Another Pileated Woodpecker has fledged. This makes the fourth from our two pairs of resident parents. We saw the adults showing behavior that suggested they were feeding a fledgling deeper in the woods. Finally, they brought her to a tree near the house.
The other day my husband came inside from sitting on the deck to tell me that I had missed the greatest photograph ever. He saw the parent feeding the fledgling on a branch and he knows how badly I have wanted to catch the moment with the camera. "The lighting was just perfect!" he said, "it would have been great." I snarked that I had a bigillion such missed opportunities on a weekly basis. You know all of them; you don't have the camera with you, the camera has the wrong lens on it, etc., etc., etc.
But I knew that sooner or later I would see the feeding and have my camera at the ready. Not on a branch, not in perfect light, but at least on the right side of the tree. [NOTE: For some reason, the photographs look very dark if you have your laptop tilted too far so you might have to adjust it.]
The little girl waits on the tree.
Her mother comes back from the suet and lands alongside.
Finally! They do not go up under the leaves or crawl behind the tree.
They actually feed right before my eyes.
One more mouthful.
And then they break apart. Notice that there is little size difference between the adult and the juvenile.
The mother turns her head. Perhaps there have been too many camera clicks.
Together they fly off deep into the woods.
If you are reading this, I assume you still have Internet access after the Feds shut down the temporary fix for the "Doomsday" virus causing thousands of infected computers to be unable to connect to the Internet. It is frightening to think of the horrid things evil people can do to so many people in our electronic world, isn't it?
I hope your week is starting well. Temperatures across the mid-west and eastern US are expected to moderate a bit. And we hope for the rain to stop in the UK and Russia. We definitely have some global "weirding" going on.