Sunday, December 14, 2014

Pileated Berry Breakfast




The light outside has been dim lately, the sky and land painted in various shades of gray. 
Bright spots of red add a finishing touch to the scene, where dogwood berries, 
still clinging to the trees, serve as beacons to the wildlife. 




A pileated woodpecker came back yesterday morning for a berry breakfast.  




They are imposing birds, about the size of a crow, 
but with more color, and none of the irritating habits.  
We see them here occasionally. 
Their loud, distinctive call and undulating flight 
capture our attention as they pass by, 
but this was a rare opportunity to watch one up close.






The regal appearance this species makes is, we think, 
very fitting for the largest known surviving member of the woodpecker family.

The larger Ivory-billed Woodpecker is probably extinct, 
although if any of you have seen one lately, we hope you'll post it on your blog.
: )




Linking with Wild Bird Wednesday



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31 comments:

Felicia said...

he doesn't look as big as a crow, (i'm sure he is though) but boy is he sure beautiful and your images are wonderful.

Marco Luijken said...

Hello Connie,
What great to see this amazing colored and special bird. Wonderful how you've photographed hiim. Well done!!

Kind regards,
Marco

pens and needles said...

How neat to see Mr. P.W. up close like this! He really is a beauty, but when he's in my neighborhood he's very aloof...won't come near the house. I've tried long-distance photos, but they're always just a blur. Love seeing your wonderful pictures of him enjoying a morning meal. :)

Brian King said...

Those are awesome! Beautiful woodpecker! If someone does photograph or even see the Ivory-billed, they'll be getting more attention than they bargained for! That would be huge news.

TexWisGirl said...

so awesome! until they destroy the power poles. :)

Flat Creek Farm said...

Just gorgeous! That beauty is on my bucket list for pics. I think this is my first visit to your blog. I'll have to check out more. We are in Central MO :) -Tammy

EG CameraGirl said...

Awesome photos. I have never been that close to a Pileated Woodpecker...but I sure would love to be!

Carletta said...

I have a pair of Pileated Woodpeckers who live in the surrounding woods. They stay hidden for the most part but make appearances regularly enough so I know they are still around.
I posted a shot today as well.
Your photos are lovely! Love the berry shot as well.
The pileated looks too heavy for those dainty branches. :)

Chris Rohrer said...

What a beautiful series of photos. That gray sky with those delicate berries make these beauties a frameable piece of art. Congrats on this amazing bird sighting!

Margaret Adamson said...

These are stunning photographs.

Frank said...

Super images of this stunning species.

Bethany Carson said...

Beautiful shots of the woodpecker and berries!

Kim Stevens said...

Oh golly these are beautiful, I love this woodpecker...sometimes I spot them on my walk here on the gulf coast of Texas.

theflutteringleaf said...

Just beautiful-images and the woodpecker.

Anita Johnson said...

These are just beautiful shots...the simplicity of the background is just beautiful with the bird center stage. And yes, he is huge!

Adam Jones said...

Superb looking birds and images.

eileeninmd said...

The Pileated is a great bird and always a treat to see one up close.. Awesome photos! Have a great evening!

Lea said...

Great photos!
Have a wonderful day!
Lea

Marie said...

Wonderful shots! How lovely to get to watch him for so long. Have you read Ghost Birds by Stephen Lynn Bales? I used to have it on my sidebar for nearly two years, with a link to Bales's blog but finally removed it. Great book about the quest for the last of the Ivory Bills. I'm convinced there will be NO sightings...sadly.

Terri Buster said...

Awesome captures- would love to see one of these close up.

Susan (ABON) said...

Superb images of a beautiful bird. I regularly see a pileated woodpecker high in the trees of our back yard. This morning he was on the ground for a few seconds. I hope to one day get a few good close ups of him. Love these!

Mary Cromer said...

Excellent, just wonderful Connie

lindaakacraftygardener said...

love the pileated woodpecker, amazing photos of him upside down getting the berries, I've got a photo of one this week too

Hannah said...

Fabulous shots of the PW, he's so cute hanging upside down. I have them in my yard but see them mostly when they are eating my apples or elderberries, and would need to photograph them from a distance with a tripod.

NatureFootstep said...

gorgeous bird and very nice photography :)

Gunilla B├Ąck said...

Gorgeous birds! I love the red hat.

Lisa Gordon said...

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas, and a bright and beautiful New Year, Connie.

Stewart M said...

One of my favourite birds! Been lucky enough to see a few on my trips to the USA - now an Ivory Billed would be a good bird to start the year!

Hope you have a good Christmas.

cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

S. Etole said...

Striking photos.

Cheong Ryang said...

As a new comer of Viewbug and photograpy, enjoyed nice
photos!

Linda said...

So lovely. Your photos bring such joy and beauty. Thank you so much for sharing, and warm greetings and blessings from Montreal, Canada. :)