Tuesday, March 17, 2009

bird stalker


There's a pair of pileated woodpeckers preparing to nest in the wooded area outside the house where I work. I watch for them whenever we pass by the bay window, pretending that we're standing there to greet the ficus, talking to the baby, "Good morning, friend plant! Hello, great outdoors!" I tell him about all of the edible fungus growing on the trees, all of the critters soaring or scampering by, all of the things we'll do together when he gets bigger... But all the while, I'm hoping for a pileated sighting.

Today was my Lucky Day. I saw both of them, and this one stayed for quite a while, working very diligently on what I assume will be their nesting cavity. The baby was patient while I took three thousand pictures. I put him in the sling and went outside to get a better view, and I'm pretty happy to have managed a couple of reasonably clear shots. We were pretty far away, and I had a wiggling person attached to my torso, so I can't complain.

These birds are interesting, and rather comical, to watch~ and it felt like an honor. I don't care if that sounds cheesy. We rarely see them, and it's usually a glimpse of red and then they vanish. They're huge, but not terribly confident when it comes to a human audience, so this was a treat~

6 comments:

Steph said...

Wow - that's a fantastic photo!

Anna said...

Thanks, Steph! I'm hoping to get a sharper photo one of these days, but I do like this one! :)

cake said...

what a great shot! and i can't believe you saw the pair, and the nesting cavity!

we have seen one in our neighborhood several times. such a treat! a few weeks ago we watched one on campus, in the woods near the president's house. i thought he was working on a nest, but it turned out it was just a bug-rich tree trunk!

Anna said...

Thank you, Cake! I saw a flicker on this same tree a few days later, so I think that's the case here, too~ a buggy buffet!

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