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Late for Dinner


My reward for going outside to sweep off the back deck was to see the pileated woodpecker fly in and land on the nearest tree. I hurried inside to get my camera thinking the same thought I always have at a time like that — Should I stand here and enjoy the sight of the bird, or should I maybe miss out and have him fly away while I go get my camera. I took a chance that he’d still be there, but I was in a hurry to snap any photo I could get. Haste makes waste, they say, and sure enough, the photos were not as sharp and clear as if I’d taken the time to take a good steady picture.

But he does look like he’s about to fly away any second, doesn’t he?


And he did. Right over to the birdfeeders where all was empty. I was running late with  the refilling of the feeders and now I would pay for it by having the woodpecker fly away. He looks shocked at the empty cage where the suet block is usually kept. I don’t think he’s crazy about the seeds, but he must have wondered why I hadn’t replaced the suet.

As he wondered what to do, he noticed the truck tire so close to the birdfeeders.

“Yikes! It’s the invasion of the human truck drivers. Looks awfully close to the feeder. Maybe he won’t see me if I stay hidden behind this post.”

Seeing his dilemma, I brought out more suet and more birdseed as soon as the coast was clear. He had already left, but I’m sure he’ll be back.

Author: wordsfromanneli

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25 thoughts on “Late for Dinner

  1. That owl is amazing. I’m writing about owls in my current WIP. I now have a model.

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  2. I think all photographers have been caught in this situation at least once Anneli! Sometimes you win, other times ya lose… Very nice photos!! 😎

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  3. Handsome bird. Try for the photo, I say. Nicely done.

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  4. Call me anything you like, but don’t call me late for dinner. 🙂
    I think you got good photos.:)

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  5. Lovely captures and hard to get!

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  6. I’m sure he will be back!

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  7. Holy Cow! Or, should I say, Holy Woodpecker! That guy’s huge. We have them hear, but I’ve never seen one that big. They’re usually the size of a cardinal.

    Did you take that photo of the owl on your header? It’s awesome, and I love owls.

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    • Yes, I took the owl picture (see my reply to Jacqui Murray’s comment, above). Pure luck that I got it. And the pileated woodpecker is pretty big. You may have a different kind of woodpecker in your area (still with the red head, but not so tufted??

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  8. Anneli,
    Such wonderful, beautiful birds 🙂
    Life is Good !

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  9. They are so pretty. I haven´t seen one around here yet, Very good pictures!

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  10. He is a beautiful bird!

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  11. I love woodpeckers. They’re all so different but most of them have stunning colours (and very loud voices!) Interestingly, our British species are pretty nervous and hard to approach – not sure why, maybe they were once hunted for their feathers.

    Hope your one comes back!

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