Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus)
Siebenthaler Fen, Beavercreek, Ohio
"Even the woodpecker owes its success to the fact that he used his head."
One of the stranger birds to grace Ohio's trees. A rather shy woodpecker, however it's maniacal call and showy red hairdo make it rather obvious to hear and spot. This crow-sized woodpecker has an impressive drumroll of a peck on the sides of trees. Look for oval-shaped cavities and large wood shavings below the holes at the ground floor. If they're intensely focused enough on searching for insects, you may get lucky with a close look or even a photograph!
In this instance, this woodpecker was out in the open at the local fen as it moved up dead trees one by one. I managed to get a nice vantage point not too far away. Shooting handheld with my 150-600mm telephoto lens, the handful of images were tack sharp to my surprise. Various views of the bird such as perched here and soonafter clinging onto a tree made the day a success.
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