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Lesser Goldenbacked Woodpecker

Lesser Goldenbacked Woodpecker
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Copyright: Smitha Komath (smitha) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 348 W: 73 N: 1165] (4409)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-01-31
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D200, 300mm AFSF4 Nikkor +TC14 E
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/15 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Joe's Favourites 2, Dedications at treknature: Part Five [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-07-22 12:04
Viewed: 4142
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
where are my friends?

This is a picture of Lesser Goldenbacked Woodpecker,Dinopium benghalense.They are seen all over the India.Seen in open tree and scrub jungle. They are partial to mango orchards, groves of old trees and coconut plantation.It’s call is a loud, harsh sound “klre- klre” uttered mostly on the wing.

Flight: Their flight is dipping as typical of woodpeckers. We can hear the flapping of their wings because their feathers are heavier than most other birds.

I would like to dedicate this picture to Joe, Rob, Howard and Sumon.

It has been more than a year since I joined this site.
Here I have met like minded people who enjoy sharing their pictures, exchanging their notes,encouraging and helping each other to develop and perfect their photographic skills and interest in nature.
This has been a fraternity from where I have learned lessons on photography, nature and above all friendship.Though I haven't met any other TN members except a few of my country men, I have considered almost all as my dear friends. I have felt joy at seeing their pics and reading their thoughts and experiences.
So it is quite disheartening to see some of my friends taking leave of this site. All the four people mentioned above are my good friends and are held in high esteem for their photographic skill and also for their support and encouragement.I don't think TN will be the same any more without their contributions.

A lot has been said and messages deleted on this matter. I strongly believe all this could have been avoided if the moderators had the courtesy to inform and explain to the members about the actions they are going to take. I hope the matters will be resolved soon.

Sumon, Howard, Rob and Joe , I would very much like to see you back in TN.

Thanks for visiting,

N.B. No points for this please

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  • smurali Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 205 W: 14 N: 609] (3596)
  • [2008-07-22 12:11]


Not sure whether to appreciate the picture or the comment. As per your wish, I join you in supporting Sumon, Howard, Rob and Joe.

This is a comment not a critique.

- Murali Santhanam

  • falke Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 153 W: 18 N: 479] (1863)
  • [2008-07-22 14:27]

I don't know anything about the things you are discussing in your note but I understand that something bad has happend.

I just want you to know that I think your photo of this woodpecker is exquisite in my eyes. I sure hope I get the opportunity to see one of the one day and maybe get a photo like this.

All I know is that nothing remains the same and we are in the middle of the flow called life. The only thing we can do is to try to navigate in the stream and try to be a positive force in the life of others.

I salute you, best regards/Bengt

Hi Smitha,
thankyou greatly for your kind words.
For some members TN has gone into turmoil all in the matter of a day!
I will be on a break from TN for about a month before considering to come back... this is a great place and I will lose many brilliant friends if I leave so I doubt I'll be gone forever.

Thankyou for all your help Smitha.

Keep in touch...


excelent capture, and color and sharpness

Hi Smitha,

I'm not sure what has happened but I certainly hope its resolved soon and for the better, as per your request NO Points but a fine picture, all the best.

Rick :)

Hi Smitha,
This is a super picture dedicated to wonderful friends of TN! The BG and the position of the birds neck gives an added punch.
I Join you in supporting Sumon, Howard, Rob and Joe and hope these things gets resolved

  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-07-22 22:43]

Even I am not sure. If god gives you a chance for correction and reason why not TN. I am not sure what happened but I totally agree with you. TN gave me friends like you/goutham/murali/ram sir/pankaj/sumon/joey and this is crazy. It is better to discuss and ask them for clarification. I hope things get resolved soon. yes I would like to see Sumon/Howard/Rob/Joe back on the TN. We are all not above God. TN should give a chance for correction... Ganesh

Hi Smitha,

First of all I am new to TN, but have been enjoying my visit every time, though havent really tagged on whats happening, whos in whos out. I have been doing this purely for my passion towards pictures of nature and continue to do so, irrespective of comments/critics/points nothing should be taken personal. I wish we all are birds of same feather and flock to-gether.I wish you all the best in your endeavours.

Well composed and colourfull picture of golden backed woodpecker. TFS

Hi Smitha,

It has been long time no see [online posting of your shots :)]. You were the first to critique in my photos, not here but on TE, on the very first submission of mine. I saw a thread right now that you are engaged with some school and become irregular on TN.

Now, about the photograph I can say it is as good as any other black rumped flameback you have posted earlier.

Yesterday, I critiqued, one ariel photo by Selen Ediger that was dedicated to the same set of four people. Usually I mark the dedication note as useful, without paying much heed to it [bad habit].

