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Greater Flameback (male)

Greater Flameback (male)
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Copyright: Ruby Sarkar (rubyfantacy) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 84 W: 1 N: 417] (2627)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-03-18
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon PowerShot SX 40 HS
Exposure: f/5.8, 1/160 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Ruby's woodpeckers: a collection, Chintamani Kar Bird Sanctuary [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2012-03-18 8:40
Viewed: 3514
Points: 21
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
i found this bird today, in the Chintamani Kar Bird Sanctuary. not that it was my first encounter with such birds, but well, not from this close distance.

this is a Greater Flameback (Chrysocolaptes lucidus)... a male. in case of the females, that red crown is missing, instead they have black, yellow or brown crowns with lighter coloured dots. and accordingly they vary in various subspecies.

this is a big woodpecker. much bigger than the Streak-throated Woodpeckers [see my previous posts on it]... as i have already mentioned before. the sound of digging wood is very loud, which indicates the strength of their bills. their calls are also very loud and prominent.

this bird can be found in tropical Asian countries.

when i took this photograph, it was around 1:30 pm. which means, the sunlight was quite harsh. also the Sun was almost against my camera. so, under circumstances, i couldn't do proper justice to the dignity of this gorgeous. am sorry. may be next time? :)

some information are taken from Wikipedia, and rest my own experiences.

PS: this is an absolutely zero edited photograph. hence the scopes of improvement are there. any workshop regarding this will be appreciated.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-03-18 9:08]

Hello Ruby,
Excellent photo of this Greater Flameback Woodpecker taken from a very good POV. The whole bird is visible. Good sharpness, beautiful natural colours and a fine composition.

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2012-03-18 9:21]

Hi Ruby,

This is a fantastic bird. I like woodpeckers a lot and this one is very special. Never seen this species before. Natural environment, good sharpness and also the pose in the tree is great.


hello Ruby
Beautiful bird with great details and nice composition
thanks greeting lou

Hello Ruby,
Superb capture of this beautiful woodpecker.Great POV and pose.Wonderful natural colors and fine details.Well done!
Have a wonderful week and thank You,

Hi Ruby,
Just an update on the taxonomy. The C. lucidus complex (you speak of complex when you know that a bird with lots of different races is overlumped, meaning that they know that there is more than one species, but they haven't done all of the genetic workups - but, in this case, now they have).

This is now still Greater Flameback (not Greater Flameback Woodpecker - woodpecker is considered to be redundant), but the scientic binomen is Chrysocolaptes guttacristatus. This is a male nominate guttacristatus, therefore, C. g. guttacristatus. The other races still associated with the Greater Flameback, are, beside the nominate guttacristatus, also socialis, indomalayicus, and andrewsi.

Chrysocolaptes lucidus is now a Philippine endemic species, i.e., Buff-spotted Flameback.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2012-03-18 18:53]

Hello Ruby,
A very attractive bird indeed, and captured in fine detail. It actually reminds me a lot of our Pileated Woodpeckers we have here in Ohio, except the coloration is different.
Love it's beautiful plumage and red crest. The bill (like our pileated) is quite large, making it a very useful tool when searching for food or hollowing out a nest cavity.
For not being edited at all, this is an excellent shot!!

Great photo from a difficult POV and under difficult conditions Ruby! Impressive bird, nice pose, wonderful colours and very good sharpness!

This Woodpecker is truly spectacular, Ruby.
Excellent capture from a very apt perspective that shows the plumage and the head of the bird with utmost clarity.
Very nice natural colours.
Any workshop on your image would ruin its original beauty.
Well done!

Bonjour Ruby,
Publication intéressante mais l'angle de prise de vue et la profondeur de champ ne permettent pas d'apprécier pleinement la finesse des détails et la délicatesse des couleurs.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2012-03-21 17:15]

Hello Ruby,
exciting picture i would say as I have tried a few times but to no avail. This woodpecker is pretty and its head is its crown.
Exciting composition among the natural surroundings.
Lively composition with the shiny eye well captured.


Hi Ruby,

A colourful bird with a searching eye. Nicely captured.


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