Saturday (the 24th), as I was diligently working on my @steemusa intro challenge post, something outside my window caught my eye.
Needless to say, by the time I got outside with my camera and tripod, Woody had flown off to a different tree. However, since it was “nice” out (38F/3.3C), I decided to hang around and see if he/she came back. My patience was rewarded thusly –
Then I realized Woody brought a friend along –
I got a few
dozen shots of them, but given the overcast sky and their hyperactive movement, it was tough to get decent, clean captures of them together, let alone separately. Here’s a handful of solo shots that weren’t too bad –
To show what I mean by hyper, here’s a short video that combines a brief snippet (with the sound stripped, since all you could hear was a passing airplane) from yesterday, and a slightly longer clip from 2016 that, while the video quality isn’t great, you get a quick listen to that distinctive call at the end.
Oh, and for the record – while these birds are technically called Pileated Woodpeckers, I always refer to them as “Woody” because…
“Woody Woodpecker is an anthropomorphic animated woodpecker, inspired
by the acorn woodpecker and also resembling the pileated woodpecker…”
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Wow, they are amazing! How do you hold your excitement back back when you get such beautiful visitors to your garden? I would be screaming for days!
Thanks to you, I’ll soon know more about the birds of North America than I do about our local ones. 🙂
They are brilliant shots Traci!! I have never seen one in “real Life”. Thanks for sharing and stumbled 🙂
Beautiful photos. I have been fortunate to see one of these magnificent birds.
Love these photos, Traci. we have these woodpeckers in Maine but I’ve never seen them as close as your camera captured. I wonder why one has a red streak on his face in addition to his plume? -Molly
The first photo took my breath away. Absolutely lovely
I envy you your skills I have wildlife in abundance in the garden but my skills in photography are minus zero. I captured a beak and a tail feather when photographing our visiting ducks. I will leave the magic to you. Lovely.
Gosh! You really take great shots of nature. My woodpecker pics pale in comparison to yours! These are so lovely!!!
Thanks again, Melissa! I get spoiled by the wildlife around here – they’re almost always happy to strike a pose.