Perhaps it is a sign that fall is coming– there seems to be more woodpecker activity than usual around our house: Northern Flickers, Downy and Hairy woodpeckers, and Red-breasted sapsuckers. Often they are either just out of range for a good photo, or else I can’t get my camera out in time.
But yesterday I was lucky to get some good shots of a male Pileated as he hunted for insects in some rotting logs. You can tell it’s a male by the band of red along his jaw. We also saw his mate and heard them both chattering as they flew around. This handsome fellow was quite bold and not even my rambunctious almost six- year-old grandson could put him off his meal. We were only about 10 metres away from the woodpecker when I took his picture with a 400 mm zoom.