BELINDA GROVER PHOTOGRAPHY

STOPS ALONG THE WAY

PILEATED WOODPECKER

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This is the woodpecker I mentioned in a recent post, we saw it last time we were at the reserve. I was a bit of a distance from him, shooting through twigs and branches but with no leaves out yet I did manage to get some clear shots. We heard the woodpecker working away before we saw him. A fellow photographer standing nearby like a beacon led us right to him. We didn’t see the bird’s mate but hope to when we return next time.

52 thoughts on “PILEATED WOODPECKER

  1. They’re yard birds for us, so we get to see them frequently. But this shot is extraordinary! I love the piece of wood hovering behind her in the air. Fun shot. I hope you’re having a wonderful spring, Belinda, and that you are getting out to shoot lots of birds and wildlife! ~ Shannon

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  2. An excellent capture, Belinda. A pair of pileateds visit our yard from time to time. It is always exciting to see them.

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  3. Fantastic shot, Belinda, such gorgeous colors and detail! Love that piece of wood flying too! 🙂

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  4. Wonderful action image with the flying wood!

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  5. It’s always so exciting to see pileateds!

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  6. Great shot of a shy bird 😀

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  7. Love the flying chip! Their calls alert me to their presence, but I rarely see them. They are a magnificent sight.

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  8. Outstanding shot. Has anyone managed to photograph an Ivory-billed since their rediscovery?

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  9. Fantastic bird and shot, Belinda!

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  10. Oh how I love these woodpeckers. This photo is fabulous!

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  11. Brilliant photo, Belinda. I so love the pileated, with their intensity, and you captured it here with the piece of tree flying out. They bang their head so hard when excavating, that bits of tree and sawdust go everywhere. Sometimes I come upon a tree where the pileated has been but is now gone, I can tell they’ve been there with the sawdust and tree pieces in its wake. Thanks for giving us this moment with the pileated.

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  12. Beautiful! I’ve long wanted to see one of these birds! I’m visiting Atlanta in August and hope to see one.

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  13. Great shot Belinda. Like the other commenters, I love the flying chip of wood.

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  14. They are fun to watch when they hammer away at a punky tree trunk and the chips are flying. I also enjoy watching them chase each other around and around the trunk of a tree, hopping and clinging to the bark. And when they fly, it is with great dips. Did I mention that I love their call too. Wonderful birds, always good subjects for a photo. Great shot, Belinda.

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  15. Great shot of him doing a little excavating.

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  16. Great catch

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  17. That is one superb photograph, Belinda! Is that a piece of wood behind his head he has chipped away flying through the air?

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  18. Stunning image Belinda especially with the little chunk of flying wood!

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  19. What a fantastic shot, with chips of wood flying about to show the action!

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  20. Beautiful portrait. A 🙂

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  21. Love these amazing birds. Great capture, Belinda. I hope you get the pair sometime. 😉

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