Battle of the Woodpeckers

On New Year’s Day, I had just focused my camera on a downy woodpecker and snapped two quick shots, when a pileated woodpecker gave its jungle cry, swooped into the picture, and chased away the downy. The following three pictures were taken within seconds of each other.

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15 mph

That’s the speed at which a pileated woodpecker’s head travels while pecking / hitting a tree. The photo below (taken yesterday) is what prompted me to look up that detail. The photo captured the bird’s red head crest in motion, something I’d never noticed before.

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November 20, 2013 - Pileated woodpecker