Finally… I Have Pictures of the Leucistic Pileated Woodpecker!!
After so many trips to Cedar Falls to shoot pictures of the leucistic pileated woodpecker, without success, that I have lost count, I finally recorded images of the very uncommon bird. A small group of us waited quite a bit of time tonight, actually thinking maybe we would not see it. Then, without notice, the large and mostly gray woodpecker flew directly to the tree we were watching. He paused outside of the hole long enough for us to shoot a few pictures, and then he was gone. It was exciting to see a bird I have waited and watched for so long. I am hopeful that Bob and Linda also recorded pleasing images. And, a 9-year old with his mother and sister also experienced the moment. I hope your pictures are good too. It was great! (Many THANKS to Tom S for sharing the location info!)
For those wondering, leucistic birds have pale, lighter plumage instead of their normal darker coloration. While leucistic birds are not common, they do appear occasionally. In addition to the photos from today of the leucistic pileated woodpecker, I am going to include a photo of a typical pileated woodpecker for comparison.
Leucistic Pileated Woodpecker (final woodpecker image is a typical pileated woodpecker):
Today began great…Andy and I went paddling on the Cedar River. We were hoping to see many bald eagles, but only saw a few. We aren’t complaining, but were a bit surprised by the low number compared to how many were there yesterday.
During the kayak outing we were fortunate to see other birds.
Of interest was this red-shouldered hawk:
We also saw the following waterfowl.
I thought Andy made for a great kayaking model!
Andy Kayaking on the Cedar River: