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Copyright: Jacqueline Schnepp (Noisette) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1714 W: 4 N: 2351] (7821)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-06-07
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, 55-200mm f/4-5.6GED-IF AF-S DX VR Zoom N
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/100 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-07-13 12:40
Viewed: 4779
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Hello All
this last time i had not time for TN and not time for taken shots of nature, we have ttoprepare the wedding of my daughter valerie (Valy67), now, she is married with her boyfriend Daniel, father of her Baby Denis
her name is now Valérie Fosse

i have taken this photo during a walk in the forest, i have only seen the head and i have not idea of the ID, perhaps a Dendrocopos leucotos or a Dendrocopos minor

The woodpeckers, piculets and wrynecks are a family, Picidae, of near-passerine birds. Members of this family are found worldwide, except for Australia and New Zealand, Madagascar, and the extreme polar regions. Most species live in forests or woodland habitats, although a few species are known to live in treeless areas such as rocky hillsides and deserts.

The Picidae are just one of the eight living families in the order Piciformes. Members of the order Piciformes, such as the jacamars, puffbirds, barbets, toucans and honeyguides, have traditionally been thought to be very closely related to the woodpeckers, piculets and wrynecks. More recently, DNA sequence analyses have confirmed this view.

There are about 200 species and about 30 genera in this family. Many species are threatened or endangered due to loss of habitat or habitat fragmentation. Two species of woodpeckers, the Ivory-billed Woodpecker and the Imperial Woodpecker, have been considered extinct for about 30 years (there has been some controversy recently whether these species still exist).

General characteristics

The stiffened tails of woodpeckers are crucial for their climbing and foraging techniques. The tail is used as a prop. The smallest woodpecker is the Bar-breasted Piculet, at 7 g and 8 cm (3¼ inches). The largest woodpecker was the Imperial Woodpecker, at an average of 58 cm (23 inches) and probably over 600 g (1.3 lb). The Ivory-billed Woodpecker is (or was) slightly smaller at 50 cm (20 inches) and a weight of 500 g (1.1 lb). If both the Ivory-billed and Imperial Woodpeckers are indeed extinct, the largest extant woodpecker is the Great Slaty Woodpecker of Southeast Asia, at about 50 cm (20 inches) and 450 g (1 lb). A number of species exhibit sexual dimorphism in size, bill length and weight. In the piculets it is often the females that are larger, amongst the woodpeckers that show sexual dimorphism it is usually the males that are larger.

Most species possess predominantly white, black and brown, green and red plumage, although many piculets show a certain amount of grey and olive green. In woodpeckers, many species exhibit patches of red and yellow on their heads and bellies, and these bright areas are important in signalling. The dark areas of plumage are often iridescent. Although the sexes of Picidae species tend to look alike, many woodpecker species have more prominent red or yellow head markings in males than in females.

Members of the family Picidae have strong bills for drilling and drumming on trees and long sticky tongues for extracting food. Woodpecker bills are typically longer, sharper and stronger than the bills of piculets and wrynecks; however their morphology is very similar. The bill's chisel-like tip is kept sharp by the pecking action in birds that regularly use it on wood. Species of woodpecker and flicker that use their bills in soil or for probing as opposed to regular hammering tend to have longer and more decurved bills. Due to their smaller bill size, many piculets and wrynecks will forage in decaying wood more often than woodpeckers. The long sticky tongues, which possess bristles, aid these birds in grabbing and extracting insects deep within a hole of a tree. It had been reported that the tongue was used to spear grubs, but more detailed studies published in 2004 have shown that the tongue instead wraps around the prey before being pulled out.

Many of the foraging, breeding and signaling behaviors of woodpeckers involve drumming and hammering using the bill. To prevent brain damage from the rapid and repeated decelerations, woodpeckers have evolved a number of adaptations to protect the brain. These include small brain size, the orientation of the brain within the skull (which maximises the area of contact between the brain and the skull) and the short duration of contact. The millisecond before contact with wood a thickened nictitating membrane closes, protecting the eye from flying debris. The nostrils are also protected; they are often slit-like and have special feathers to cover them.

Woodpeckers, piculets and wrynecks all possess zygodactyl feet. Zygodactyl feet consist of four toes, the first (hallux) and the fourth facing backward and the second and third facing forward. This foot arrangement is good for grasping the limbs and trunks of trees. Members of this family can walk vertically up a tree trunk, which is beneficial for activities such as foraging for food or nest excavation. In addition to the strong claws and feet woodpeckers have short strong legs, this is typical of birds that regularly forage on trunks. The tails of all woodpeckers except the piculets and wrynecks are stiffened, and when the bird perches on vertical surfaces, the tail and feet work together to support it.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-07-13 12:44]

Hello Jacqueline,
How nice to see a photo from you. And how nice to read that Valérie is married. Congratulations on both of you.
Lovely photo in good sharpness and beautiful natural colours.

