Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus)

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Comments (20)

Syl de Canada on August 4, 2007

Oh Really nice one Marilyn they are so noisy! Sometimes there is one of them in my garden knocking and knocking :) Cheers, Syl

Marilyn Whiteley on August 4, 2007

Thanks, Syl. I'm glad that you enjoy them, too. I was working this afternoon when I heard the knocking. I turned around and there were _three_in a big tree right outside the window!

Ainars M -1 on August 5, 2007

Nice capture Marilyn! :) For now we all along with You know that knocker in face! :D Cheers ainars

Daniela Brocca on August 5, 2007

Very nice Marilyn, I have never ever seen one in my life.You and Syl are lucky to live in places with a wonderful nature.People living in the cities have to go out to found the really nature.In Milan I can found pigeons,sparrows and blackbirds at the most.Ciao Daniela

Marilyn Whiteley on August 5, 2007

Thanks, Ainars, Lucrecia, Anne, and Daniela. The wonderful thing about our Wisconsin summer home is being so close to nature. When we get back home in October (after a big trip "Downunder"), I'm afraid the nearby world will not be nearly so interesting. I shall have to learn to look harder there!

AlexMatos on August 5, 2007

OOOOOOHHHOOO!!!OOOOHHHOOOO! Great catch Marilyn It reminds me the Cartoon...Woody Woodpecker Cheers


Marilyn Whiteley on August 5, 2007

Yes, Alex, the pileated woodpecker was the model for Woody!!

Except for two rare or possibly extinct species, these are the largest North American woodpeckers. They are powerful, and it is a real treat to have them visit our trees!

sylfantheo(Pascal) on August 5, 2007

hi Marilyn , Très beau cliché nous avons quelques pic ici mais moins impressionnant , ils font déjà pas mal de bruit , alors j' imagine....Very beautiful stereotype we have some peak here but less impressive, they make noise, then I imagine..

Marilyn Whiteley on August 5, 2007

Merci, Pascal. Oui, ils font beaucoup de bruit!

Ryan Calhoun on August 6, 2007

Nice shot, Marilyn! We have these all over the place, but they're usually pretty timid and disappear if you come close.

Marilyn Whiteley on August 6, 2007

Thanks, Ryan. Some of the black locust trees in our yard are very resonant (space between the bark and the rest of the trunk?), so these guys announce their presence very loudly. This time I was finally able to sneak close enough!

Fiore Hencerbin on August 10, 2007

Great catch!! super photo :)

Marilyn Whiteley on August 10, 2007

Thanks, Fiore. I feel lucky to have caught it.

Panamon-Creel on October 22, 2007

Talking about noisy, a couple of month ago heard one making a "Woodpecker long distance call" on one of those large steel power transmission towers. Took me some time to figure out who was making that awful noise :) Surprised he didn't bend his beak while hammering on those steel girders LOL

Marilyn Whiteley on October 22, 2007

Even when they hammer on trees, I don't see why they don't get terrible headaches! I'd think it would scramble their brains. On steel? OUCH!!

© Tom Cooper on May 9, 2009

Exellent photo. Absolutely stunning.

Weeka! Weeka! Weeka!

Marilyn Whiteley on May 14, 2009

I'm glad you found this! Thanks for stopping by.

Cleber C Ferreira on January 6, 2010

Beautiful Woodpecker, nice shot!

Marilyn Whiteley on January 8, 2010

I especially appreciate your comment because you have some very good bird photos!

Diana0 on September 21, 2010

This is a wonderful shot, that little tuft of red just pops.

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on August 4, 2007
  • © All Rights Reserved
    by Marilyn Whiteley
    • Taken on 2007/08/04 16:18:38
    • Exposure: 0.003s (1/400)
    • Focal Length: 84.24mm
    • F/Stop: f/4.500
    • ISO Speed: ISO125
    • Exposure Bias: -1.00 EV
    • No flash