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Cardinal Woodpecker (Female)

Cardinal Woodpecker (Female)
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Copyright: Srikumar Balial (Hotelcalifornia) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1519 W: 24 N: 2225] (14408)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2014-06-05
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D5200, Tamron AF70-300mmF/4-5.6Di-LD-MACRO 1:2
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite Bird photos -5-, Birds Of Kruger National Park Through My Eyes [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2015-08-19 8:36
Viewed: 2024
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I have captured this 'Cardinal Woodpecker' in Pretoriuskop, Kruger National Park. It was a bright sunny day. It is the camping area of Pretoriuskop which is surrounded by electrified wire. It was top on a tree and my 70-300mm lens wasn't enough to get a good detail shot. So I cropped a lot

* The Cardinal Woodpecker (Dendropicos fuscercens) is a wide spread and common resident breeder in much of Sub-Saharan Africa. It's a species found in a wide range of habitats from dense forest to thornbush. It nests in a tree hole.

* Length - 14-15 cm
* Color - Dull olive black, marked with white spots;
Underparts are white, heavily streaked with black, and the rump is tawny.
* White throat and face is separated by a conspicuous black stripes, and the fore crown and black nape.
* The small crest is raised when the bird is existed.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2015-08-19 9:40]

Hi Srikumar,perfect capture of this female,the pose is absolutely beautiful and the quality too is truly excellent,very well done! Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

Beautiful portrait of Dendropicos fuscercens; It is the first time I see this woodpecker. Nice shot ; Srikumar; you've solved nicely exposure; under the feathers of the face; throat and chest are light gray; and the bird is exposed to full sunlight. Very good work.

A hug.

Hernán Bortondello

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  • OzBY Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 183 W: 2 N: 351] (1355)
  • [2015-08-19 10:04]

Hi Srikumar,
Good and sharp picture
Good color

Hello Srikumar

WOW ! great shot of this exotic bird that is the Cardinal Woodpecker, fine lateral POV,
excellent light, great focus, sharpness, details, and contrast, beautiful catch-light, TFS


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2015-08-19 10:34]

Hello Srikumar,
Beautiful lady! Excellent sharp detailed macro in fine natural colours. Taken from a good POV in a nice composition.

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  • senn Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 58 W: 2 N: 155] (1384)
  • [2015-08-19 11:55]

have never seen this so far .. TFS Srikumar; .. high standard capture on every respect

nuri :)

Ciao Srikumar, great capture ol lovey cardinal woodpecker in nice pose, beautiful ambientation, wonderful naturall colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Very clear, despite cropping. The colors stand out very naturally. You did an excellent job capturing it from a distance.

Looks absolutely fantastic, sharpness, details, light, composition are all lovely. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2015-08-19 18:58]

Hello Srikumar,
Your Cardinal Woodpecker is very pretty with the yellowish green hues in it's wings. I also like the predominately gray cheeks and breast with some dark lateral markings. Nicely focused and showing wonderful detail and exposure. Good eye contact with a bit of catchlight.

Nice and clear portait of this rathe unspectacular woodpecker. Very well done.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2015-08-20 5:32]

Hello Srikumar,
Excellent DOF, sharpness, DOF, POV, pose, exposure and details. Great BG and very well composed.I like it! Regards Sigi

hallo Sri
great shot with beautiful colours and good sharpness
thanks gr lou

hello Srikumar
excellent shot, it seems to have posed especially for you on this trunk,
the beautiful plumage is very sharp, very good light too
Have a good night

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2015-08-21 9:25]

Hi Srikumar,
Fine work ..
Lovely capture of this the Cardinal Woodpecker with a very good focus, sharpness, colors, details, POV and composition.
Best wishes,

Hi Srikumar,

The bird is well placed in the frame. The point of view is showing the details of the Cardinal Woodpecker. The good luminosity is enhancing the colors. Have a nice day.


Hello Srikumar,
even after cropping this is image is immaculately sharp and clear with the details of the plumage very well displayed.
Nice work, regards Les.

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