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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.
Also by Andrea Petersen
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