Saturday, November 3, 2018

Surprising Sight

I spotted this Pileated Woodpecker in the gardens at the Veterans Centre at the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre as it bounced all around the trunk of this tree. The pic was taken through a window and the bird was about 150 ft away and moving so much that I didn't get the camera focused but I'm still thrilled to get this pic. These are really large woodpeckers and I haven't seen one in many years and didn't expect to see him in the city.   
Taking part in Saturday's Critters. Click HERE to see more creatures from around the world.

25 comments:

Andy said...

Lucky you. I can count on one hand the number of Pileated Woodpeckers that I have seen in my lifetime.

Kate said...

Being alert to opportunities is always a good idea!

eileeninmd said...

Hello, Awesome capture of the Pileated woodie. They are fun to watch and hear.
Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Oh well done Pat, despite the distance and speedy movement of the woodpecker you got a super shot. We don't have woodpeckers in Australia, we have tree creepers apparently ☺

William Kendall said...

I have seen them more often out in the countryside.

GreenComotion said...

The Jackhammer bird :)
Lovely sighting and nice capture!
Happy WE, Pat.

jennyfreckles said...

Wow, what a great find. Looks handsome even in a slightly fuzzy pic. You did very well to capture it.

s.c said...

Wow, you can’t miss such bird. Great

Adam Jones said...

I do enjoy seeing the different Woodpeckers from around the world. This one is really nice.

Sharon said...

How thrilling to see this fellow. We don't see them down this way at all. Very lucky!

Catalyst said...

Good catch. We have Ladder Backed Woodpeckers that visit here from time to time but they're not nearly as stylish as this fellow.

bill burke said...

Great capture, Pat. I've never seen any kind of woodpecker before. Thanks for sharing.

Anne Hagman-Niilola said...

Amazing bird!

Taken For Granted said...

You got a great shot of this rare bird. Well done.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

What a great siting and you got such a good photo! They are big and loud! We haven't seen one in awhile here! Hugs!

Lowell said...

At that distance, you were lucky to get a shot at all. Great job, Pat. Love these birds unless they're pecking right outside my bedroom window! They can drive one crazy. Sure are pretty, though.

Kay said...

Bravo! Good for you! I don't think I've ever seen a Pileated. And woodpeckers are in seemingly constant motion. Great shot under the circumstances.

Lea said...

What a wonderful sighting! I have not seen one in years!

Linda said...

I see one every once in a while. Beautiful birds!

Anu said...

Hello. You are lucky! It is a great woodpecker!

Lowcarb team member said...

What a great capture - lovely to see this bird.

All the best Jan

Jack said...

He is a good-looking gentleman.

21 Wits said...

We have a lot of these right here in my own yard!

Revrunner said...

These birds are so breathtaking!

Jenn said...

Neat! I don't know if I have ever seen any kind of woodpecker, I think I have heard them though.