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Pileated Woodpeckers #33514
01/21/11 12:32 PM
01/21/11 12:32 PM
Joined: Jun 2005
Columbus, Ohio
Scott Flaherty Offline OP
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Scott Flaherty  Offline OP
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Joined: Jun 2005
Columbus, Ohio
For many years I've tried to find a good opportunity to photograph Pileated Woodpeckers and have been unsuccessful. That drought came to an end a little while back.

It was definitely a shoot that required patience. We found a nest and initially positioned ourselves to the side. Then the waiting started. One of the parents would arrive at the nest approximately every 30-40 minutes. Then there would be a flurry of activity while it fed the chicks for about 2 minutes. Then we'd wait for another 30-40 minutes. This cycled continued for several hours.

From my initial position:


I moved to the other side of the tree to use another tree as the background:


This was shot from up in a tree, across from the tree with the nest:


Scott Flaherty
www.clanoflaherty.com
Re: Pileated Woodpeckers [Re: Scott Flaherty] #33515
01/21/11 02:23 PM
01/21/11 02:23 PM
Joined: Feb 2005
Manhattan, New York, New York
James Morrissey Offline
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Carpal Tunnel

Joined: Feb 2005
Manhattan, New York, New York
Hey Scott,

These are great. The first is my favorite of the series. You are a lucky man!

James

Re: Pileated Woodpeckers [Re: James Morrissey] #33516
01/21/11 08:15 PM
01/21/11 08:15 PM
Joined: Oct 2009
Wisconsin
Welshfilly Offline
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Welshfilly  Offline
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Joined: Oct 2009
Wisconsin
I love these birds, we have quite a few of them around on our farm. Nice photos, too!


Re: Pileated Woodpeckers [Re: Welshfilly] #33517
01/22/11 10:51 AM
01/22/11 10:51 AM
Joined: Dec 2010
North Carolina, USA
Christy Offline
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Christy  Offline
Wanderer

Joined: Dec 2010
North Carolina, USA
WOW!! I too have had MANY unsuccessful attempts at catching pileateds. You are so fortunate! Beautiful captures!!


~Christina B.
Re: Pileated Woodpeckers [Re: Christy] #33518
01/22/11 10:53 AM
01/22/11 10:53 AM
Joined: Jul 2009
Connecticut
Sunstruck Offline
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Sunstruck  Offline
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Joined: Jul 2009
Connecticut
WOW! Stunning photos Scott. I love # 1 for cuteness, and #2 for aaawww factor.


Penny J. Wills
[color:"#08c3c5"]www.pennyjwillsphotography.com[/color]
Re: Pileated Woodpeckers [Re: Sunstruck] #33519
01/22/11 03:12 PM
01/22/11 03:12 PM
Joined: Aug 2009
CA
StarrLight Offline
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Joined: Aug 2009
CA
Really beautiful, I also love that first one. Talk about "anticipation".

Diana

Re: Pileated Woodpeckers [Re: StarrLight] #33520
01/24/11 08:43 PM
01/24/11 08:43 PM
Joined: Oct 2010
Massachusetts, USA
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Lesley Offline
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Joined: Oct 2010
Massachusetts, USA
Oh.... these are so the images I have been dreaming of for years... if only I could find a nest... the second shot is a killer!

Re: Pileated Woodpeckers [Re: Scott Flaherty] #33708
02/01/11 09:33 AM
02/01/11 09:33 AM
Joined: Dec 2006
Nashville Tennessee
Durwood Edwards Offline
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Durwood Edwards  Offline
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Joined: Dec 2006
Nashville Tennessee
Wonderful shots, Scott!
Love the feeding picture.
This bird is on my list of "Need-To's". I see them quite frequently around my home, but have only one or two marginally acceptable shots.


Durwood Edwards
www.joelton.org

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