Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Pileated Woodpecker








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Paddled over to the Village in the afternoon...and out to the A. Rooms and further along the Bike Path after picking up a gator aid....had a good enjoyable lunch...but was thirsty, and sat awhile near the Backpacker's Camp and drank the gator aid....sometimes the sky would cloud over..and cool things off just a little...destination was the Pony Path...but just before the Road, I turned off to the Trail that goes between the Road and the Slope...and glimpsed a Woodpecker...with Big Wings....took some doing, but I located Pileated Woodpecker... Pileated very busy and preoccupied with finding grubs...which gave me time to set up the digi...couldn't quite get that knockdown pic ..but I got some I like...and some clips...it had been so quiet on the walk...and a real treat to find Pileated!...watched for a long time...and the Big Winged Woodpecker disappeared into the Forest....crossed the Road to the Pony Path...quiet all the way to Happy Isles Bridge...where I sat and packed everything away...and two Furiously Flying Mergansers came up the River, by me, and under the Bridge...very cool to see Merganser...both females it looked like...caught the Shuttle to Siberia...dinner with friends...and Shuttled to the Village, and hopped off for the late evening walk...went out through Bobcat Meadow...Mama Mallard and tiny Ducklings in the River by Chapel Bridge...clip...went out Lodgepole Point to Creek's End, thinking I couldn't cross without wet boots, but tourists have put down some branches and rocks to step across...crossed over to the Shingle, and stirred up Two Ravens at Owl Log...they hopped up on the Log...pic and clip...and I sat awhile, and Ravens sat awhile, enjoying the evening by the River...and it was quiet too...one Mallard flew by going downstream....sunny hot blue with fluff puff clouds a little dark underneath...delay on the Mountain Bluebird from yesterday postup...will take some doing to edit the pics!...

Blog of the Day (another 'widlife' photog!')

http://www.kiwifoto.com/blog/2008/07/14/white-mountains-mammoth-lakes-mono-lake-bodie-and-yosemite/

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