Below is a photo of a red-headed woodpecker. My goal is to photograph each species of woodpeckers within my community. I have four out of six.
This red-headed woodpecker was an unusual surprise. I am accustomed to seeing a woodpecker pecking the trunk of a tree in search of food. This woodpecker decided it is easier to swoop and fly for that parcel of food. He flew in, turned sideways picked up the bread and flew off. It was a touch and go maneuver.
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As my friend and I walked the path at Noland Trail in Newport News VA, he noticed a fresh hole in an old tree. We weren’t sure what species made this nest hole. We were curious. So, the next day we brought are our tripods, cameras, and a stool. We set up our equipment about 30 to 40 yards from the base of the tree. The hole was about 40 feet up the tree and we waited patiently. Finally, it paid off. This pileated adult male, one of the most prominent birds of the forest flew in and clung to the trunk of the tree near the nest hole. To my surprise, as he moved to the hole a pileated fledge peeked its’ head out of the hole.
By R Smith