The intent was to photograph this Pileated Woodpecker flying by until a utility pole with transformers on it abruptly became part of the scene as the camera tracked the bird and the shutter fired. This is one of the more unique objects inadvertently photographed with flying birds. Usually a tree intervenes blocking the shot instead of an industrial contraption like this.
A female Pileated Woodpecker seen hard at work foraging for insects by tearing the bark off the old oak trees in front of Audubon House. Her raucous pounding and all the debris falling to the ground were hard to miss, which made her easy to find. Dryocopus pileatus about to fly away.
Looking out the window one morning last week while sitting at my desk at the office I saw Pileated Woodpeckers foraging in the oak trees in the parking lot. Grabbing my camera I went out into the awful light of an overcast sky threatening rain and took a few photos of the birds. The immediate surprise was that there were four of them in a group so most likely a family of two adults with two of their offspring from […]
A male Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus) swoops up into a tree at Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge. According to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, the average wingspan of a Pileated Woodpecker is 26–29.5 inches (66–75 cm). The average body length is 15.7–19.3 inches (40–49 cm).