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    Two from the bucket list... Swallow-tailed Kite and Pileated Woodpecker

    I have been trying to get acceptable photographs of these two birds for some time. It just didn't happen, either too far away or in deep shadows etc.. Well that changed. The Swallow-tailed Kite I captured flying over the golf course in my backyard. The Pileated Woodpecker I captured Monday morning, there were three of them flitting around opening up logs and eating ants. C&C welcomed and appreciated. Thank you for viewing.

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    Re: Two from the bucket list... Swallow-tailed Kite and Pileated Woodpecker

    I can't believe how close you appear to be to the woodpeckers Joe,

    Amazing shots that really show a bird's "dinosaur" origins.

    The Kites are beautiful too.

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    Re: Two from the bucket list... Swallow-tailed Kite and Pileated Woodpecker

    Very nice series, Joe. The woody is very sharp and detailed. Nicely processed, as usual!

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    Re: Two from the bucket list... Swallow-tailed Kite and Pileated Woodpecker

    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Humphries View Post
    I can't believe how close you appear to be to the woodpeckers Joe,

    Amazing shots that really show a bird's "dinosaur" origins.

    The Kites are beautiful too.
    Hello Dave, the woodpeckers were very special. Normally very elusive this day there was three of them allowing us to get close. The first image on the upright tree trunk maybe 30 to 40 feet away, for the second and third images even closer 15 feet away. In images two and three the dead log was on the ground just to the side of the path. The woodpecker was hammering the log and eating the ants as they would come out of the log. It was so engrossed in that it was possible to approach slowly. Thank you for viewing and commenting.

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    Re: Two from the bucket list... Swallow-tailed Kite and Pileated Woodpecker

    Quote Originally Posted by Otavio View Post
    Very nice series, Joe. The woody is very sharp and detailed. Nicely processed, as usual!
    Hello my friend, thank you for viewing and commenting. I very much appreciate it.

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    Re: Two from the bucket list... Swallow-tailed Kite and Pileated Woodpecker

    Wow I've never seen the Kites before they're beautiful and the woodpecker looks like it's the one they modeled the cartoon Woody the Woodpecker after.

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    Re: Two from the bucket list... Swallow-tailed Kite and Pileated Woodpecker

    What beauties you have there. Excellent shots as usual.

    I have got close to woodies but never a pileated. You are one lucky guy.

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    Re: Two from the bucket list... Swallow-tailed Kite and Pileated Woodpecker

    Quote Originally Posted by RogerCook View Post
    Wow I've never seen the Kites before they're beautiful and the woodpecker looks like it's the one they modeled the cartoon Woody the Woodpecker after.
    Thanks Roger for viewing and commenting. Your comments are spot on regarding the beauty of the Kite and that the cartoon character look like that woodpecker.

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    Re: Two from the bucket list... Swallow-tailed Kite and Pileated Woodpecker

    Quote Originally Posted by Bobobird View Post
    What beauties you have there. Excellent shots as usual.

    I have got close to woodies but never a pileated. You are one lucky guy.
    Thanks Bobo, whenever I look at those images I will remember the day.

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    Re: Two from the bucket list... Swallow-tailed Kite and Pileated Woodpecker

    Stunning images Joe, the woodpecker shots I would expect to see on National Geographic....
    Joanne x

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