Monday, December 10, 2012

Pileated Woodpecker

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.

30 comments:

Ginny Hartzler said...

A wonderful Christmas gift!!! I always think things like this are not happenstance.

Unknown said...

Ruth, she's a beauty to be sure! I've only seen this bird a couple of times. Always taken by the size!

TexWisGirl said...

oh, these are great! and close!!! :)

happyone said...

What a beauty!!!

Cloudia said...

what awesome shots you got, Ruth!
I'm posting some tiny wild birds tomorrow, but no shots as good as YOURS.


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Anita Johnson said...

Good shots! There are rather comical in appearance, especially close up!

Gail said...

Fantastic shots...even through the window.

Muffy's Marks said...

Wow, they are easily spooked. You had a brave one. I am so glad you had the chance to get some good shots. I'm sure that wonderful bird made your day!!!

Patricia said...

Beautiful photos, Ruth!!! Love how she looked at you when you moved closer. God is so good to drop these gifts into our lives. I had something like that happen to me today with a red-shouldered hawk - not right up to my window, but she/he let me walk right up to the tree where she was perched. Amazing. Thank You, God, for blessing us with these gifts.

Janice K said...

Totally, totally awesome! She would certainly make my day too!

Diane said...

Great catches, Ruth. She must have been quite curious about you. Diane

Shug said...

She certainly is a chubby thing! Beautiful red cap...absolutely gorgeous!

Linda at To Behold The Beauty said...

And you made MY day with these pictures. What wonderful portraits you were able to capture. No need to apologize for the steamy window. You still managed some beautiful shots.

Mary said...

What a wonderful surprise to have so close! Nice that she let you get your camera, too! It's been a couple years since I have had one at my house. They are such wonderful looking woodpeckers and so big!

Hilary said...

Oh she's a beauty, Ruth and you got very fine photos considering it's through the glass. I have heard the Pileated woodpecker on a few occasions but have never been able to spot one. What a treat!

Valerie said...

Beautiful shots!!

Kerri Farley said...

Oh, she (and you) made my day too with these awesome shots! Woo Hoo!

Sandra said...

and now she is making my day... she looks like a bird with attitude in some of these.

Rick said...

Very nice that she came to pay you a visit - and you got great shots of her (the shot you get is always better than the one you didn't !).

I especially like that last one of her in a tree.

Montanagirl said...

A wonderful encounter for you, and you managed some great shots of her! Would love to see one of these.

Elaine said...

Wonderful up-close shots!! The one on the tree is lovely too. In the wintertime you do have to compromise often and take photos through the windows. When a wild critter comes to you you can't take the time to go outside, not to mention there's less chance of spooking it. You just accept the gift received and don't worry about how much better you could do outside.

EG CameraGirl said...

Oh wow! I would be sooo excited to see a pileated woodpecker at my feeders. Nos=w I know there is hope. :))

Willard said...

That is an amazing encounter, Ruth. I have not been that close to a pileated woodpecker. They worked out very well for being taken through a window.

Nora said...

oh my goodness, Ruth you got some amazing shots through the window again...it is a gift from someone we love when birds flock to your window like they do at your house.

S. Etole said...

She looks so inquisitive as she watches you watch her.

Shaun said...

ha ha h, what a cool little character he is. Quite a splendid sight. Nice to see that your windows are squeaky clean aswell.

My name is Riet said...

And what a beauty she is and not shy at all. To me your photo's are perfect Ruth, no need for new windows.
Have a nice day.

Debbie said...

oh ruth, how exciting. i use to always shoot through the window but now most of my birds are use to me opening the window and hanging out!!

awesome images, you show have said you "frosted" the edges!!

Pat said...

I think these photos look really good for shooting through a window with condensation!

Laura Delegal - Leroy Photography said...

Those are fantastic.