Saturday, March 17, 2012

Pileated Woodpecker, #40/50

I was sitting in my car, getting ready to leave Loxahatchee NWR, when I heard the ping, ping, ping ping. It was SO loud, I said to myself WHAT IS THAT! and so I got out of the car, looked up and saw this amazing creature, his gorgeous red head blowing in the breeze.  He was continuously pecking, and after just watching him for a few mintues,  I learned to press the shutter  only when his head was up,  and his eye was in the sunlight. This is one of my favorite birds!  This is the male, as he has a red moustachial stripe, the female is below.

Interesting facts:

With the probable extirpation of the Ivory-billed Woodpecker, the largest woodpecker in North America and southern Florida. General black color, large size and long red crest. 


  1. Hola Rachelle una bonita imagen de este pajaro carpintero.Un abrazo

  2. That bird has one funky hair do. A fantastic capture there Rachelle

  3. Beautiful shots, love the first one!
    Have a great day.

  4. Great photos! The color is amazing!!

  5. It is a stunning woodpecker. Might it occur in Mexico too? I was in X-Pu Ha four years ago for my honeymoon and went for a walk along the coast. As I walked past a group of old, disused, hurricane-damaged honeymoon cabins I heard a thundering tap that made me duck - I though I was being shot at! I looked up and saw a large black, red-headed woodpecker on one of the wooden turrets. Beautiful bird and I suspect it was one of these.

  6. Nice one the first woodpecker, beautiful colours


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