I startled a pileated woodpecker this morning, or I guess we startled each other. I was looking for geese and great blue herons at a local wetland so I had water birds on my mind while beating through the woods, and then suddenly this pileated woodpecker was pounding on a tree right in front of me. I managed to get only one shot before it flew off. It kept taunting me by chattering in the woods nearby, but I never got another clear view. Still, I've never been this close to a pileated woodpecker before, so who's complaining?
|Great blue heron|
|A family of Canada geese|