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    Posted March 31, 2010 by
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    Pileated Woodpecker at Medicine Hat


    I was born in Medicine Hat and  while there photographing the 100 year old lightning blasted poplars looked up to a loud noise and caught this rare bird  (rare to southern Canada), above me. I have never seen a woodpecker as large as this one. And I had no telephoto lens.


    The pileated woodpecker prefers deciduous trees and deep forests of Northern Canada but I was reading about its range and in the bird books this 18 inch long beauty sometmes ranges along the great prairie rivers of Canada and prefers old stands of poplar trees, which are of course, filled with all sorts of insects as the old trees are partly rotting, partly growing new branches.

    Photo taken on the South Saskatchewan River.

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