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Old Sep 18, 2011, 5:32 PM   #1
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This guy made my day, they are so cool but are the most bashful bird i've ever seen. You can hear them from like a mile away (sound like a jungle bird) but if they see you they take off. I got lucky today the wife and I were taking a walk at the lake and we shadowed this guy down a deserted road for about a 1/4 mile. Every time we'd get about 60-80 yards from him he'd fly a little farther down the road. Took about 100 pics and only got a few decent ones because he kept so many trees between him and us. I've never got any decent flying pics so I included these even though they aren't crisp. This guy was about 18 inches long.
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Old Sep 18, 2011, 5:40 PM   #2
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These are from January out my back window, he still would stay on the other side of the trees for the most part even though I think I was hiding pretty well. They move quick for as big a bird as they are and they never sit still in the open for long. This guy was at least 2 feet long, bigger than the one I saw today. He had his crown standing up in #3. You can really see how big their body is in the last pic. It's amazing to watch them tear through tree bark, they're like a machine.
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Old Sep 19, 2011, 8:19 PM   #3
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Nice job of getting shots of the Pileated. Have some that live in the woods around my house and never can get a shot, they stay high in the trees and know you are there.

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I have had the same problem, I don't think they like cameras.
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I must agree. Great shots of a very difficult bird to capture.
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