Finally, here is the whole story of the day the visiting pileated woodpecker decided the bugs in our old apple tree were worth the risk of me and my camera being on the other side of the window. The tree trunk is only 3 feet from the house. I can't believe he didn't know I was there. The photos are taken through the window so they are not picture perfect, so to speak, but obviously it is better to go with the photo you can get than waiting for some perfect situation!
I was using my Canon Rebel, at least 5 years ago, and a 17-40 lens. No cropping that I remember doing. It is still a happiness to share these once in a lifetime photos. It was totally a true privilege to spend all that time with this busy and determined visitor.
|To set the stage.... what I saw first from where I was sitting, and the only photo of the bird I expected to be able to make.|
|I learned later that the red stripe below the eye is a way to tell it is a male.|
|seeing beneath the feathers|
|These raised-up head feathers happened unexpectedly and briefly -- perhaps a warning of some sort? There may have been some rustling in the leaves on the ground.|
|I love the lines here -- head/beak, elegant neck feathers, claw -- all that plus a single eye!|