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Himalayan Woodpecker

Himalayan Woodpecker
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Copyright: Ram Thakur (ramthakur) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4316 W: 231 N: 14052] (56953)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-06-06
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D200, Sigma 70-300 4-5.6 APO DG MACRO, 58mm UV
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/320 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Camouflage [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2013-06-23 2:12
Viewed: 2356
Points: 17
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During my recent trek to Pahalgam region in Kashmir Valley, I came across a Himalayan Woodpecker for the first time. Both male and female of the species were in view but rather high up on hundreds of feet tall pine and other trees. For the first time, I felt that my Sigma 70-300 mm lens was not adequate for bird photography.
Anyway, here is a picture of the male of the species I took from the ground level and from a distance of about 40 meters.

The Himalayan Woodpecker (Dendrocopos himalayensis) is a species of birds in the Picidae family. It is found in Afghanistan, India, Nepal, and Pakistan.


Its natural habitats are boreal forests and temperate forests.


A medium sized, pied woodpecker. Black above with broad white patches from shoulder to lower back, limited white barring on flight feathers and clean white tail edgings. Underparts and head plain pale buff with black Y-shaped mark on neck and cheeks, red crown in male and black in female. Black marks under eyes unique. Vent pink.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-06-23 2:58]

Hi Ram,a lucky meeting but in a very difficult light,the pic is dark and the details on the woodpecker are not the best,but this specie is very rare to see on TN and i like your useful post.Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano

Hi Ram
也很清晰 小啄木鳥真是漂亮 光線柔和優美

Dear Ram,
I have added your photo to my theme " camouflage" because on the thumb nail I did not see it except the red flashes. :-)

Your notes are like always very educational, thank you.

It is a photo like yours which make it worthwhile to be a member of TN.

To show us a rare species is so important, thank you.
Pleased do not stop posting!

Warm greetings from the Tzaneen Dam, in Limpopo, South Africa

Nice capture under difficult light condition but I feel a bit more sharpness could be achieved.


Ciao Ram, lovely composition with beautiful woodpecker, wonderful natural colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Ram,
Once again a wonderful image taken from a very good angle and POV. Outstanding colors. You managed very good this composition still I think you slightly move the camera....
Thanks for sharing this woodpecker.

Thanks very much for showing this nice wood pecker even if the quality of the pic is not the best, we see it very well.

An enviable encounter with this species Ram
Wonderful natural colours and excellent details.
Thank You
Best wishes
J. Diogo

Hello Ram

Under a subject very far and poor light circumstances
specially when you have to zoom fully and
the light enter less in the lens, you did
a great photo of this Himalayan Woodpecker,
in the same time environmental photo for the bird, TFS


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