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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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josephhutchison Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2015
Awesome job.
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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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UGNArtWorld 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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keight Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2014
Very well and beautifully done; all of it. Yay for research and references.
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Etomo Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Researching for art can be hard but it seems to have paid off well here! I love the color scheme and the textures in the wood and moss. Beautiful work <:
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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 Digital 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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gigi50 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
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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   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   Traditional Artist
Your artwork was chosen into the "Hall of Fame" of #Mesmerizing-Animals! [link]
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Nambroth Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
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furstripe Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
is this a photo or a drawing? :faint:
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SilkenWinds Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
That is beautiful!! :wow:
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Noble-Gryphon Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Very nice work the color and shading are great. Love the new art
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Giselle-M Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Professional General Artist
I have featured your awesome work here: [link]
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Nambroth Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you! :)
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Vampyre-Lover Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012
WOW!!! Exquisite!!!
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uropygid Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Do you have any prints of this? C:
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uropygid Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I'll keep an eye out for them, then! I showed your gallery to my mother and she really wants a print of this for the cabin. <3
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Nambroth Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks for asking! I don't, yet... I hope I can sell the original first, but either way I will do prints sometime. :)
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mydigitalmind Featured By Owner May 31, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Hello! :wave: Your work has been featured as one of #Birds-Club's top art submissions for the month of May. You can find the article which also contains other beautiful bird art here: [link]

Thank you for submitting and keep up the great work!
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Nambroth Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much! :)
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mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome!
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RebeccaTripp Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I really admire you!
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Nambroth Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Professional General Artist
How kind, thank you!!
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Fantastic artwork!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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SMerle Featured By Owner May 18, 2012  Professional Photographer
incredible work!
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sugartwins Featured By Owner May 17, 2012  Professional Photographer
Great picture! I think Pileated woodpeckers were on the near exstinct species? Love the color.
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Nambroth Featured By Owner May 17, 2012  Professional General Artist
Ivory billed woodpeckers might be extinct, but luckily their slightly smaller cousins, the Pileated, is not doing that poorly yet.
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bonsaiking Featured By Owner May 12, 2012
ouuwwwwww s buntspechte
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TrottingPeryton Featured By Owner May 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The tree bark, moss, and woodpeckers look so real.
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mostlyjustwrite Featured By Owner May 4, 2012
great work, I especially like the sheen on the feathers, good representation of the diffused forest light!
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ManiacalMew Featured By Owner May 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful work, I absolutely love the moss on the tree!
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satishverma Featured By Owner May 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
What an excellent work.
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moreMDM Featured By Owner May 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Great job!!!
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Spirkie Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Love the detail!
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vertebrae242 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012   General Artist
Very cool birds.

Quite huge actually when you see them up close.

Ravenous termite eaters.

;)
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