorgeous, Amy 😀 Hurrah for you great camera and lens.
    I agree, your area doesn’t look much green any longer, instead very cold.
    Stay warm and take good care of yourself, dear friend.
    Much love to you ❤

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    1. Thank you, Irene! I’m patting myself on the back for finally capturing this elusive woodpecker. And no, there is not much green left here, only Evergreens. I am staying warm, thank you! I have to take care of myself especially in the cold. Have a great day and much love to you!! xo

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  5. Finally…..All things come to those who wait patiently! You sure got him! Great clarity. Is this the new toy capturing these shots? It’s been gray and damp and drizzly here for days now. I long to see the sun again. Winter in the North East 😦 Stay warm and dry AR….Love your way….VK ❤

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    1. Three maybe four years worth of waiting? Yep! Finally I got this guy, and it was just so easy. LOL The woodpecker was taken with my first 5D and the landscape was taken with my new camera. They are both the same cameras, VK. I had my long lens mounted on my original 5D and decided to leave it there. The more you change lenses, the more of a chance you have of getting your sensor dirty.
      It was snowing pretty good this morning, then stopped, and now the sun has popped out. It looks cold however. There is a wind. Brrrr ….. And today is my gym day. I will bundle up for sure!! Much love to you! xo

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    1. Thank you so much, Wendi! Both your birthday wishes for Hubby and your comments about my photographs, mean so much to me. Bless your heart! One step at a time I’m getting closer to being “known”. Much love to you! xo

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    1. Thank you, Timothy! These images are 3-4 years in the making. Finally finally the opportunity arrived where I could capture this guy. I feel like I won a million bucks or so. Good to know I’ve showed you a bird you don’t normally see. How wonderful!! Have a great day!! xo

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  6. Oh Amy, congratulations on capturing the pileated w-p after years of waiting. And such stellar photos. Your excitement in finding this gem did not affect the steadiness of holding your camera, lol. (that’s me.) They are not a particularly elusive species, so it’s possible you will see more sometime; but they are usually quite solitary, so that may be why you haven’t seen them much. Interesting about the RTH being around each time, too. I love to watch pileateds at tree holes, like in your spectacular photos, because they pound SO HARD into the tree. Appreciated seeing the woodpecker’s environment too, the woods — and what a picturesque place to be. Thanks for sharing this thrill with us.

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    1. Jet, I read your comment yesterday and was so so touched. Words such as these from someone like you are like gold. I thank you for enlightening me about the PWP …. I honestly did no research on him, and my words were based on my observations and experiences only.
      I’ve trained myself not to let emotion get in the way and to really focus on my breath when I am shooting. However, that doesn’t always work out for sometimes I cannot contain my excitement. LOL
      Like you I find the observation about the RTH fascinating and now my curiosity is up. Speaking of birds, the excavations the PWPs make are extraordinary. Once you see one, you know who has made it. Getting these guys while pounding (action shot) is far from easy even with a high shutter speed. They are FAST!
      This park has a very special place in my heart. It is close by and I am blessed that it is because for me right now time is of the essence. I only have 1-2 hours once, perhaps twice weekly to get out in Nature and believe me, I use that time ultimately to my benefit! I was just telling Hubby today sometimes I am in awe of what I can do in that brief time and just imagine what I could do with more time. (smile)
      Hope you are having a great day! Thank you so much for stopping by. xo

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    1. I sure did, Erika!! I’m really patting myself on the back for these captures! Ah, you saw what I did with that tree. Fascinating, isn’t it? It caught my eye immediately! I passed your happy birthday on to Hubby and he says thank you. Hope you are having a great day!! Much love to you! xo

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      1. Totally fascinating that tree! Like a big hand or something which protects or catches somthing. Thank you, for forwarding my wishes. I hope oyu both spent a lovely day. Much love to you too, dear Amy 💖

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  7. Young lady, that woodpecker had been waiting for you all morning, what took you so long 😂
    But he did most certainly give you his best side shots. Must have been a model in his world 😀
    Well done Amy. And Happy Birthday to the ‘man’ 🎂

