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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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MoonyMina Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
wonderfully beautiful :)
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lemurkat Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It is a beautiful piece.
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Libra1010 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2014
 I must say that the detailing, especially on the textures of those things depicted, is a model of excellence!
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George-H-Art Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful painting!
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OneAngele Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2014
AMAZING!!!!!
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robertcicheckiart Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful work!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!......................!   *
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SeisulVigzaal Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
That'a a beautiful painting!
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xEmoXDudetx Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
oh this is BEAUTIFUL! we have a pileated woodpecker come in our year every year. the last two years he brought a mate with him. we named him woody. :)
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WillemSvdMerwe Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2014
Great painting!  Woodpeckers rool!  I love the info too, great about making sure it's authentic.
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Sydghor Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2014   General Artist
amazing!
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