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Had this close encounter with the famous cartoon character in Cades Cove in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Watched him for about 15 minutes rip into this log for his breakfast!


  • Dawn B Davies-McIninch
    Dawn B Davies-...over 5 years ago

    a wonderful clear shot mountainhawk, well done,dawnxx

  • Thanks. It was fun watching him rip apart that log!

    – MountainHawk

  • kathy s gillentine
    kathy s gillen...over 5 years ago

    Fantastic capture

  • Thanks. Woodpeckers have always facinated me and this guy is king!

    – MountainHawk

  • Christopher  Ewing
    Christopher E...over 5 years ago

    Excellent shot mike!! these guys are hard to get unless the mrs is screaming bring home some termites or else!! and then you can capture
    the exposure is Awesome!!
    excellent detail

  • Thanks! I agree as I have lots of pics of these guys but this is the first one I felt good about posting. Got some action shots of him throwing wood but his head is a little out of focus so not sure if I want to post any of them.

    – MountainHawk

  • Cathy  Beharriell
    Cathy Beharriellover 5 years ago

    Great shot!

  • Thanks! It was great to have such a close encounter!

    – MountainHawk

  • KatsEye
    KatsEyeover 5 years ago

    Beautiful and great capture.

  • Thanks! It was fun watching him!

    – MountainHawk

  • Anthony Pierce
    Anthony Pierceover 5 years ago

    One of my favorite things about the cove is hearing the woodpeckers. Hardly ever see them but do occasionally. Great capture.

  • Thanks! I hear them all the time in the Smokies. Get lucky and see them flying or from a distance. But this was the first time I ever had one not only up close BUT STAYED AROUND!

    – MountainHawk

  • JanT
    JanTover 5 years ago

    I love fellow redheads. Perhaps you should enter this in the Redheads group.
    What remarkable clarity and coloration you captured! How is this poor chap supposed to blend? Or with what, do you know?

  • Thanks Jan! Not really sure what purpose the red serves. Pileated Woodpeckers are usually found in dense woods or forest so the black color does help them blend into the trees. I see them often in Cades Cove which is an Auto route loop in the national park so the wildlife is well accustomed to seeing lots of people. But this is the best photo opp I have had to date with this – the largest of the Woodpeckers!

    – MountainHawk

  • JanT
    JanTover 5 years ago

    That’s right. I forget that these are large woodpeckers. I’ll google to get their size again. Pretty sure we don’t see them up here. Too bad, too.

  • cdudak
    cdudakover 5 years ago

    Great shot, I never get to see one, just hear them….Kay

  • Thanks Kay! Perhaps you will get the pleasure of seeing one soon! They are wonderful to watch!

    – MountainHawk

  • Daniel J. McCauley IV
    Daniel J. McCa...over 5 years ago

    Beauty! Terrific color & detail! Superb capture, Mike!

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