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Dryocopus pileatus M

Dryocopus pileatus M
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Copyright: Derek Grant (PeakXV) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 121 W: 0 N: 544] (3135)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-01-28
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 650D, Canon 55-250mm EF-S 1:4-5,6 IS
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/2000 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite bird in-flight photos 3 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2013-01-29 7:45
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Points: 18
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These are not so easy to capture, handheld and on the wing. They have a swooping, undulating flight pattern and tend to stick to the tree line. Nevertheless, this male pileated woodpecker appeared yesterday afternoon and with the direct sunlight at my back .... and I thought it somewhat worthy of presentation. Btw, this species (by many learned accounts) was the model for the "Woody Woodpecker" cartoon series from days of yore. See the following youtube link for a taste of Woody the Woodpecker:



Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Piciformes
Family: Picidae
Genus: Dryocopus
Species: D. pileatus

The Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus) is a very large North American woodpecker, roughly crow-sized, inhabiting deciduous forests in eastern North America, the Great Lakes, the boreal forests of Canada, and parts of the Pacific coast. It is also the largest woodpecker in the United States, excepting the possibly extinct Ivory-billed Woodpecker.

The call is a loud, far-carrying laugh, sometimes described as a "jungle bird" call due its wild, un-fettered quality. The Northern Flicker, which is very different looking and weighs about half as much as a Pileated, has a similar-sounding call but has a weaker voice. Its drumming can be very loud, often sounding like someone striking a tree with a hammer.


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To lousat: re: Woody WoodpeckerPeakXV 1 01-29 18:42
To CeltickRanger: re: WoodyPeakXV 1 01-29 17:48
To lousat: Héhéhé Luciano :)CeltickRanger 1 01-29 14:21
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Hello Derek,
Beautiful composition with nice clarity of a lovely in flight Woodpecker.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2013-01-29 8:48]

Hello Derek,
Nice photo taken in an excellent timing. Attractive composition in beautiful colours.

Ciao Derek.
Oramai sei diventato uno specialista nel fotografare gli uccelli in volo,ottima nitidezza,con buoni dettagli molto bella,
Ciao Marco.
Grazie della condivisione.
p.s.Grazie del suggerimento riguardante la mia foto (fatto).

Ciao Derek, great capture of lovely in-flight bird, perfect focus, splendid light and wonderful natural colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hi Derek,
what a nice photo of this bird in flight. Perfect presentation and composition. Amazing blue colours of the sky as a background.
Thanks for sharing,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-01-29 14:16]
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Hi Derek,our friend Asbed will be jealous of your pic..ehehe...very nice in flight capture,excellent details on the bird and nice composition too.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Hello Derek

WOW ! great in-flight shot of the Pileated Woodpecker,
with fine POV and framing, you frozen him
superbly in its flight pose, the flight pose
adds great dynamism to the image, I have done
5 or 6 Pileated Woodpecker in-flight photos
not as great as your photo, I would love one
day do the same kind of shot as yours, TFS


Hi Derrek
Great in flight capture. They are fast and elusive. Super timing, the pose, the composition all worked out well. Great job.
Thanks for sharing

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2013-01-29 18:42]

Hello Derek,
Photographing a Pileated Woodpecker is definitely not an easy task, as it is one bird that has eluded me as of yet. I can only dream of capturing one so nicely while inflight someday. Well done!!

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