Aerial Dispute

Equipment Info
NIKON CORPORATION NIKON D500
11643856/1000000 sec. / ISO 1000
Nearest Area
Brick Pond Park
Town
North Augusta, SC
Brief Directions
Coming from Augusta, GA, take the 13th St. Bridge across the Savannah River and make a left at the first stop light (Center St.). Make the first left turn and drive down the road between the ponds. Parking is available at the Arts and Culture center.
Notes
Nikon D500, 80-400 mm lens @ 400 mm, f:8, 1/3200 Sec
Description
At a local wetland, Brick Pond Park, I often walk the ponds in the late fall and early winter, looking for woodpeckers. I was photographing this redheaded woodpecker picking up insect larvae from a dead tree and flying to a nearby oak tree to eat them. While in the other tree, a pileated woodpecker flew in to investigate the redhead's tree. The smaller bird became incensed and flew back to his feeding ground within seconds. What ensued was a minutes-long aerial battle, complete with aerobatics, screeching, and some serious pecking. The larger pileated woodpecker decided it had had enough of that, and flew off. Snoopy defeated the Red Baron, and neither bird was injured. I'll never forget having the opportunity to see this contest.
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Date Added
August 10, 2019
Date Taken
January 14, 2017