Pileated Woodpeckers

These images of Pileated Woodepeckers are more than simple images to which I received an overwhelming response to one posted yesterday on Facebook.  They are part of the story I want to tell with my photography.   I had the opportunity to return yesterday for a couple of hours to observe and photograph these birds again.  What a difference it makes to spend time listening and watching in a natural setting, immersing  myself in what is such a contrast to the lives most of us lead in a human constructed world.   I could feel the intelligence of these beautiful birds going about their life.   The two young ones kept popping out of the hole in expectation of the arrival of their Mother. One of them particularly looked at me standing there watching.   The Mother was off in the woods gathering food which appeared to be entirely grubs found from her pecking in dead trees.  She only returned once or twice each hour, every time with a beak full of grubs that she deposited in the open mouths of her young.   In this natural setting less than ten minutes from my house, McKaig Nature Education Center,  I felt surrounded by the sea of intelligence  present, knowing that everything there had its own way of being, of sensing what it was and was not and knowing how to fit in and survive or alter its course.  I knew that the woods, primarily large tulip poplars, was a community that shared the wealth of food, water and minerals through an underground network of fungi.  As I left I walked beside the clear clean waters of Crowe Creek which begins at the top of the hill and flows through theses woods, its watershed.   It eventually enters the Schuylkill River which then flows into the Delaware River, so is a small part of the Delaware River Watershed, where I do much of my photography.  I rejoiced as I recognized that a small piece of this much larger watershed was preserved and doing what it was supposed to be doing to maintain a clean natural environment.

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