Of course, I slowed and quickly got my camera going on my iPhone. I got some pictures, but none to write home about. I thought it was a male when I was out there, but after reading up on my iBird app, determined it was a female because she lacked the red mustache. She let me get closer than I thought she would. Of course, I had my dogs with me and they were right under foot. She flew off to a nearby tree, and we trotted on with our walk with that high that you get when the endorphines are running good, and you've just witnessed something in nature that stirs your soul.
Cut to yesterday, me and the dogs are out walking again eager to beat my mileage from yesterday's record of 3.76 miles. As we approach the area where the Pileated's Ponderosa Pine is, and there she is again, working away at that tree. I move closer and closer until I am within just a few feet of this tree and this bird, my favorite bird! I am able to shoot photo after photo, and videos too. Such excitement, I can't even explain! Like that feeling of holding the hummingbirds while they drink! Experiences you won't ever forget.
We finally moved on and continued on our walk. The longest walk yet. A round trip of 4.33 miles! All the way to Cedar Beau Bay at the south end of the lake.
When we got back to the tree, Ms. Woodpecker was still there. This time I was able to creep up to the tree within 2 or 3 feet. I was standing on the edge of a block wall with the beautiful bird right there almost within arms reach. I took lots of photos and a video and spent quite some time with her.