Pileated Woodpecker

The best wildlife photographers in the world know their cameras inside-out and they can make any necessary adjustments blindfolded. Me, I mostly rely on blind luck. I was staring at a tree today, don’t even remember why, when a Pileated Woodpecker suddenly flew over. There was no time to look down at my camera and put it in “flying Pileated Woodpecker” mode but I knew I was two clicks of the dial from where I needed to be, so I hoisted my rig while simultaneously moving the dial and mashing down on the shutter button. Almost seems like I knew what I was doing!

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