Sunday, 5 November 2017

Preening Pileated

For a while in late Summer, early Fall I was seeing and hearing these birds almost everyday in the woods near home. Mostly hearing since they can be pretty vocal at times. It's not always easy to locate them in the dense woods since they are often in the tops of the highest trees or feeding on or near the ground.  Since I wasn't always in photography mode when they were around getting a chance to take a picture happened infrequently.  This bird was part of a group of three or four, two of which stayed in one place long enough to take a few pictures. They stayed high up in the pine trees and almost out of reach of my camera for acceptable photos but this is the first time I've actually witnessed one preening.  September 9, East Jordan.

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