But, while casually going through your note, I found that both of you somehow resented some executive decision from administrators' part. While going through the remarks I saw there is also a note of dissent amongst the users.

Now can you please illuminate me about this!

Amongst the four persons in question two of them I know very well over here and that they are very encouraging to me, an outright average mortal snap-shooter. Since both of you have dedicated things to the rest two, I do not question their photographic quality either.

This is only a comment, Hope you won't mind a big smiley here.

Hi Smitha,
Excellent capture of this very beautiful and colourful woodpecker species. Very nice pose and composition, the position of the head makes it special, sharp details and bright natural colours. It would deserve full points. I will give full negative points to the Administrator.

Hi Smitha

Excellent portrait of the flameback (is this the black-rumped?). The multi-hued BG looks especially nice.

TFS and Best

Hi Smitha,
A nice capture of this beautiful woodpecker. A very good dedication. Yes I also hope to see them soon. Thanks a lot for sharing.

hello smitha,

excellent capture of the woodpecker, you got the image very sharp, the well saturated colors look great,liked the composition too,
i loved this dedication picture and hope that our friends will like it too, well done,

I am taking break for a couple of weeks and hope to see your good work again when i come back,



  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-07-23 8:02]

Hello Smitha,
Great dedication to Sumon, Joe, Howard and Rob for a good reason.
Very beautiful photo of this Woodpecker in splendid colours and great sharp details.

Hi My friend!

PS. I also decided to take a break (at least a month!) from TN until everything be back in peace!

Hi Smitha, what is happening on TN? Why arfer to lawbert they are not with us? Why other friends are leaving for a period? I have not understood what is happening, you help me to comprise it, thanks
I'm not sure that leave TN is a good idea, but I respect and I would comprise.
Thanks for your splendid bird with wonderful colors
Ciao Silvio

  • Dan Gold Star Critiquer [C: 113 W: 0 N: 2] (18)
  • [2008-07-25 3:35]

Hi Smitha,

A beautiful bird in a beautiful photo. Great details, colours and bird attitude.
I hope that all the heavy moments will be resolved.

Regards, Dan.

Forgot to critique this one, Smitha.
Probably I missed the Add button:-).
Here we are...
Colourful pecker.
I wonder if they have never pain in their neck. Here it is a 180° turn...I tried this and I managed to get more or less 90° and it hurts:-)

  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-08-10 13:01]

Hello Smitha,
This is superb!
A great close capture of a Lesser Golden-backed woodpecker taken from a fine POV in a great pose with fine sharpness against an OOF natural BG.
This makes it a suitable tribute to our friends that I hope will return to TN as I miss them too.
Thanks for sharing this beauty,
Best regards to you and Anil,

  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-09-01 7:20]

Hi Smitha.
I do not understand how I could miss so mane your nice picture. Amazing specimen of woodpecker. I have not seen anything similar. Superb colouration and great its reproduction. I like very cute pose and glance of the bird and impressive framing of the scene. Also thanks for heartfelt words of note. My best regards and TFS. Well done.

Hello Smitha,
great shot!
Nice colours and lovely background; I like the composition, too.

Very well.


Excellent image of a gorgeous bird.

I just joined this site and am at a total loss about the whole turmoil issue. Just hope things settle down. Till then, just a tad disappointed at the lack of response to my few meager postings to date.

wonderfully clear and good POV

  • japiey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 127 W: 2 N: 78] (405)
  • [2008-11-17 21:02]

Hi Smitha,

For your kind heart, hugs :)

Take care, smile.


  • trekks Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 103 W: 39 N: 11] (54)
  • [2008-12-30 17:03]

hi Smitha

A fine capture of the colorful bird at a great pose with a good tilt of head and really focus sharpness to show the detail of the bird.

I am amazed at your choice of 1/15s although there is no blur! Great work. It deserves smileys but at your request I am unable to show my reward for my 1st critique here.

tfs, bill

Bonjour Smitha
Félicitation pour cette très jolie prise de vue . C'est vraiment un bel oiseau que ce pic aux belles couleurs qui sont sont justes et éclatantes,ainsi que la netteté et les détails.

Merci pour l'envoie et Bravo....JP

  • Great 
  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-03-13 0:13]

Hi Smitha!
Interesting picture.
Very nice ta catch some excellent colors.

Hi Smitha
wonderful capture for this amazing beautiful Woodpecker species. splendid colors, great focus and POV/OOF. eyes contact and lighting also superb. thanks for sharing, best wishes

hello Smitha

an excellent photo of this woodpecker, with fine POV and appropriate framing,
fine focus sharpness and details, very beautiful luminosity and colour tones,
the pose of the woodpecker bring dynamism to the image, TFS


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