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20130609 037 SERIES -  Pileated Woodpecker (juv).jpg
09-JUN-2013 Hank v/d Velde

20130609 037 SERIES - Pileated Woodpecker (juv).jpg

Ottawa West - close to home.

Four images of the young Pileated Woodpeckers peeking out at the world beyond their nest cavity. Posting 7 of 8 in this series of postings on the Pileated Woodpecker family. GO To http://www.pbase.com/hankvv/image/149565565 for the start of the series (1 of 8).

The two young are quite large already; however, I've only seen them sticking their heads out for the past week. Prior to that Mom and Dad always either went into the cavity or simply bent in to feed the young. Presently I still saw Mom once enter the nest cavity with the two young. None were visible through the hole; hence, I suspect that the cavity is quite deep - probably some 45 cm (18")

Top Image; The young female checking out the outside world through the nest hole.


The young male now takes a long look.


The female wants another look and attempts to push Big Brother aside.


Big Brother won't move, so Sister pushes her way in and they both look out.

Note: The young repeatedly looked every which way - up, down, east & west to see what lies beyond the safety of their nest cavity. It being quite hot this day, both young are at times panting with their beaks open. They were also calling for one of the adults whom was searching for food in a nearby tree.

Nikon D800 ,Nikkor 500mm f/4D IF-ED AF-S II
1/400s f/4.0 at 500.0mm iso3200 full exif

other sizes: small medium original
Martin Wenzel29-Jun-2013 16:49
Super images, Hank!
Dan Greenberg24-Jun-2013 22:58
It is a wonderful mini series and a treat for people like me who rarely get to see these kind of things.
Trent Watts24-Jun-2013 22:43
What a great series of this magnificent bird. I never seem to see this great bird but see evidence of the chips they can create. I only have one set of pictures of a Pileated so really appreciate the work you put into this group of pictures.
Tom LeRoy23-Jun-2013 08:54
Top series, Hank. Great shots and commentary. V
Carol Rollins22-Jun-2013 17:26
Super series of great shots and wonderful narrative.
Len22-Jun-2013 15:01
Well timed a d taken, great shots Hank!!!
Art Wittingen21-Jun-2013 12:25
Great serie about these woodpeckers Hank.
Always nice to watch.
Penny B15-Jun-2013 21:07
Umm, sis sure knows how to get to the front....as she should. lol
Pieter Bos15-Jun-2013 07:47
Beautiful series, Hank! ~V
Robert D. McAlpine15-Jun-2013 00:19
Fabulous series Hank - a great opportunity to study them.
godro14-Jun-2013 18:55
Nice serie. i like it!
francoisconstantin14-Jun-2013 13:38
So nice!!!
CM Kwan14-Jun-2013 12:17
Very nice series, Hank. V
Patricia Kay14-Jun-2013 11:47
Fabulous images Hank...such a pleasure to view the baby woodpeckers...
Fong Lam14-Jun-2013 05:09
Fantastic series...love those well captured shots, Hank....V
Marcela Mejia Photography14-Jun-2013 02:24
ohh how beautiful .Just adorable ,Hank thank you for sharing . V
SageCreek Images14-Jun-2013 01:19
Excellent images of these Woodpeckers, Hank....
Marcia Colelli13-Jun-2013 20:45
Adorable series. Nice use of frames also V
Simon Chandler13-Jun-2013 17:25
Amazing images. Very rare sight to the public. v
Char13-Jun-2013 17:23
What a terrific study, Hank! I know I've said it before, but you do such a great job of putting the pictures together to tell the stories. I love these series. \/
Lieve Snellings13-Jun-2013 14:07
Love this series Hank...
So surprizing to see the second one pop up 😄
Bill Taylor13-Jun-2013 14:00
Very nice series! Small birds are difficult to photograph, but you do it well.
Carol Rollins13-Jun-2013 13:51
Super series Hank. Love these shots!
Carl H. Johnson13-Jun-2013 12:48
This is too cute Hank!!!
Ton, Ben & Rob Nagtegaal13-Jun-2013 12:09
Vooral de laaste vind ik prachtig met twee kopies uit het gat.
Dennis13-Jun-2013 11:53
Another great series Hank...well done.
Cheers !
Dennis Sweetman13-Jun-2013 11:09
Great series Hank...~V~
Colin Storey13-Jun-2013 10:12
Fantastic detailed images of them.
Pierre Martin13-Jun-2013 09:19
nice serie's Hank
soon the will get out and follow
mom and dad, more great photo in the target
Milan Vogrin13-Jun-2013 07:51
Very nice set!
Bryan Murahashi13-Jun-2013 04:40
Fabulous captures, Hank.
joseantonio13-Jun-2013 04:18
Quite an interesting series. Love to se this kind of behaviour.
Jay Levin13-Jun-2013 03:46
Great behavioral images, Hank. The young sure are very curious and hungry as well.
Ted Busby13-Jun-2013 03:41
Looks like they are growing up quickly..soon they'll be leaving..

Nice work Hank.
cmarsh13-Jun-2013 03:34
Phoenominal captures!
Jean D13-Jun-2013 02:42
Superb series and narration, Hank. ~V
Jim Coffman13-Jun-2013 02:06
Another very fine series,Hank. You really find great subjects...
Tom Munson13-Jun-2013 01:44
Wonderful series, Hank! Beautiful work!
larose forest photos13-Jun-2013 01:08
Wow, Hank! You have created a top notch series here. Love these photos!!
Greeney13-Jun-2013 00:40
They have a lovely red crest.
Stephanie12-Jun-2013 23:27
Adorable series of these siblings! :) Thanks for the big smile this evening!
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