Pileated Woodpecker (Male) Portrait [Explore]

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    This afternoon, I took a walk through William Hawrelak Park that ended up being very productive (squirrels, crows, BIF ducks, BIF gulls) as well as this male Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus).

    He moved in and out of the sun. The sun angle was just about ideal for this capture. One can even see the outline of the head under the red crest.

    The brown specks on the bill are particles of dirt. He had been picking into the ground before. Note also the tongue sticking out.

    I have quite a few more captures, and also of his mate, some of which I will post to my photostream in the next few days. This photo is full sensor size, no crop. Exif reports 3.22 m distance.

    It was an amazing feeling to observe these beautiful and majestic birds. A group of joggers ran by as I was taking the photos. I pointed out the Pileated Woodpecker to them and they also admired the beauty of these birds.

    This image is the exclusive property of its author, Roger P. Kirchen, and is protected by Canadian and international copyright laws. The use of this image, in whole or in part, for any purpose other than the private online viewing, including, but not limited to copying, reproduction, publication (including web sites and blogs), "hotlinking", storage in a retrieval system (other than an internet browser as part of its normal operation), manipulation and alteration (digital or otherwise), transmission in any form or by any means (such as, but not limited to: electronic, mechanical, photocopying, photographing, recording) is expressly prohibited without the prior written permission by Roger P. Kirchen.
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      I really like this one... very sharp!

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      Wondeful capture love the detail and the coloring what hansome little boy

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