Thanks for visiting my SmugMug Photo site. Please leave comments! You can also email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and visit my website at www.aMontanaView.com and Facebook aMontanaView on Facebook About me: I live south of Missoula, Montana on the west side of the Bitterroot valley. Many of my photos are taken here in western Montana, but also around the world. I love being outdoors. I hike, bike, fish, hunt, ski and ALWAYS take photos. As much time as I spend outdoors, one needs to eat. You might see photos of food on these treks as I explore the sights, flora and fauna. I use a Canon 7D and 5D Mark III (with a few lenses and tripods) and shoot in RAW. I process my photos into JPG with Adobe Lightroom with as few adjustments as possible.
Pileated Woodpecker near Sweathouse Creek
Read about the slideshow at Merle's Outdoor Recreation Articles on Examiner.com Last winter, I saw a pileated near Sweathouse Creek where I cross and begin one of my hikes. This summer, I have continually seen 3 Pileated Woodpeckers and as time goes on they are becoming more familiar with me and giving me time to take photos. That is amazing to me especially because I have my Chesapeake puppy with me most of the time. I know when I will see them because I hear their loud, ringing calls as I approach the creek crossing. The Pileated Woodpecker lives throughout North America and as the third largest woodpecker, it is slightly smaller than the American Crow. The feathers appear to be black, has a long tail used as a brace when chiseling and sports the characteristic red crest. They live in both coniferous and decidous forests living year round (they don't migrate) in large, dead trees called snags. Pileated Woodpeckers are monogamous, staying with the same mate for life. For more interesting facts visit my source of information Pileated Woodpecker Central.com.Read More