Pileated Woodpecker Feeding Young

Pileated Woodpecker Feeding Young

Pileated Woodpecker Feeding Young

Pileated Woodpecker Feeding Young

Pileated Woodpecker Feeding Young

Pileated Woodpecker Feeding Young

I want to thank Dori and Harold Scharbor for allowing me to place a blind on their property so that I could photograph these amazing Pileated Woodpeckers.

The average clutch size is four eggs, but can range from one to six. Both parents incubate the eggs. At the time of hatching, the young are naked and helpless. Both parents share in the feeding of the young. The young are fed by regurgitation.

One day I spent 4 hours in my blind watching and photographing these birds when I saw this snake making its way up the tree. I usually don’t interfere with wildlife but this time I did. I removed the snake from the tree and I was keeping my fingers crossed that it would not return.

Ratsnake Climbing A Tree


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  1. Amy May 8, 2012 at 6:13 am #

    These are amazing shots Steve! May be my favorites so far. We’ve heard a pileated woodpecker around our house for several years. This weekend we finally saw him for the first time. Their size is just amazing. Thanks for the great shots!

  2. Beverly Everson May 8, 2012 at 7:27 am #

    Wow, what an amazing series of shots!!!!! Excellent work! And I’m glad you took the snake. Hopefully it didn’t come back.

  3. Darlene May 8, 2012 at 7:38 am #

    These are so awesome. and the babies are fine. They are just talking away this morning.

  4. Julie G. May 8, 2012 at 8:17 am #

    Oh my goodness, these are fabulous captures, Steve! Precious sights! I’m so glad you removed the snake … phew!

  5. Robbie Davis May 8, 2012 at 9:04 am #

    I don’t know how you get all the shots but so glad you do. We both love birds and we got to watch these yesterday with binoculars. Enjoy your trip.

  6. Scott May 8, 2012 at 9:07 am #

    Fantastic, Steve.

  7. CaptElaine May 8, 2012 at 9:29 am #

    Great shots…

  8. Miriam May 8, 2012 at 9:31 am #

    All I can say is—-WOW!

  9. alan May 8, 2012 at 9:38 am #

    That snake was a Texas Black Rat Snake, who would have surely made a dinner out of one of her babies. Awesome photos.

  10. Ronnie May 8, 2012 at 9:55 am #

    These are GREAT shots. I understand dilemma of interfere/not-interfere; but I agree with your decision

  11. Annette Rowe May 8, 2012 at 10:31 am #

    What a treat to get to see your photographs of this pileated woodpecker family!! So cool to see the babies being fed. Thanks again for sharing your great work.

  12. cindy May 8, 2012 at 10:45 am #

    Super! Super! And that snake can find lunch elsewhere..glad you were there!

  13. Kathiesbirds May 8, 2012 at 10:58 am #

    Oh what beauties and thank you for saving the chicks!

  14. judi May 8, 2012 at 12:38 pm #

    WOW WOW WOW Absolutely super photos, you always find a way to give most of us a peak into something we will never see ourselves. Thank you, also thank you for removing the snake, hope you took it far away & it stays away. Love the topnots on the chicks heads, so cute.

  15. Elijah Goodwin May 8, 2012 at 6:44 pm #

    Nice images Steve! Understand the temptation to interfere. I usually err on the side of non-interference (unless the disturbance is human-caused), but I respect your decision.

  16. DORI SCHARBOR May 8, 2012 at 8:53 pm #

    Wow Steve! Thanks for all the hard work. So glad you were there when the snake came. Love all the pictures. Can’t thank you enough. Sincerely, Harold and Dori

  17. Delbensonphotography May 9, 2012 at 12:42 am #

    These are amazing shots! What a beautiful composition. I really love the snake shot too. That’s awesome. The colors are great. Excellent job!

  18. Roselyne May 10, 2012 at 9:09 am #

    Awsome! Lovely pictures.

  19. Linda Rockwell May 22, 2012 at 5:13 pm #

    These are marvelous photos Steve! Love those babies with their fuzzy red heads. :-)

  20. Steve Creek May 22, 2012 at 8:00 pm #

    Thanks everyone! I’m glad you enjoyed the Pileated Woodpeckers.

  21. Renee Dawson June 4, 2012 at 6:51 am #

    Awesome shots Steve! So glad you were there to remove the snake. I would have done the same thing :)

  22. Annie Van Natten June 6, 2012 at 10:13 am #

    Amazing shots! I’m sure you don’t need my affirmation, but I agree, that beautiful snake needed to take his “protien intake requirements” elsewhere!!! My neighbor saw a Pileated Woodpecker in my back yard on my new log suet feeder yesterday. Hopefully I will get that opportunity soon too. Thank you for sharing your talents with us all.

  23. Linda June 6, 2012 at 11:21 am #

    Those are great photos and I’m glad the snake was send elsewhere to look for his lunch!

  24. green coffee bean extract June 24, 2012 at 10:04 pm #

    Looking at that snake that looks like it is real makes my skin have a ghost bumps. Makes me shiver to the bones. Nice shoots!

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