Draw-a-Bird Day: Pileated Woodpecker

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Can you hear it? Earth’s
heartbeat chants in rhythm with
the drumming of birds.

I’ve been meaning to draw a woodpecker for awhile.  I painted this without a sketch, so the proportions are a little off, but I think it captures the essence–the colors and the crest and long beak.  I also put white on white lines for trees in the background.  Pileated Woodpeckers prefer to live in old growth forests, nesting in dead trees, and their numbers declined as forests were cleared in the 19th century.  But their numbers seem to be increasing again, as they adapt to new environments.

At my last residence I would see and hear red-headed woodpeckers. I haven’t seen any here, but on many weekends the African drummers are in residence at the historic mansion around the corner.  Both man and bird connecting to earth’s rhythms.

Once again, Draw a Bird Day, the 8th of each month, is serving as a placeholder here at MeMadTwo while Nina takes an extended break.  Come back soon Nina, and bring some birds!

In the meantime, you can find me (Kerfe) at https://kblog.blog/.

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41 responses to “Draw-a-Bird Day: Pileated Woodpecker”

  1. rothpoetry says :

    Love the poem and the painting is perfect! Well done!

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  2. boundlessblessingsblog says :

    Wow the painting is done very beautifully and your poem is too good, Marta. Lovely.😊😊😊😊😊

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  3. rivrvlogr says :

    Most often I see downy and red-headed woodpeckers in my yard. Seeing a pileated woodpecker while hiking or on the water is a real treat,

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  4. Jill Kuhn says :

    These are beautiful birds and you have painted it well, Kerfe! I see them once in awhile at the lake. 😃 I like how you painted your background too so the bird really stands out.

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  5. Jane Dougherty says :

    Your woodpecker is similar to the one in the moon tree.

    Not such a prominent crest though. You caught the movement beautifully.

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  6. Claudia McGill says :

    I like the man -bird connection you make in the poem. And what a wonderful image.

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  7. Charlie O'Shields says :

    Your woodpecker is fantastic! I love it! 😍Actually, the proportions see spot on because there’s a bit of foreshortening in the midst. And it’s awesome!

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  8. Myriam (Myr's Bytes) says :

    Beautiful! I love that white curvy line that goes through the centre of the bird. And I love that you captured that look of alertness that Pileated Woodpeckers have just before they take off from a perch. It reminds me of seeing these birds in the Edmonton forests. Always a treat. Interesting to imagine African drums being played while a woodpecker or two is drumming his territorial tune into a wooden electric pole in the spring! 😊

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  9. memadtwo says :

    Lovely rendition K. We rarely see them around here but sometimes hear them. N.


  10. kiddlescarol says :

    Handsome woodpecker, Kerfe! How fascinating that they can drill without getting even a headache. We enjoy watching woodpeckers (and all birds, really) in our back yard.

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  11. Dave Kingsbury says :

    The haiku has a zen quality – the unusual words are arresting, as is that bold and characterful picture! Nice info, too …

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  12. Carol A. More says :

    This is incredible work! You inspired me to draw again. I love the song or call of this enormous bird. But drumming AND bird song sounds absolutely surreal!

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  13. Colleen M. Chesebro says :

    You’re not going to believe this… but I just got the notification for this post. I’m so sorry I missed it. I don’t know what is going on with WP! ❤


  14. msjadeli says :

    These we do have around here but they are very shy. They have been seen each time on fenceposts, looking for snacks. I’ve never seen them at the feeders. They are the biggest woodpecker of them all. Flickers are close.

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  15. Poet Rummager says :

    Your bird illustrations keep getting better every time I visit! I’m always excited to see your work.

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