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Streak-throated Woodpecker (female)

Streak-throated Woodpecker (female)
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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: 2012-02-29
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon PowerShot SX 40 HS
Exposure: f/5.8, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Ruby's woodpeckers: a collection [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2012-02-29 6:29
Viewed: 4287
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
i found her today! same place. in the Chintamani Kar Bird Sanctuary.

it's very rare that sunlight falls on this bird... i have not seen before... well, may be the effect of the early morning raining... what i felt was she was enjoying that golden sunlight :)

i already had went to that sanctuary on yesterday and had spent a quality good time over there. then why again on today?

the memorable yesterday, that early morning rain and the movie Congo that i had seen last night till 2 am :)
i was supposed to go to school today. i had exam duty. all so serious things. but i couldn't say 'no' to that movie that came on television, and when went to sleep i was dreaming.. jungle, apes and birds. a cold wet wind woke me up. the sound said it was raining outside. and i realized i actually didn't sleep! i was in subconscious state.

the rain was soothing to my tiredness. i felt reluctant to go to my workplace so early... and wanted to sleep a lot... it was still dark outside. and then, something came in my mind! it was damn serious! i sent three messages to my Principal, Supervisor and to my junior in our department. and switched my cell phone off.

i felt refreshed. and got up. got ready and went out as soon as the almost first sunlight touched the ground. headed towards the sanctuary.
many people had found Emerald Dove (Chalcophaps indica) in that sanctuary, the opportunity that i NEVER got and was dying to have a look. i had already done a research. i found that every time a visitor told me had seen an Emerald Dove on a particular date, it was after rain and in very early morning only. so could i think of going elsewhere today? :)

and being the next day after a strike, every person seemed to have headed towards their workplace. myself and one elderly lady were there. two of us. for the whole day :)

did i get the Emerald Dove? no.

but i got Monarch! at last. and got a fine experience. i found almost all the common and rare birds in pairs!! so, i call it a 'lovers day'.

what was the reason behind it? Spring? or the rain?


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that is better attempt Rubi, ..good day! Still some minor issue with the white balance in my opinion, but an improvement is already drastic here.love the point of view as well. The Streak-throated Woodpecker has turned it head nicely on a site...fantastic soft light and exposition! question of personal preferences, but I personally love to see the contrast a bit stronger! Please, Ruby see my workshop! Hope you like it!
George Veltchev

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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2012-02-29 6:54]

Splendid capture of this beauty, Ruby!
Excellent sharpness and light; great POV and beautiful ambientation. Well done!

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2012-02-29 6:55]

Beautiful species of woodpecker and good image, WS by George looks good. tfs.

Hello Ruby,

Hope you are well. We are meeting for the first time so nice to meet you.
You have taken a wonderful photo of this elegant species of woodpecker in the difficult conditions as you have mentioned in your equally wonderful note. The light is indeed feeble but sufficient enough for the shot so no wasted effort. George's workshopped image is also very good. Your woodpecker was caught at the time when he/she was about to beak away a splinter of wood, sitting in a typical woodpecker posture. This is a lovely photograph and you are lucky that you live near a bird sanctuary, getting all the right opportunities to photograph these wonderful creatures.Thanks a lot for sharing......warmest regards/Abid

Ciao Ruby, lovely woodpeacker in nice action, great sharpness, fine details, wonderful natural colors and splendid light, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Hi Ruby,
Nice shot!... You and your Canosn SX40 HS make a grean team!
Regards, TFS

very beautiful scene, not so sharp but with a great colors performance!
regards Ruby

Very good capture, Ruby.
The image is quite sharp and the colours are natural. The old tree and the vines hanging from it make a very authentic BG.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2012-03-01 4:33]

Hello Ruby,
You have an interesting gallery with very natural shots of various species of your country. Lucky you were too to have the fine sunlight on this beautiful woodpecker. We can see all details and color-variations of the subtle plumage of the bird. Nice pose too. Beautiful natural shot!
Kind regards

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-03-03 8:09]

Hello Ruby,
Back from my holiday, I saw the beautiful photo of this woodpecker. Splendid soft light and colours. Good sharpness, POV, pose and composition.

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