Pileated Woodpecker

March 12, 2012  •  1 Comment

I see pairs of Pileated Woodpeckers pretty often - maybe twice or more a week, especially during the late winter and spring.  They can be heard for quite a distance, both via their call and their hammering away on dead wood.  They move around looking for wood containing insects.  If they find a good log, they stay for quite a while and seem to be so engrossed in feeding that they forget about what's going on around them.  Too often, they are up high and don't offer good photo opportunities.  However, sometimes they can be found at ground level.  That's what happened on Friday.  I followed a pair around for about 30 minutes and finally caught the male hacking away on a fallen very dead log.  He didn't notice me while I managed to get behind a tree about 25 feet from him.  He could hear the camera auto-focusing and the shutter, but didn't actually see me for about five minutes.

I did get a shot of the female too, but not nearly as good as the shots of the male.  She has the brownish markings on her forehead and lacks the red stripe below the beak.

Pileated Woodpecker - Male - over the shoulder

Pileated Woodpecker - Male - with dead log Pileated Woodpecker - Female - forehead markings


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SteveJnerChicago(non-registered)
Lucky Bastard! :-)). Very nice captures! My nemesis Bird. Have made several day trips to area's outside of Chicago that have pileated pairs but have yet to see one let alone photograph. best I've done was to hear a piar calling each other last Summer. Deep in a forest so not the best set-up to view them anyway.
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