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Rufous Woodpecker (female)

Rufous 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: 2012-03-08
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon PowerShot SX 40 HS
Exposure: f/6.3, 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: 2012-03-16 7:19
Viewed: 3098
Points: 20
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this is a female Rufous Woodpecker (Micropternus brachyurus). this type of Woodpeckers are quite rare in here... they stay in shades... or behind the dense leaves of big trees.. most of the time on the topmost branches. the body colour being that dark brown, getting the scope for a clear shot was becoming very difficult.

after i got some satisfactory shots on those Streak-throated Woodpeckers (male & female both, see my previous posts), i wanted to go for other Woodpeckers. but this brown one was beyond my dreams. if i had to take a good photograph of this bird, i knew i had to get them under good sunlight. rarely was possible.

it was on the day of Holi, yes, THAT successful day (8th March, 2012)... when i found this bird too. over there, in the interiors of the Chintamani Kar Bird Sanctuary... sitting on a low branch of a big, old Mango tree. i didn't notice her first. it was the male one, whom i was trying to photograph in his activities (pecking woods) and then i saw her on a nearby branch... very calm and absorbed... listening to the activities of other Woodpeckers. in shade. i focused my camera on to her (while hiding behind another fat tree), and started taking some shots... the position was good, but the exposure, not... and then that magic! some leaves got shifted due to the wind... a sudden sunlight fell on her face...

and i took the moment!

PS: after a thorough search i have realized that, this is the FIRST post on this particular type of Woodpeckers (Rufous Woodpecker). TN's first??!

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Hello Ruby,
Congratulations with your first of this beautiful bird on TN. Excellent image.

Delightful image of a Female Rufous Woodpecker, Ruby. I'm almost certain this in the first appearance of this female of the species on TN, so congratulations!
Wonderful POV that gives a clear impression of its plumage. The catchlight in the eye makes it an outstanding picture.

hello Ruby
Very nice picture of this bird
good details and lovely colours
thanks greeting lou

Ciao Ruby, great capture of lovely bird in a beautiful natural ambientation, fine details, splendid sharpness and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Bonjour Ruby,
Agréable valorisation du sujet dans son environnement.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Love to see someone managing a difficult back light so well, Ruby Sakar! Good day! On top of that every single element of this image looks amazingly accurate...from the mid-tones, the shadows to the wonderful natural colors... no trace of unnatural color cast or optimistic color saturation. Perfect! Yes, indeed! TN's first ... that makes it priceless! ;)))
George Veltchev

Hi Ruby,

Nice shot of an exotic woodpecker. With some stroke of luck there is also catchlight in the eyes. Compo-wise you could have cropped somewhat on the left and a bit from below to make it more prominent, though.

I am neither an expert nor an avid TN-r to tell you about the antecedence of this species (or lack thereof) here.



Good POV of this beautiful bird,
Have a nice WE,

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2012-03-17 0:00]

Hi Ruby.
You have captured this nice bird with excellent details and at very attractive surroundings. Low POV is also very attractive and gives unusual glance of the bird. Exposure of the scene is excellent despite its high contrast. TFS and best regards.

Good document of this beautiful species. tfs.

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