Right before these shots were taken I had given up on even getting a glimpse of the bird. Pileated are loud, big, and can be shy. However, as I walked away he flew through the pines to land in my path.
It became louder and I realized there were two. One was staying hidden while following the other. They breed here so I assume both are young siblings. Above you can see the tip of another beak left side of the tree.
And then a bright red head. Adults can be almost 2 feet (.6 meters) tall, most in the Lowcountry are a little smaller.
Pileated are the largest Woodpecker in North America, unless someone should actually see an Ivory-billed. Once a year a person reports seeing the extinct Ivory-billed Woodpecker, with no photos.
As usual both climbed up behind the back side and were never seen again.
Oh yeah, don’t stand under a tree when they start hammering it. Chunks of wood go flying.