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Pileated Woodpecker Male (Dryocopus pileatus)

The Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus) is North Americas largest woodpecker a truly impressive and unforgettable bird, for those who are blessed with an opportunity to see and observe them. With its brilliant red crest, loud alarming call, large "crow sized" body, and handsome white wing linings, this bird is a memorable one. For Birders and other nature enthusiasts who spend time outdoors looking for and observing other members of the bird family, catching a glimpse of a Pileated Woodpecker is a rewarding experience and one you will never forget.

For many years I have been trying to get close enough to a male Pileated woodpecker to get some good shots of one. They are very people shy and it is almost impossible to get close to one.

We had just put a peanut butter feeder up to attract small birds like chickadees and nuthatches outside our picture window. I was walking in the house when I looked at the feeder and there was a Pileated woodpecker sitting on the feeder, All I could say was OMG I have to get a picture of this. I snuck in the other room and got my camera a Canon 50D with a 100x200 L Zoom Lens and got down on my hands and knees and crawled close to the window. I had set my camera to the settings I thought I needed and got up and fired away. He was only 6 feet away and he could see my every move. I was lucky to get about a dozen shots of him before he flew away. Talk about a dream coming true. Sometimes you get the shot of a life time when you least expect it.

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Taken on December 26, 2010