Wednesday 22 April 2015

Pileated Woodpeckers.....birds of the day!

Pileated Woodpecker
Just as we were driving back to leave Sanibel Island I spotted a bird fly across in front of the car into a palm tree..... almost immediately I knew it was a Pileated Woodpecker and fortunately there was a parking area nearby.

Both Hans and I jumped out of the car leaving our wives dumbfounded as we raced to get some photos.
Luckily where we'd parked had a lot of nice shops for the ladies to look around whilst we tracked down the bird.

The next bonus was that it was a "buy one get one free" photo opportunity as there were 2 birds and they were chasing each other up and down and around the tree trunks.

I've still not worked out whether these are a pair, 2 males or 2 females..... need to do some more reading as my book shows the male as having a red crest right over the forehead and also a red moustachial stripe which I don't see on these.

What a treat as they came really close to us.


Unknown said...

Love these Adrian and all your posts from your trip great images as usual

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The double Pileated image is unique! Great stuff.

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Loker Purwokerto said...

birds listed above are woodpeckers, who was fond of eating the limb of a tree (wood), these birds include unique.