Pileated Woodpecker

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© Andrea Petersen
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I have filled him with the spirit ...in carving of timber to work in all manner of workmanship..

Exodus 31: 3- 5

The Pileated Woodpecker in this picture had been whacking into a dead poplar tree with his sharp bill..The motion of his hammering was slow, loud and rhythmic like an axe chopping into a tree. Before he took flight he spread his wings to relax them and curved his body around a section of the tree when I got this shot of it yesterday.

I manually focused with my 300 mm lens but wished I could have got even closer... I was thrilled however, to shoot the few pictures that I did as these type of birds are difficult to capture. I have been trying for several years to get close enough to a Pileated Woodpecker for a good shot ...The sky was colorless and white around the bird. It was very high into the tree also which is why you don't see any foliage around him...the dead tree doesn't have leaves near the top and I pointed toward the sky so it is very much like an abstract.

Just before he flew away he answered to the call of his mate who was in the woods in back of our house....Earlier it had been near the top of a power pole pecking away and it is a wonder he wasn't electrocuted...I was very happy to see it fly to the dead Poplar tree from there... When I was out feeding the song birds he startled me as it flew right above my head like it was trying to get my attention and the sound of its voice was shrill. That's when I rushed into the house to get the camera.

12 responses

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett gave props (24 Jun 2012):

    This is more artistic than you intended it to be! LOL Almost abstract. I love it.

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (24 Jun 2012):

    This is wonderful, Andrea!

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece   gave props (24 Jun 2012):

    What a great story to go with this awesome photo!!! I have on Pileated photo that I got a few months back. Someday I will post it, it needs a bit of work on it and I am busy with other photos at this time : )

  • Heather Mellon

    Heather Mellon gave props (24 Jun 2012):

    This is very artistic.. and I love the effect of the colorless sky here, it really brings a very special quality to this image.. what a capture and interesting story !!

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (25 Jun 2012):

    WOW! What a shot. They are so very hard to capture but you did an amazing job of it.

  • Geoff Plant

    Geoff Plant gave props (25 Jun 2012):


  • rashmi a

    rashmi a gave props (25 Jun 2012):

    very artistic

  • Davide Simone

    Davide Simone (Deleted) gave props (25 Jun 2012):

    I absolutely agree with all

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (25 Jun 2012):

    An incredible capture!! I love the dearth of color in the background....a perfect presentation!!

  • Shirley Valencia

    Shirley Valencia   gave props (26 Jun 2012):

    this looks like a watercolor..... super capture

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (26 Jun 2012):

    i just love this!

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (29 Jun 2012):

    Fantastic composition!

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