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    1. I’ve passed along your happy birthday wishes to the “man” and he says thank you. He actually read some of the comments. (smile) That is something he normally does not do and I’m thrilled he is becoming more interested not only in my photography but my blog as well. Feels really good, Mark!
      That woodpecker I’ve been searching for a long time. Years. And finally the Stars smiled and voila a path opened and there he was for my pleasure. Fascinating bird just to stand and watch, which I did. Not sure if you could tell by the photos, but this is a pretty large bird, probably the biggest woodpecker around here. Hope you are having a great day!! Much love to you! xo

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      1. Spirit won’t tell me, it must be a surprise lol 😀 ❤️
        There has been quite a strong inner change happening to everyone so I think the outcome will be a new, more emotionally adventurous and freer heart for us all ❤️

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      2. Oh goody a surprise! How cool for you!
        I so agree with you on the strong inner change. It’s been both exhausting and exhilarating. To witness people at the gym, for example, of late TALKING and not plugged in, now come on, that’s huge. I really hope you are right about a more emotionally adventurous and freer heart for all of us. Now that would truly make me fly! GRIN!! xo

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    1. Thank you, Frank!! These images are probably 3 years in the making. Finally my path crossed with a Pileated WP. And boy did I shoot away! He was actually skirting the tree as I shot. Having an extremely high shutter speed I was able to “freeze” him perfectly. Very cool indeed!
      Cold? Nah! It really wasn’t that bad. Temps were up in the 40’s. Today however is a different story. Down in the teens. Brrr ….. Thank goodness there is no wind. Have a great day today!! xo

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    1. Thank you SO much, Eliza! Your compliment seriously has my head bumping on the ceiling. My camera and lens I use are bar none, the best IMO. Yes Mother was smiling on me that day! I have waited years to cross paths with this guy.
      I told Hubby happy birthday from you. He says to thank you! (smile) He has gotten very supportive of late of my photography and my blog. In his opinion, my images are some of the best he has every seen. High compliment from him, believe me! For him to have my back, feels glorious!! Much love to you! xo

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    1. Thank you, Sylvia! I know I know how fortunate I was, believe me. Years I have been waiting for an opportunity like the one I literally just walked into. So happy you stopped by to view my glorious find!! Hope you are having a great day!! xo

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    1. Thank you from the bottom of my heart! Your comment makes my smile so big across my face. I am patting myself on the back with this woodpecker. I’ve waited a long time to have our paths cross. It was sheer bliss to capture this gorgeous bird! Bless you, Jane!! xo

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  8. That is another stunning photograph! Birds are very susceptible to movement and that is what they notice first of any possible enemy. Your woodpecker knows that the red-tailed hawk is on the prowl so he “freezes” in the hope that the hawk will not notice him. This is exactly what our Green Woodpeckers do, even if they are on a fence post, when they put their bills in the air and pretend to be a continuation of the wooden post. This Pileated also has camouflage to help his strategy. It breaks up his shape as a bird. The grey body will just disappear into the background and the red and white stripes might be mistaken for a flower or a missing bit of the bark. Anyway, that’s my theory, and I’m sticking to it.!

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  9. So cool!! Great shots, and I am astounded by the holes in the trees that woodpecker made. I had no idea, but why not? Needs to be big enough to get those bugs out. Not sure about the hawk – woodpecker connection? Would be interesting to find out. Lovely woods, beautiful area! Thanks for sharing this lovely, rare-spotted bird with us!! I really enjoy “wild” life! Have a great rest of your week! Much love, Donna

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    1. Thank you, Donna!! Oh yes those holes are huge! This is a big bird, and if I’m not mistaken, the largest woodpecker in this area. I agree it would be interesting to uncover the connection between RTH and PWP. So very happy you enjoyed this, dear friend. I hope to have a really good rest of the week and weekend …. and I wish the same for you!! Much love to you! xo

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  10. My my my. I’m in awe of the beauty of this bird and the nature surrounding you! Absolutely breathtaking. Creation is so spectacular!

    Isn’t it amazing how we could have been waiting, expecting, hoping and coming away empty handed….then one day…. it all changes? When we least expect it, some of our greatest blessings appear. It’s beautiful, really. A reminder of how small we are in the grand scheme of things.

    I love everything about this post and your unmatched talent Amy. Beautiful shots, beautiful words from a beautiful heart! And I must say – “Wow! Did you write that? It’s beautiful!” Sorry, couldn’t resist! 🤣 Hope you and hubby had a wonderful birthday celebration together! ♥ I pray y’all enjoy many more wonderful years together!

