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Forest's Benefaction - Pileated Woodpeckers by Nambroth Forest's Benefaction - Pileated Woodpeckers by Nambroth
A pair of Pileated Woodpeckers work over a hemlock snag, looking for delicious snacks.

I suspect I spent almost as much time researching this painting as I did working on it! As this was painted as an entry for a habitat competition in Oregon (didn't win), I made sure to research and make sure that the species of moss, fern, and lichen could all appear in this habitat, location, and dead tree species. That's harder than it sounds when you are over 2,500 miles away! Fortunately I had some photo references of moss as a starting point from my trip there in 2011.

I am fortunate enough to have a pair of Pileated Woodpeckers that use 'my' woods as part of their home range, and have no shortage of 'woodpecker trees' as reference out back! They are amazing and large woodpeckers, and are very important to their habitat. They create nesting holes for a huge number of other bird species, as well as many small mammals, insects, and even some amphibians. They also aid greatly in the process of turning dead wood into loamy, fertile forest soils.

16" x 20", Acrylic on board
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Asturas Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
one of my favorite birds that come to my yard in florida 
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Cillana Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful! One of my favorite birds. Just saw my local pair off the back deck a few minutes ago. :D
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sbbelknap03 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The moss on the tree is a good decision. I picture that it probably takes place in a swamp or bog. Love it! 
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atulpandya Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012
excellent artwork mesmerizing thank u if possible sent me big size fro my personal use.
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Nambroth Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you!!
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gigi50 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
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lluvia-estival Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:iconmesmerizing-animals: Your artwork has been featured in our July feature! [link]
Congratulations!:clap:
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Nambroth Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
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lluvia-estival Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your artwork was chosen into the "Hall of Fame" of #Mesmerizing-Animals! [link]
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