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Pileated Woodpecker Taking Off

Asher Kelman

OPF Owner/Editor-in-Chief
So beautiful.

Don, the “Naturalists” who documented American wildlife shot such birds out of the sky to be able to make such a detailed and glorious picture. Yes, Audubon was a great hunter with a gun!

But here you are able to bring us the natural behavior so perfectly illuminated with the ACTUAL feather and plumage detail and colors, and the “free-to-live-bird” safely flies away to enjoy its life!

We are so fortunate to have you, Doug Herr, Chris Calohan, Peter Dexter and others to continually blow our mind with such natural beauty!

Thanks so much!


Don Ferguson Jr.

Active member
Thanks, Asher for the nice comment and it was a sight to see with the pretty white feathers and red on head flying off from the tree. About hunting it has really helped me as I’ve trained myself to be able to quickly acquire the target with my eyes and swing with the camera like I would with a shotgun. I am hoping Canon will come out with a 7DIII that is not mirrorless so I can see the actual live bird in action and still think it may be released before the 2020 Summer Olympics.
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Chris Calohan

Well-known member
At first glance I thought, who, that's a heck of a big branch for the nest....still, though, a great capture. Pileated's are hard buggers to get a decent shot of. Almost as bad as Kingfishers.

Asher Kelman

OPF Owner/Editor-in-Chief
I have seen films of eagles carrying mountain goats away from a rocky edge, but they merely guide them to drop really deep. Then after that kill I guess they have to call an Uber, LOL!