Let me say at the start,these pictures are far from perfect. I was shooting through a window and it had condensation at the bottom,so parts of the picture look too white.
I was shocked on Sunday morning when I turned and was greeted by this sight.
I have seen the Pileated Woodpecker before,but never this close.I had also suspected that one had visited the window feeder,when a plastic tray was suddenly in two pieces,but had never actually seen one there.
I first took a terrible picture with my cell phone,but then realized that she was not too afraid of me and proceeded to make my way to my camera.
The blur in the bottom left corner is because of the condensation between the panes. I guess I need new windows.I mean one has to do whatever it takes to get good pictures. LOL
At times as I was slowly trying to make my way closer,she would assume this position which I found to be quite comical.
Because I was using my 400mm lens I was able to get some decent portraits. I like that red cap.I know it is a female,because she does not have the red moustache.
When I got a little too close for her comfort,she flew into this tree. Again,I am shooting through a window. Just look at how that red cap glows.
Mrs.Pileated,you may never know,but you really made my day.Thanks.