My Honorable Adversary

AKA “that dirty bird!”

I was looking out the French doors early this afternoon when I spotted IT!  Yes, if you look very carefully, you can see a little bright red spot right about dead center in the photo below.

That is the head of the Pileated Woodpecker.  This is a very large woodpecker with a distinct pecking sound that rivals a jackhammer!  He was up in the woods behind the house,  probably about 200 feet away.

I had called Michelle to grab my Nikon camera so I could try to get a shot of the bird, but these birds are so shy, they fly as soon as they sense a human anywhere near them!  I suppose if they lived in a more populous area, they wouldn’t be quite so coy, but here in the Bristolwood, I have never been able to capture one with the camera.

True to form, just as soon as I stepped my foot outside the door, the bugger heard…saw…whatever, and decided to take flight!  The good news is I was foreward-thinking enough to try to capture the bird as it flew overhead! (I was always HORRIBLE at skeet shooting)

So, here are two (very humble) attempts to catch the stinker above my head…..

These photos were taken with my long lens, handheld. Of course, the sky was a putrid shade of grey, causing the bird to appear a dismal grey color as well.  If only the sun would have shone upon its head to show that glorious bright red color.  Ah well….

We WILL meet again, bird! Until then………

4 Responses

  1. Those two lower pictures are remarkable in their detail given the fact he’s running (well, flying) away.

    Hope your headache’s fully gone now.

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