Sunday, November 9, 2014

Pileated Woodpecker

This odd-looking photograph was taken on a heavily overcast summer day. The picture, taken with a very low shutter speed, captures the essence of a Pileated Woodpecker feeding on the ground—which they do on occasion, when not drilling into woodland trees. The woodpecker uses its long, barbed tongue and sticky saliva to feed on ants and other arthropods, which they extract from tunnels in rotten wood and in the dirt.

The second photo was taken on a bright, November 2014 day of a Pileated Woodpecker at one of our suet feeders. For about 30 minutes, the woodpecker also worked decaying trees in the backyard.

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