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Clearest shot yet of this elusive bird
Lens: DA 300 with 1.4x tc Camera: KP Photo Location: Seagrove, NC Shutter Speed: 1/500s Aperture: F5.6 
Posted By: mahanpots, 10-17-2021, 07:20 AM

A pair of these have been in our woods for months, and I finally got a decent shot. I coaxed out as much detail as I could using Camera raw and Photoshop. I lowered exposure in Camera raw to lower background highlights, then dodged in Photoshop the in-focus areas including bird to bring out details.

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10-17-2021, 07:25 AM   #2
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Ooh nice - these pileated woodpeckers aren't so relaxed to let you get close
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Pleated Woodpeckers are a sight to see. These are very nice captures. These birds formerly visited my area every year. We have a wooded lot directly behind our yard left natural to attract wildlife. Due to continued development in our area, we don't see these great birds very often. Thanks for posting.
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They live around us, we hear them every day, we still hardly ever see them. I have two good images. They walk around the back side of the tree so you can't see them, even when they are close and making a lot of noise. They are truly frustrating birds.

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Very nice shots. Never seen those before.
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Ooh nice - these pileated woodpeckers aren't so relaxed to let you get close
I heard one the recently, and as soon as I spotted him, he turned and looked at me and flew off.

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QuoteOriginally posted by MikeNArk Quote
Pleated Woodpeckers are a sight to see. These are very nice captures. These birds formerly visited my area every year. We have a wooded lot directly behind our yard left natural to attract wildlife. Due to continued development in our area, we don't see these great birds very often. Thanks for posting.
Thanks. I love to see them darting through the trees.

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They live around us, we hear them every day, we still hardly ever see them. I have two good images. They walk around the back side of the tree so you can't see them, even when they are close and making a lot of noise. They are truly frustrating birds.
Very frustrating, indeed.

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Very nice shots. Never seen those before.
They're quite a big bird, too.
10-17-2021, 09:29 AM   #7
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Nice shots! They are pretty common around this mountainous part of Central Pennsylvania. I have a bird feeder about 15' from my kitchen window and in the winter when I hang out Suet Blocks, they like to feed on those, so I've managed some excellent closeups.

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Nice shots! They are pretty common around this mountainous part of Central Pennsylvania. I have a bird feeder about 15' from my kitchen window and in the winter when I hang out Suet Blocks, they like to feed on those, so I've managed some excellent closeups.
Thanks. These two are feeding kind of up high in a tree on some grapes and/or berries, and I shot these from a 2nd-floor balcony of our house. Maybe I should try some suet.
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In the damp Pacific NW I coax them (and all the other wood peckers) in with suet cakes too,
If you don't mind photos of them on a feeder, I've gotten nice shots of them through the window
But you've got some nice natural shots of them here, good job against that bright sky
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Nice detail.
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Great detail you pulled up.
Interesting bird to study. I'd once been told that they were near extinction.
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Great detail you pulled up.
Interesting bird to study. I'd once been told that they were near extinction.
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Not around my house they aren't. Mine don't come for suet, but in the spring I have seen them and photographed them eating bird seed from the ground.
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Excellent shots! I have only seen one once when I lived in Northern California. I am now in Texas hill country, and I don't believe they are around here. They are pretty common in the eastern parts of Texas.
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