Saturday, February 12, 2011
"Mrs. Elusive" (Pileated Woodpecker)
I could hear her tapping when I stepped out onto the deck. She was in the trees just the other side of the stone wall, beyond the horse paddock. I started out, saying hello to Caspian on the way, and soon found myself sunk in belt high snow. Not the best conditions to sneak up on a Pileated Woodpecker. Although I managed to get fairly close, a clear shot was difficult. Fortunately I had taken the E-3 and the 50-200 lens. ISO 1000 @ 200mm (400mm - 35mm equivalent)
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Note: I've corrected the title for this image as I believe this is a female Pileated, per the black stripe below the eye.