Neeley's Point

February 28, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

One day while at a small peninsula known as Neely's Point located on the north shore of Lake Arthur at Moraine State Park I noticed a lot of rectangular holes pecked into trees which I assumed were created by a Pileated Woodpecker.  Within minutes I found one working the wood in the trees above in search for food.  It fled down the shoreline and didn't return.  Since I don't have any photographs of this species of woodpecker I settled on a return trip one evening to wait for a return of my Pileated Woodpecker.  I didn't see him on that day but I was lucky to see a male Red-Bellied Woodpecker and got the shot.  Until now I only had photos of female Red-Bellied Woodpeckers so it wasn't a wasted trip. 

Male Red-Bellied WoodpeckerRed-bellied Woodpecker (Male)

Red-bellied Woodpecker (Canon EOS 7D, Canon 300mm 2.8L, 2X EF Extender III, f/5.6 @ 600mm, 1/200, ISO 640)

 

The few hours I waited at Neely's Point wasn't boring.  I was entertained by a couple little Red Squirrels that kept circling me and chattering.  I suppose they couldn't figure out why I was sitting so long in their territory.

Red Squirrel (Canon EOS 7D, Canon 300mm 2.8L, 2X EF Extender III, f/5.6 @ 600mm, 1/640, ISO 640)

 

You can see more photos of this kind in my forest birds and mammals galleries.

Until next time,

Dan

 


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