Wednesday, April 25, 2012
PILEATED WOODPECKER - photo by Jonathan Schechter April 17, 2012
The pileated woodpecker is a true master of it's craft. Once seen, never forgotten.
Many birders consider it the most striking forest bird on the continent. I tend to agree!
It is black with bold white stripes down the neck and a flaming-red crest and has a drumming sound that resonates through the forests, be it the rare sighting in a protected woodland in my home area of Oakland County, Michigan, or on a forested mountainside near a steam in the Nantahala National Forest where I photographed this beauty (photo above) on the last day of my Wilderness EMT course! And when a pileated whacks away at a dead tree or fallen log in search of insects it is a primordial sound. The species tends to be shy around humans but last week ago while exploring Congaree National Park's Boardwalk Loop Trail in South Carolina with my little grand niece she got lucky and watched one blast away high on a trail side tree while she stood near the trunk. (photo below)
There is no greater woodpecker!
photo by Jonathan Schechter, April 19, 2012