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A male Pileated Woodpecker takes an upstroke with his wings.

Photographed in the "Owl Woods" on Amherst Island in Lake Ontario.

Amherst Island is a well know location in Eastern Ontario for winter raptors. The "Owl Woods" is located on private land but thanks to the kindness of the owners visitors are permitted to try and find owls and other that often use the woods as a favourite winter haunt.

I forgot to mention that this shot was cropped for both composition and because the bird was quite far away.

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