This is the first shot of the Pileated Woodpecker that I am going to use taken with my new camera, the Canon 50D and zoom lens Sigma 150-500mm. Taken from my patio door, I am quite pleased with the results. Could be sharper, but will take some practice. That is some heavy lens! Taken at Anola, Manitoba.

  • Size: 40-49 cm (16-19 in)
  • Wingspan: 66-75 cm (26-30 in)
  • Weight: 250-350 g (8.83-12.36 ounces)
  • Red crest on head.
  • Black body.
  • White in wings, at base of primaries, and underwing linings.
  • White conspicuous in flight; at rest shows only as small white spot at front of wing.
  • Black and white stripes on face.
  • White stripe extending from base of bill down neck.
  • White stripe above eye and below crown.
  • Throat white.
  • Bill thick and silvery gray.
  • Yellowish feathers over nostrils.
  • Legs and feet grayish black.
  • Eyes yellow.
    Sexes are similar, male has red crown and forehead and red in black mustache stripe. Female has gray to yellow-brown forehead and no red in mustache stripe. The juvenile is similar to the adult, but has shorter crest and brown eyes.
    Found in deciduous or coniferous forests with large trees.
    Their food is insects, primarily carpenter ants and wood-boring beetle larvae, fruits, and nuts. They are foraging birds that gleans from branches, trunks, and logs. Makes deep rectangular excavations in trees and logs. Pries off long slivers of wood to expose ants.
    Their nest is a cavity in tree, usually dead tree. Cavity unlined except for wood chips. Eggs are white; usually 4-6, and are hatched hairless and helpless.
    Pileated Woodpecker populations declined greatly with the clearing of the eastern forests. The species rebounded in the middle 20th century, and has been increasing slowly but steadily in most of its range. Only in Arkansas do numbers seem to be going down.

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  • WayoftheWarrior
    WayoftheWarriorover 5 years ago

    great shot, I have been trying for two years to get one of these

  • thank you Tony. This guys hangs about in my front yard. Appreciate your comments.

    – Vickie Emms

  • Tracy Faught
    Tracy Faughtover 5 years ago

    Wow! Great capture Vickie! These guy’s are really beautiful. Great info as well!

  • so long! I had no idea, I better shorten that up a bit, lol. Thanks hon for taking the time to view and comment.

    – Vickie Emms

  • Cora Wandel
    Cora Wandelover 5 years ago

    Vickie, a great shot of Woody!

  • thank you Cora. I’m trying to get a really good one,,,,,,,,

    – Vickie Emms

  • Lois  Bryan
    Lois Bryanover 5 years ago

    Oh, I’m greeeeen with envy!!!!! That LENS!!! AND a pileated!!! OOOOO Vickie … can I be YOU for a few days?? Can I? Huh Huh?? Can I? Pretty pleeeease????

  • Vickie Emms
    Vickie Emmsover 5 years ago

    if you wanna be 39 instead of 29 sure!! hahaha. I am glad you like my pet bird hon. I didn’t know it was at the tree this morning till I pulled the blinds open and it saw me!! I might have gotten another shot at it. This was taken the other day. Thanks ever so much for your visit as always, love your comments. If I get a better one I’ll upload it,,,,,,,,,if not, you can try with my new outfit :0)))

  • PrairieRose
    PrairieRoseover 5 years ago

    FAB shot with the new camera Vickie!! What a delightful image……… these guys!!! :)))

  • thank you very much Rose……..

    – Vickie Emms

  • Stephen Thomas
    Stephen Thomasover 5 years ago

    Great capture of this wonderful woodpecker!

  • thanks very much Stephen

    – Vickie Emms

  • Stan Wojtaszek
    Stan Wojtaszekover 5 years ago

    I’d be happy with this too, Vickie.

  • thanks very much Stan, I appreciate your comments and mail :-)

    – Vickie Emms

  • DottieDees
    DottieDeesover 5 years ago

    Lucky you getting this shot of the pileated…I can’t get a good one…even bought the woodpecker thing like is on this tree and they haven’t touched it…! You did really good with your new camera, Vickie…can’t wait to see more!

  • thank you very much hon, I will keep trying

    – Vickie Emms

  • Helen Phillips
    Helen Phillipsover 5 years ago

    Beautiful shot Vickie, I have never seen a woodpecker in the wild, thanks for sharing.

  • thanks so much for stopping to view Helen, glad you like it

    – Vickie Emms

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