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_MG_0811 Exciting first visit

_MG_0811 Exciting first visit

Pileated Woodpecker

I could tell from the excited tone in his voice as my husband called from the kitchen, that there was something exciting to photograph...and I wasn't disappointed when I found TWO of these at my suet feeders. The camera was in the closet and not set up for the lighting situation so it took a while to adjust, and knowing that these creatures are extremely shy, I started aiming and focusing way before I approached the sliding door. I think I'll leave the camera on the kitchen counter for a while! Learn more about this stunning creature, here:

Canon EOS 350D
1/125s f/5.6 at 330.0mm iso800 full exif

other sizes: small medium original
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Mike 22-Jan-2010 15:11
Brilliant red top on this fellow and just love your bokeh! V
Guest 27-Dec-2007 01:13
Elegant little guy :-)
SAL Photography26-Dec-2007 18:09
What a beauty!
Ellie Kanary26-Dec-2007 16:50
Good capture.
Peeka25-Dec-2007 13:09
I would love this visitor! Check out taht Red Head!
Anna Yu24-Dec-2007 17:43
Beautiful bird.
Bill McClung24-Dec-2007 17:42
I'm glad they found your suet feeder and have another neighborhood dining spot. Now, maybe my monthly suet bill will not be so high! BTW, I have found they prefer the inexpensive Garden Treasures brand "Woodpecker Treat" (from Lowe's) over the expensive brands sold at the bird supply stores.
clickertrickdog24-Dec-2007 17:39
Beautiful shot, Isabel. I've never seen a Pileated Woodpecker in person, but my parents who live one mile from me, have seen them in their yard. Great photo subject, for sure.

Judith Barnett24-Dec-2007 16:26
Wow, he certainly has a beautiful crest! Perfect shot and great bokeh!
Patty Church24-Dec-2007 16:15
It looks almost prehistoric! Good catch!
Raymond24-Dec-2007 15:36
Very nice Isabel...
Digipets24-Dec-2007 15:21
Congratulations on the find and the quick moves! Beautiful bird! kris
Guest 24-Dec-2007 15:21
Beautiful! Isn't this just a magnificent bird? It is rare to see them.
Jane24-Dec-2007 15:02
Wonderful capture Isabel!!! Really sharp focus on the bird and I just love the creamy bokeh you get with this lens!