I got LUCKY! I got this guy!
How cool is that! It's a Pileated Woodpecker. I've been trying to catch one for 3 years now. They are shy & pretty much stay away if anyone is outside. They are actually quite big - known as the crows of the woodpecker world because they are big, kind of clumsy & very loud. Yep, that's how I heard him! I heard the noisy wingspan as he was flying to that tree. Then I heard his loud pecking at the tree. I had to be very careful to stalk the tree with minimal noise as not to scare him off. Got it! Then he flew away when I tried to step just a little closer, but I was able to catch him on video as well. I was shooting in weird light too. Against the sun, but in a very black shady area, so I'm happy that I got anything at all.
The photo image isn't as clear as I'd like, but I'm glad I got anything at all.
I didn't get any other bird photos...they all seem to disappear when I appear! Little stinkers. I can hear them in the front of the acreage when I'm in the back & vice versa.
I did get a Mockingbird on the video, the Pileated Woodpecker & a really sharp image of a dragonfly.
Oh & a vulture in flight. I have to practice up on flying birds. They are hard to track in flight!
If possible, watch the video in HD for a better image.
~As always, be kind to your pets, clean up after your travels & respect your neighbor~