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A Pileated evening in Bragg Creek

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About a month ago, I was looking for one of the Great gray owls I sometimes find along the backroads in Bragg Creek.  The owl was nowhere to be found, but I did find a shock of red amidst the autumn yellows turned gold in the late afternoon.

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Descending from the trees, he landed in a long abandoned pile of cut wood and set to pecking and probing for insects.

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After a few minutes, he moved to a stump that was disintegrating into sawdust.  Snow was hidden from the sun in the depression he was hammering and a few crystals stuck to his beak.

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Whether it was a full belly, boredom or the evening’s fast approach, he jumped up on to a tree and circled the trunk while moving upwards.  He pecked here and there but soon took flight through the forest and out of sight.

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11 responses

  1. These birds are in my neighborhood here in south Florida. They act like they own the place!

    November 28, 2016 at 6:55 am

  2. Kenny

    gorgeous views of such a beautiful bird

    November 28, 2016 at 5:42 am

  3. Wonderful pictures!

    November 27, 2016 at 7:15 pm

  4. A fabulous creature in a wonderful setting.

    November 27, 2016 at 8:33 am

  5. I always snap these brilliant guys when I find them albeit not with your skill of course! But I’m always delighted when I stumble upon one 🙂

    November 27, 2016 at 7:25 am

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  7. Pileated woodpeckers are fantastic! We have them in northern Minnesota and their tap, tap, tap has awakened me when camping more than once.

    November 26, 2016 at 11:03 pm

  8. These are grand pics. The shot of the bird among the tall trees is a real eye-catcher.

    We don’t have them over here and it is entrancing to see what you’ve caught with your lens.

    Cheers,

    Frank

    November 26, 2016 at 9:39 pm

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    November 26, 2016 at 8:13 pm

  10. Great photographs!

    November 26, 2016 at 7:34 pm

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