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Pileated Woodpecker: male on red pine

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I'd seen a Pileated Woodpecker here at the new place before, and heard one a couple of times, but this morning I heard one close. It then flew down to the base of one of my Red Pines, and while on the ground, started peeling away bark (you can see the area below his feet). You can tell it's a male from the red mustache - the female's is black.

This time, I was able to sneak in and get my camera. Most of my photos of him working from the ground were throwaways because the camera focused on the grass instead of him. But then he went up the tree this far and I got this shot.
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Ginni2

He is gorgeous! You are so lucky he let you get your camera!

pumpkinhead

OH!!!! I AM SO JEALOUS!!! What a great "neighbor" and a most excellent photo, Don!!
We often hear the around. but rarely get to see one, and NEVER have the camera.
Well done!!

Coffeeinbed

I always enjoy and surprised when I see them hanging around my pines. Seems they really like pine trees. :) A few times years ago I managed some photo's of a pair hanging out on my property.
You got a great shot of him.

ringleader

How great of him to let you go get your camera, Don. Neat photo. Thanks.

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