Pileated on a Palm

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While searching for some Barred Owls with my sister (which we eventually did find) this lovely Pileated Woodpecker flew into the area and landed right near us. I never seem to get great photos of this species while in Florida so it was a joy to have it so close this time around. I actually had to rotate vertically to fit the whole bird in the frame. They are surprisingly large woodpeckers when you see them close and I would certainly never want to be on the receiving end of that beak. In any case this is my favorite portrait of one to date and I was really glad to have the palm tree background turn out on this one, even though it was really dark under the forest canopy.

• Location: Sebastian, Florida

• Date Taken: 2/28/2019

• Exposure: 1/250 @ f/4

• ISO: 5600 - auto

• Exposure Mode: Aperture Priority

• Focal Length: 500mm

• Lens: Nikon 500mm f/4 VR

• Camera: Nikon D4s


Nature photography has become a very passionate hobby of mine and whenever I get a chance I love to get outside and enjoy being outdoors. I am also the co-owner of KGM Expressions, a wedding and portrait photography business, with my wife Kim. This is how we make our living and I love that we get to do that together.