Woody Woodpecker and friend stopped in for a visit

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…”

~ via Wikipedia

via GIPHY

 
 

Photo credit: Traci York, taken with my trusty Nikon.
Blog graphics: created on Canva

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9 comments

  1. Love these photos, Traci. we have these woodpeckers in Maine but Iโ€™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

  2. 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.

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