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Old Jan 14, 2009, 4:13 PM   #1
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Took this today with the 645 300.



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Old Jan 14, 2009, 7:07 PM   #2
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Hey Tom,That is a wonderful shot of the Pileated Woodpecker! I think you are having way to much fun with that lens. :G
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Old Jan 14, 2009, 7:19 PM   #3
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Great shot....turns me green with envy. I almost never see these guys.

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Old Jan 14, 2009, 8:24 PM   #4
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To my eyes, the tree bark looks a tad more in focus than the bird...a nice image never the less.
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Old Jan 14, 2009, 9:14 PM   #5
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Looks like he's been visiting that tree more than once!

Nice image.

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Old Jan 14, 2009, 10:03 PM   #6
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He/She was bouncing around so much that getting the bird in focus was a real problem, not to mention the constant moving of the head up and down.

These birds can really wreck a tree in no time, the tree in the photo had no marks on it before the woodpecker got there and this was after less than 5 minutes.

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Old Jan 14, 2009, 10:39 PM   #7
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It's pretty amazing to watch those guys at work. I can't believe how quickly they can dig a deep cavity in a tree. That's a great shot. I've tried to get pictures of woodpeckers in the past but they usually dart around too fast. I can rarely get them in the frame, never mind focus properly! Lately, however, I've been too busy. I haven't even picked up the camera in several weeks. Clearly I need to get out more!
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I too am envious of you. I see one of these maybe every 6 months or so but never close enough to get a photo. Not a bad photo at all considering the herky jerky movements they have. Sitting still is not an option for these guys.

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Admirable!

Focusing a woodpecker is like focusing the ball in a table tennis match.

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Old Jan 15, 2009, 7:25 AM   #10
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I still have to go through quite a few photos that I took since these guys are so hard to get close to around here, I did manage to shoot half a 4Gig card in RAW trying to get the one moment when it was not moving.

It just amazed me at how fast it could tear up a tree with bark and wood flying all over the place. It is about the size of a Crow with a 30" wingspan and from what I have read this is a female, since the red crown goes all the way to the bill on the male.

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