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Roan Mountain, TN, USA
When I moved from Austin, TX to Roan Mountain, TN I was excited at the possibility of seeing a Pileated Woodpecker; a bird only found to the counties east of Austin. I was thrilled when I heard the sounds of two of them drumming back and forth when I woke up my first morning in my new home. It was just a few weeks later that I had been working in the back of my property and walked around the front of the house to find this gorgeous male Pileated feasting on bugs in this old stump. Somehow, I managed to sneak up onto the front porch and into the house to get my camera. I took a few shots out the sliding glass door and then snuck back out the front door. He seemed completely unperturbed by me standing on the front porch, at most 15 feet away from him, shooting pictures to my heart’s content. It was at least 10 minutes before he had his fill and flew off. I’m happy to say that I often here him and his mate drumming and calling in the forests nearby. I never tire of hearing and seeing these magnificent birds.
Category 8: Eyewitness
Species: Pileated Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker enjoying the bug buffet
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