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    1. Hi, Holly!! I’m only answering one of your comments tonight before I close things down. (smile)
      Creation I agree is spectacular. I’m having a passionate love affair with Mother! I’m enthralled that finally my paths crossed with the Pileated Woodpecker at long last! And man did he ever allow me to take as many pictures as I wanted!
      I like how you expressed when we least expect it, some of our greatest blessings appear. That is the state that I am in mostly when I do go out with my camera. No expectations …. just BEING in the moment. I think that is why I find so many gems, so many treasures, which of course I ooo and ahhh over. I also believe that Mother knowing how respectful I am of Her and Her Creations, allows me entrance into Her World in ways I would never foresee. It always happens that way.
      About the comment I made about the comment that was left. It was made on a post that I wrote about some pretty heavy life experiences which most of my writing is …. either my life experiences or my wisdom I learn that I share. It was very evident this person did not read what I wrote. I have a built in BS meter that can feel, see, sense BS or a lie a mile away. LOL For real. Comments like the one I shared on this post either ends up in spam (especially the ones with links associated with porn or adult advertising) or trash. I stopped getting angry over these kinds of people and instead laugh when it does happen. How stupid do people take me for? I’m laughing as I write.
      Hubby had perhaps one of the best birthdays he has ever had. I’m thinking of writing a post about what our fur kids did. Smart? We humans have just a hint of what animals are capable of, believe me!
      Bless you for your kindness, and your realness. Every time I see you on my blog, I smile and just love reading what you wrote. Sending much love your way and BIG (((HUGS)))!!! xoxoxo

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    1. Dee, please excuse the delay. I’ve been very busy. I will pass on to Hubby your belated birthday wishes. And …. I am honored and thrilled by what you said about my photography. Thank you from the bottom of my heart! Truth! When Mother opens Her door to me, she does so in a manner that leaves me stunned. Much love to you!! (((HUGS)))!!! xo

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      1. Please don’t be sorry Amy. We can’t be everywhere at the same time, so have to fix the priorities. Take care of yourself and enjoy your week by doing all experiments with your new camera 😊😊😘🤗

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  11. Amy this is such a gorgeous woodpecker.. And here I am at long, long, last for my wonderful catch up in my absence of a month.. We both have now recovered from a very nasty virus which has still left me with a cough.. But I am so much better now..
    Where does time go.. I will not comment upon your other posts as I know how long it takes to answer all.. But be assured I will dwell in them and savour each photo and each word you so cleverly deliver..
    I hope your Hubby had a wonderful Birthday, and those Cats.. Yes so clever..
    We have a cat who has started to visit us every other day.. We seem him down the allotments a lot catching mice.. So we think he followed hubby home one day or his scent at least.. as we leave cat food and biscuits out for a cat who lives in a broken shed down there next to our plot, he is quiet at home there and wild and so we just leave him be with food..
    This cat however may well have a home, he is well groomed.. But he enjoys the cat biscuits we put out when he comes meowing at our patio door… 🙂
    Ok well I am off to read more of your posts I have missed Amy… And see the sights you have been sharing..
    So don’t get caught out too long in that snow storm that is heading your way.. I will swap you for our constant, constant, rain..
    Love Snow… when I am snuggly and warm … 🙂
    Enjoy your day Amy.. Lots of Love
    Sue ❤ ❤ ❤

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    1. Good to hear you and Hubby have recovered from a nasty virus, Sue. Yes, Hubby did have a great birthday thank you! Snow storm never happened … another brilliant failure by the weather forecasters. May your visit here bring a lot of love and smiles to you! Much love to you! xo

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  12. I did enjoy the snaps. The snowy trees and fields are so pretty.
    The Mister and I have seen quite a few big male pileated woodpeckers lately. Fortunately, none of them are foraging in our siding 🙂 They’re beautiful creatures, and I think they may like to be admired. Perhaps this one knew he would be admired by hundreds through your lens.

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    1. Aw, Resa!! Thank you!! Years I’ve been searching for this guy and finally I was given an opportunity to capture him with my camera very close to where I was standing. I was given a Gift that day!! SMILE!

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