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Pileated Woodpecker

Pileated Woodpecker
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Copyright: Rick Price (Adanac) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-07-07
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon 40D, Canon 100-400/4.5-5.6L IS
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite Bird photos -3- [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-01-01 2:57
Viewed: 4034
Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Happy New Year
Hi All,
This image was shot last summer in Waterton, I had been trying to capture a Pileated Woodpecker for quite a while and had only seen two prior to this, what is the saying third time lucky. I hope everyone is well and haven't over indulged last evening.

Pileated Woodpecker
Dryocopus pileatus

General Description

By Nora Bryan

Sighting this huge shockingly red-crested woodpecker is a thrill that isn't soon forgotten. So we are lucky that this distinctive woodpecker might be spotted all year, anywhere in Alberta except for the open grasslands of the southeast.

Old, densely canopied mature forests with lots of large dead or dying trees are the neighborhoods of choice for these big woodpeckers. They can also be found in naturalized areas or parks in cities where there are lots of old trees.

The Pileated Woodpecker's choice of meal is carpenter ants. Large rectangular holes in dead wood are signs of a Pileated Woodpecker's excavations for these large ants. They also eat other insects, supplemented by seeds and fruit. Excitingly, they will also come to suet feeders.

Nests are excavated 15 to 70 feet high in a large dead tree. The unlined nest cavity may be as much as 24 inches deep. Both parents incubate three to five eggs for 15 or 16 days. The young may take a month to fledge.
from Weaselhead.org

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  • Rosa Gold Star Critiquer [C: 56 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2009-01-01 3:20]

Good morning Rick,
what a precise time, perfectly
captured. Colour and sharpness
are perfect.
Best wishes
Happy New Year

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-01-01 3:34]

A Happy New Year to you too Rick!
You start the year with a real beauty: an excellent capture of a Pileated Woodpecker: the pose, POV shapness and frame-filling composition are all superb.
Very nice to view and thanks for sharing this,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-01-01 3:45]

Happy New Year Rick.
Great POV of this woodpecker.
Sharp detaiis and beautiful colors.
I really like the red head markings . Very handsome bird.Best regards Siggi

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-01-01 4:17]

Hello Rick,
Wonderful photo to start the new year.
What a beauty! Perfect sharp focus and light on the head. Great POV, clear colours, eye-contact and composition.
A Happy and Healthy New Year,

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2009-01-01 5:54]

Hello Rick, wonderful and lovely shot of this woodpecker.
Happy New Year of 2009.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2009-01-01 7:00]

Hi Rick,
You got very fine image of this beautiful woodpecker, the red crest is looking great and that green strip is adding beauty to this image. tfs.

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2009-01-01 7:57]

Hello Rick,

What a fine photo of this bird you have made. Even if sitting on the shaded side of the trunck you have rendered very fine and naturaly looking colors. The image is rasor sharp so that good dettails of the bird and plumage pattern can be well seen.

Thank you for sharing and I wish you a Happy New Year,

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-01-01 9:48]

Hi Rick,

I've never seen this woodpecker (in real life) but I can see why you wanted a shot of him so badly. He is one handsome bird with that amazing face and colors. This one was worth waiting for - great pose and great details from head to tail. Nice way to start off the new year.


great capture , amazing colours and details , good sharp,

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-01-01 11:16]

Hi Rick,
Beautiful capture of this woodpecker.Details,POV,colors,sharpness and composition are excellent.
Happy New Year and thanks for posting.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-01-01 12:08]

Hi Rick. You have cropped this one to fit the long bird it looks just right. Good detail ain the feathers and bark on the tree. The red head feathers stand out well. A good POV/DOF. well done TFS.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2009-01-01 14:30]

Hi Rick,
a superb photo of this Pileated Woodpecker.
Sharp and crisp.
Well composed.
Lovely colours.

Well done and Happy New Year!


A Happy New Year to you too Rick!
Excellent capture of a Pileated Woodpecker, very good POV shapness.
Well done!
TFS. Regards.

Over-indulge??? Moi??? I think not. : ) We gave 2008 an Oregon send off...pouring rain; and 2009 an Oregon welcome...pouring rain.
I'm glad Lady Luck smiled on you that day. You got a really nice unobstructed shot of this woodpecker. We got a fairly good one in the Tetons last spring. Had to look up through branches to see it though. It doesn't look like yours was very high up. Nice work.

TFS & Happy New Year.
Evelynn : )

hello Rick

excellent shot of the Pileated Woodpecker one of my favorite birds
to wath and photograph, your photo shot with fine POV
and appropriate vertical framing, beautiful luminosity of the image,
excellent sharpness and details of the dark plumage, TFS


Danged spot on Rick...BTW I know I wanted to post that 'anomaly' of nature shot in my news but with Don's passing and all it seemed the wrong time..I have saved it.....as you are among my favorites as you so well now....God Bless you and the same to the bird!

Ohhh... another splendid shot of a cute woodpaecker in its classic posture on a vertical trunk my dear friend Rick.
TFS and cheers,

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2009-01-02 1:30]

Dear Rick,
I have seen this species of the Woodpecker only in pictures and you showed us the babies not so long ago.And here is another one of the adult in a fine composition. Despite the dark tones and the bird's dark plumage,the shot has enough light to show details with clarity and sharpness.It looks alert and in attention. The close crop and the vertical composition work excellently.
Thanks so much for sharing and look forward to more in 2009.
Have a healthy and peaceful New Year

Hello Rick,
Great capture, superb sharpness, beautiful colors, lovely catchlight in the eye, excellent details and niced oof background.
well done.

Salut Rick
Chanceux! :-) J'aimerais bien le rencontrer un jour moi aussi ! Elle est excellente cette photo, avec ces tons sombres le Grand Pic n'est pas facile à photographier mais toi tu as très bien réussi à capter les détails de ces plumes noires, bravo ! Merci et je te souhaite une bonne et belle année 2009 JP

Hello Rick.

Excellent image, nice composition and details.

Jose Luis

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