Anecdotes photographiques №4 : Le Grand Pic

Photographic anecdotes №4: The Great Woodpecker

The Pileated Woodpecker is a bird that I have always found magnificent and for which I have great affection (especially since I know that it is my Totem bird)

It was during a stay in Baie-St-Paul, one of the rare trips where I did not have photography objectives and sought-after species. I was only there to get some fresh air and spend some quality time with my mother and my maternal grandmother.

After a few days, I had become familiar with the area. I took a long walk in the morning. It was during one of these moments when I was admiring the landscape that a movement caught my attention in a nearby tree. Luckily, I had the instinct to bring my cameras with me. So I focused on the tree. A large bird was moving between the branches. As he began to reach the top of the tree, I recognized the features of the Pileated Woodpecker. All magnificent on its perch with the blue sky in the background and the sun illuminating its red crest. Impossible to have a better scenario.

Once my photographs were taken, I allowed myself to admire it. At the same time, I thought of my paternal grandfather because this bird was among his favorites. I used to share my observations with him and make him an album with my most beautiful specimens, But that's another story.

My grandfather has now left this world, but I still have this impression that each Woodpecker I see is a sign that he is close to me and encourages me to continue in my passion.

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