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Pileated Woodpecker by juddpatterson Pileated Woodpecker by juddpatterson
Big and noisy, the Pileated Woodpecker is really a treat to view. I spotted this male in Banff National Park in Alberta. I really wasn't expecting this species up there, but I was thrilled! He and his partner were absolutely demolishing a dead tree to find food for their three chicks.

300mm f/4
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Falken02 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013
Awesome creature :D
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Cerado Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011
aww!
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Eltasia Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2009
:note: You have been featured in my journal [link] and [link] :iconheartemote:
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sillverrfoxx Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2009
Great shot, I chased 2 of these through the woods for 45 minutes last week and couldn't sneak close enough for a clear shot... oh well, at least I know where they are hanging out. :D
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ogiedomane Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2009
this photo has been featured in "Backyard Beauties and Critters" in my journal thank you for lending your art to this project..

Luca :iconogiedomane:
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nitsch Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2009   Photographer
Impressive shot.
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bad95killer Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2009
Fantastic capture :)..they are sooooo big. i couldn't believe my eyes when i spotted them last week for the first time.
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PeterJCoskun Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2009
this is featured in my journal! [link]
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tuftedpuffin Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2009
Wonderful shot. I only know of one reliable place to spot them in this area, and I've been trying to get a decent photo for over a year, but they always fly away!
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bad95killer Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2009
i would love to see this woodpecker in person...i know its so big comparing to other woodpeckers :D
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juddpatterson Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2009
It is impressive to view. There are also several other big woodpecker species in Central/South America that I have to go and try to see someday!
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bad95killer Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2009
sound great, i have only seen two so far :)
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siskin Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
these red feathers on the green background are just irresistible :boogie:
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scootergirl762 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2009
Featured in my journal today [link] :heart:
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juddpatterson Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2009
Thanks so much!
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scootergirl762 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2009
You're welcome :D
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MsCrys Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2009
One of my all-time favorite birds. Great shot!
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The-Avel-Fairy Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2009
Awesome shot :clap:. he looks like a big ol' dionosaur with feathers
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KirlianCamera Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2009  Professional Photographer
any tips for holding a large telephoto as this and producing so sharp images!!

this is great!!
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juddpatterson Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2009
Thanks so much! Image Stabilization really, really helps in situations like this...enabling me to drop to 1/100 and still obtain sharp images (some are blurry too). Since it's digital, I don't hold back when shooting and a few will almost always have the critical sharpness that is my aim.
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KirlianCamera Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2009  Professional Photographer
thanks mate. I guess my mistake was reserving the IS for slower shutter speeds. I will remember to always use it at speeds slower than the lens's focal range.

By the way, your gallery is fantastic, it makes me wanna give up everything and travel and see what you have seen!
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dcwalker Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2009
Amazing! I hear them all the time in the summer but never get to see them up close- at least not for long. Beautiful colors, too.
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jayshree Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Those colors just jump right out at you.
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dove-51 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Wonderful shot. I had a pair show up in my yard last spring. They were so busy chasing each other around that I managed to get a couple of decent shots.
My husband often sees them in our back pasture and we keep track of sightings.
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EarthHart Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
You can seethe shirt here Ivory-billed Oddie
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juddpatterson Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2009
Fascinating story and a great looking shirt. Thanks for sharing!
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scootergirl762 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2009
So crisp - I love these birds and this is an excellent shot of one!
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Eltasia Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2009
Gorgeous!
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RemiGarciaPhoto Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2009  Professional Photographer
Great shot !!
love the way you get at the same level as its eyes !!! :clap:
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EarthHart Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Reminds me of the Ivory-billed Woodpecker, extinct or critically endangered, who knows :(
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juddpatterson Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2009
It sure does bring back thoughts of the Ivory-billed...I've been on searches for that bird in the panhandle of Florida. It didn't dare show itself while myself and two other photographers were ready with an arsenal of cameras and lenses. Maybe next time!
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EarthHart Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
There's said to be some on Cuba. Back in the late '80s,
I designed an applique sweatshirt with an Ivory-billed on it,
for Bill Oddie, a friend & Wildlife TV presenter. It had an "Extinct" badge on it.
He was going to the annual dinner of the International Council for Bird Preservation ICBP.
There, he found out that two had been seen on Cuba.
He phoned me the following morning telling me we had an order for an ExL. for ICBP.
Later we found out it was given to President Fidel Castro.
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Ghost-Dreamer Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2009
Gorgeous shot, the colours are stunning. I love the stance you've captured him in, very natural for a woodpecker and yet a very different way to portray a bird, well done.
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Taitai03 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2009  Student Photographer
What can I say... Just awesome...
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