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Old Apr 17, 2015, 11:06 PM   #1
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stopped off at a nearby park this afternoon to see if i could spot a barred owl or some pileated woodpeckers i'd heard were there. heard the owl(s), but never saw any, and i was actually about to call it a day and go elsewhere, when i heard this fellow working on a tree... he was quite engrossed in his work, and didn't seem particularly concerned as i got within 30 feet or so and started shooting. this shot was taken with ambient light, 325mm, 1/50 sec @ f/6.3, ISO 3200.

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Old Apr 18, 2015, 9:15 AM   #2
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Beautiful! I have yet to see a pileated woodpecker. I'm hoping to go on a birding trip out east where there are quite a few pileated woodpeckers. I'm hoping to get better with my camera before then.

Great shot...30 feet from the bird. That is crazy!! I need to work on my prowess as a stalker. LOL.
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Old Apr 18, 2015, 11:28 AM   #3
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thanks, Lotuslady! i'd only gotten one shot of one of these before, and it wasn't a very good one. this was the first time in the 8 years i've been doing bird photography that i'd been able to get close to one and get good shots, so i was pretty excited! BTW there wasn't much stalking involved... i was out in the open, moving around to get various angles, and the bird was fully aware of me... it just didn't seem to care! i'll be heading back to this spot in a few weeks, to see if there are any babies...
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