Ciao Jaqueline. Not best sharp here. Anyway an interesting capture for the cute small one.


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-07-13 12:49]

Hello Jagueline.
Lovely photo of this adorable creature!It's a nice moment and POV. The colors seem a bit unsaturated but it could be natural.Best regards Siggi

hello Jacqueline
super picture with good details and lovely colours
thanks greeting lou

Hello Jacqueline,
Lovely shot of this Woodpecker, nice timing, lovely natural colours but sharpness details are not the best,
Thanks for sharing and have a goodnight,
Best Regards,

Hallo Jacqueline,
a beautiful capture of this young Woodpecker, i think it is small and it may be probably Dendrocopos minor, great timing in a very nice composition
Best regards

Hello Jaqueline,
congratulations for you and your daughter. Nice capture of this woodpecker with nice timing for this excellent pose. Well seen and done.
Best wishes,

Hello Jaqueline,

what an very nice meeting with this woodpecker and you have been captured it very well.
Good pov and sharpness.
Fine colors.


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  • aruntp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 590 W: 1 N: 357] (5379)
  • [2011-07-13 22:45]

good work. nice clarity and sharpness. thanks for sharing.

Hi Jacqueline,
Lovely bird in interesting moment capture.
The composition and colours are great.
Thanks for sharing

Hello Jacqueline,

Such a funny scene, with this juvenile woodpecker popping out of the nest!
Probably waiting for mama and papa to bring food hehehe...
Difficult condition and low light, but the originality of the scene is priceless!

Pablo -

...and in this very moment a great spotted woodpecker arrived at the feeding place outside my window!

Hu Jacqueline
it is a juvenile Greater Spotted Woodpecker Dendrocopos major
the focus is just in front of the bird on the tree but still a nice shot

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2011-07-14 2:23]

Bonjuor Jacqueline,
Congratulations for you and Valérie's family ..
Very beautiful photo in excellent sharpness an perfect details.
Best wishes,

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-07-14 3:34]

Hello Jacqueline,
such a cute view with the woodpecker popping out of its hideout.
Nice colors and an exciting shot.


Ciao Jacqueline, great capture of lovely woodpecker, nice portrait in fantastic pose, perfect focus on eye, wonderful natural colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done my friend, brava, ciao Silvio

Hello Jacqueline, spectacular time that you caught with this excellent picture, a great person and a good image. All the best, Paul

Hello Jacqueline
Beautiful scene with very good composition and wonderful colours.

HI Jacqueline.
Very good point of view. Nice colours. Nice composition. And very nice head!!
Thanks for sharing,

Hola Jacqueline,
ya llevaba bastantes dias sin visitar tu galería, y lo hive al ver tu voto, que agradezco.
Bonita y tierna tu image de este pico. Oportunidad para la captura en un entorno de colores
muy realista.
Un abrazo:

Josep Ignasi.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-07-16 10:03]

Hello Jaqueline,
A very nice capture of the head of a young Greater Spotted Woodpecker peeping out of the nesting hole. Good use of flash to give nice colours and good sharpness in this pleasing composition.
Congratulations to Valérie on her marriage: we hope she will be happy with her husband and new family.
Thanks and enjoy the rest of your weekend,

Hi Jacqueline,

Congratulations on your daughters wedding and hope they both live happy life together, good capture of this woodpecker, a little noise but nevertheless a pleasing picture indeed,
best regards,


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-07-20 2:15]

Salut Jacqueline,tu as eu de la chance dans ta promenade dans la foret..ehehe...magnifique capture dans une lumiere pas facile,details au top et excellentes couluers aussi.Mes compliments et belle journee',Luciano

Hallo Jacqueline
One of my dreams is to capture a bird peeping out of hole like the one in your photograph. What a pretty sight. Love the glint in the polka-dot eye and the partly opened beak, and last but not the least the red "Jewish" cap.
Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

Hello Jacqueline,
Nice and amazing picture!
Very interesting note
TFS & have a nice weekend, Ferran

Hello Jacqueline,
So cute and a very unusual capture. Very beautiful .... the special moment makes up for the slight lack in sharpness.

This is one nice little catch, Jacqueline. I like the head pos out like ready for the picture to be taken.
Thanks and kind regards,

Bonjour Jacqueline

Une jolie photo avant ton absence de TN, le regard que ce pic a avec le contact visuel avec toi,
nous donne un sourire, le catch-light améliore la photo en la rendant plus belle, TFS


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