I have felt envious when I heard about others’ reports about seeing Pileated Woodpeckers and while I have heard them or seen them flying at a distance, have not got any images for well over a year.
At the local park after a rather uneventful birding walk, (sorry, Chickadees) I heard the calls. And knocking. Loud knocking. I got my equipment out of the trunk and walked over to a tree near the trail and saw it…a Pileated Woodpecker! I also heard another one calling nearby.
I took photos, admittedly not so good, of the one in front of and high above me.It flew away and I was going back to my car for the second time when I noticed the one that flew away plus another. I took photos and tried to maneuvor through thorny bushes for alternate views, but that was difficult. With my ISO turned up to 1600 and aperture up 2/3 I managed to get some decent shots despite the sky blowing out. The other issue was trying to get a shot when the bird paused, because when it is banging at the wood it’s head is moving fast and get motion blur. One was deeper in the woods, a female and I thought at one point I was observing two males.Whatever, my hopes were satisified.If you click on one of the photos , a slideshow will open.