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Dryocopus pileatus M

Dryocopus pileatus M
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Copyright: Derek Grant (PeakXV) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 121 W: 0 N: 544] (3135)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-05-02
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 650D, Canon 100-400mm EF f/4.5-5.6 L IS USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/2000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-05-05 9:53
Viewed: 1725
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus) is a very large North American woodpecker, roughly crow-sized, inhabiting deciduous forests in eastern North America, the Great Lakes, the boreal forests of Canada, and parts of the Pacific coast.

Adults are 40 to 49 cm (16 to 19 in) long, span 66 to 75 cm (26 to 30 in) across the wings and weigh 250 to 400 g (8.8 to 14 oz), with an average weight of 300 g (11 oz). Each wing measures 21.4 to 25.3 cm (8.4 to 10.0 in), the tail measures 14 to 17.4 cm (5.5 to 6.9 in), the bill is 4.1–6 cm (1.6–2.4 in) and the tarsus measures 3.1–3.8 cm (1.2–1.5 in)

They are mainly black with a red crest, and have a white line down the sides of the throat. They show white on the wings in flight. The flight of these birds is strong and direct but has an undulating quality, similar to the relatively unique flight-style of all woodpeckers. Adult males have a red line from the bill to the throat, in adult females these are black.

The call is a loud, far-carrying laugh, sometimes described as a "jungle bird" call due its wild, un-fettered quality. The Northern Flicker, which is very different looking and weighs about half as much as a Pileated, has a similar-sounding call but has a weaker voice. Its drumming can be very loud, often sounding like someone striking a tree with a hammer.


The above paragraph from wiki is very accurate. There has been a pair nesting in the forest behind the house and I've suspected someone cutting down one of my trees with an axe .... only to find this bird having a feast. Their laugh can give you quite a freight, especially when they sneak up on you in a silent forest. It's very reminiscent of an Native American war yelp as heard in an old Western film.


Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Piciformes
Family: Picidae
Genus: Dryocopus
Species: D. pileatus


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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2013-05-05 10:00]

Hello Derek
Great shot of this interesting bird...lovely colours, great details..I like the blue of the sky in BG.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-05-05 11:42]

Waaw Derek,what a capture,so close the woodpecker and whit a spectacular perfection of details and colors,magnificent wings position too!Have a nice week and thanks,Luciano

Ciao Derek, great capture of lovely in-flight bird, perfect focus, fine details, splendid sharpness and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Derek
Superb photo, perfectly still, good moment to capture, excellent detail.
regards yiannis

Awesome picture, beautiful details. well done.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2013-05-06 6:40]

Beautiful image of this woodpecker..good background and colors. tfs.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2013-05-07 16:09]

Hello Derek,
Incredible image!!! I would love to just get a shot period, let alone a closeup like this. I really like the unique features of this bird which your image shows off so nicely. Just look at the clarity in it's eye, even though you captured this shot while inflight. Awesome!!

Hi Derek,

You done good! You must have gotten really close to capture this breath-taking photo Well done. The POV with red head and blue make it.


Hallo Derek
A great photograph of this Pileated Woodpecker in flight.I am sure images like these aren’t easy to capture but you sure make it look effortless. Fantastic sharpness and composition, your point of view is just great, lovely bright colours too. I also like the light in the image. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

Impressive in flight photo Derek! Interesting composition, wonderful pose, fantastic colours and very good sharpness!

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  • Tina Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 60 W: 0 N: 132] (1427)
  • [2013-05-08 21:53]

Hi Derek,
What a capture !!! So many beautiful details ! Nice light and colours too ! TFS Tina

Bonjour Derek,
Bonne coordination de la vitesse et de la profondeur de champ permettant d'apprécier, dans une belle lumière, la finesse des détails et la délicatesse des couleurs.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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