I need to convince this guy gal to come in the afternoons -it’s getting WAY too dark to shoot in the mornings… ISO 1600 and 3200. Nice to see a new visitor to the feeder.
The pileated woodpecker is the largest of the woodpeckers that live in our area. This gal (just learned – black stripe at mouth = female) comes swooping in and with that angular look and long black back it looks a bit like a vampire… to me at least it does.
1. Landing for food
2. When you’re this heavy the little cage on the feeder closes on you. She tried a few pecks at the plastic… not so successful.
3. After some careful studying she realized that there was a small opening still available.
4. Success – sometimes it’s not so easy being big… hard work for some small seeds.
I hope that as the winter goes on she’ll become more tolerant of my photography. I had to shoot through the door for these… Once I opened it – she was GONE