The Fall has finally fallen. RiverDog and I need the cooler days when the grass stops growing and the banks of the Chemung aren't so busy with littering fishermen and families. Herself is next to the northern bank's river-wall. She clings to the concrete dike for the reflected warmth of the sun.
The inspiration for the original Woody Woodpecker must surely have come from this Bigass Bird, the Pileated Woodpecker. Click here for a quintessential rendering.
Again, our ability to photograph the noisy critter is courtesy of the late fall, when trees are bare and real birding comes easily.