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.
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,