Pileated Woodpecker In Hot Pursuit

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I saw a flash of red followed by another shooting from tree to tree through the forest, a male Pileated Woodpecker in hot pursuit of a female.

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Male Pileated Woodpecker (the red cheek stripe is the male identifier)

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Ahhhh…..she’s just above him in this tree.Β  Can he catch her?

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Male Pileated Woodpecker in hot pursuit

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Alas, the female was quicker on the move.Β  Not giving up, the male continued the chase as they flew deeper into their forest playground.

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49 thoughts on “Pileated Woodpecker In Hot Pursuit

  1. Beautiful pictures, Donna! I didn’t know about the red stripe of the male, but if I ever get a chance to look closely at a pileated woodpecker I will know the difference. Thank you for sharing!

  2. Beautiful woodpecker, probably one the largest woodpecker of the world! Hope they are doing well as Slaty Woodpecker in this area is not so many.
    Great capture Donna!

  3. Pingback: Red-bellied Woodpecker in Hot Pursuit | Photos by Donna

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