Pileated Woodpecker Chicks (Seven Photographs)

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In an earlier post I showed this nest being built (See it here). We passed by as often as we could and one day we saw the female feeding the new chicks. She left and the male came by, he preferred to feed them inside the nest (the nest must be huge to fit three chicks and the two parents). These photos are all from a feeding by the female. Once the parent arrived a loud bee-like sound came from the chicks. There was about 10 to 30 minutes between feedings to start with and the pauses between them grew to as long as an hour and a half over time. Many photographers chose to wait for hours for their shots. I can understand why; intermittent clouds changed the light in some cases adding a color caste. Someone cleared brush to get a better vantage point (a waste of time in my view and more importantly destructive). The space around the nest grew a bit crowded over time, which was one of the reasons we did not hang around long when we visited. It was a friendly crowd, but still a crowd.

Pileated Woodpecker Chicks

Pileated Woodpecker Chicks-7

Pileated Woodpecker Chicks-6


Pileated Woodpecker Chicks-4

Pileated Woodpecker Chicks-3

Pileated Woodpecker Chicks-2


37 responses

  1. Prize winning photos! Fantastic! I am so happy to see these. The pileated woodpecker is one of my favorite birds but I’ve only ever seen an adult. These photos of hatchlings during feeding are tremendous! Kudos to you and thanks for your sensitivity to their environment.

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    August 26, 2015 at 2:22 am

  2. Just wow!!!!! You are great


    August 26, 2015 at 5:55 am

  3. I agree with others Victor, a unique and marvelous series of captures!


    August 26, 2015 at 6:45 am

  4. Great action shots, Victor, of the feeding. It must have been an amazing sight to see and it’s wonderful that you got so many wonderful shots to allow us to share in the experience.


    August 26, 2015 at 7:21 am

  5. Sue

    How cute are they!!


    August 26, 2015 at 9:21 am

  6. These are wonderful!! So very sweet!


    August 26, 2015 at 10:48 am

  7. wonderful shots, lovely birds.


    August 26, 2015 at 12:46 pm

  8. Superb as always !


    August 26, 2015 at 1:50 pm

  9. Fantastic!


    August 26, 2015 at 4:24 pm

  10. Amazing photos! I wish I could take some like that. 🙂


    August 26, 2015 at 5:21 pm

    • Thanks. You never know what you will see, the last week or so, we have seen nothing.


      August 26, 2015 at 5:33 pm

  11. Fabulous shots Victor! Lovely to see the red plumage coming through on their heads. Especially like the one of the adult with it’s bill so far down the chick’s gullet, that’s a truly great capture.


    August 26, 2015 at 6:18 pm

  12. Incredible shots. Wow. Seriously: wow.


    August 26, 2015 at 9:55 pm

    • It was wonderful. A very interesting shoot, and a great experience. Thanks


      August 26, 2015 at 10:08 pm

  13. incredibly beautiful i have no words for !!!!!!!!


    August 27, 2015 at 3:09 am

  14. You have to be feeling pretty good about these! Lovely!


    August 28, 2015 at 3:23 pm

  15. Incredible!! We dont have woodpeckers where i live…..this family is amazing!!! Can i presume they are being fed regurgitated insects?? Great images!!


    August 28, 2015 at 7:40 pm

    • Thanks. You are correct. The woodpeckers pull creatures from the trees they excavate.


      August 28, 2015 at 7:44 pm

  16. Lovely captures of the family!!


    August 29, 2015 at 12:31 am

  17. Great photos!!! Best wishes Opher


    August 30, 2015 at 8:01 am

  18. And the pileated is a pretty big woodpecker, right? So lucky to both see & capture them in beautiful photos!!!


    October 17, 2015 at 11:18 am

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