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Great Spotted Woodpecker

Great Spotted Woodpecker
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Copyright: Andrea Piazza (elefantino) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1123 W: 115 N: 2184] (14406)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-03-09
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon F100, Nikkor 300mm AF-S f/4 + TC 1.7x II, Fuji Velvia 50
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Woodpeckers [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-05-15 16:23
Viewed: 3399
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Great Spotted Woodpecker
(Dendrocopos major)

It is a member of the woodpecker family, Picidae.

As a species the Great Spotted Woodpecker is distributed throughout Europe and northern Asia. It is largely resident except in the colder regions of its range.

It is an inhabitant of woodlands and parks, depending for food and nesting sites upon old trees. It is often an inconspicuous bird, in spite of the plumage. The large white shoulder patch is a feature that catches the eye.

Great Spotted Woodpecker is 23-26 cm long, with a 38-44 cm wingspan. The upper parts of the male are glossy black, with a crimson spot on the nape and white on the sides of the face and neck. On the shoulder is a large white patch and the flight feathers are barred with black and white. The three outer tail feathers are barred; these show when the short stiff tail is outspread, acting as a support in climbing. The under parts are buffish white, the abdomen and under tail coverts crimson. The bill is slate black and the legs greenish grey,

The female has no crimson on the nape, and in the young this nape spot is absent, but the crown is crimson. It may be distinguished from the smaller Lesser Spotted Woodpecker by the crimson on the abdomen.

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Hello Andrea,
Amazing shot of this woodpecker! Interesting moment you captured, as if it was looking to bad weather that was coming! I like the pov a lot. Framing is wonderful also. I can only say that there is a little bit noises are on the bg. Anyway, well done on this one!

Hi Andrea

Intresting pose of this bird, nice shot with very good POV and DOF.And the noise is a little bit more than what i like bit still nice shot.
well done
( I remmember the cartoon of the woodpecker, woodi wood wood((: ...)


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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2006-05-15 20:51]

What a super composition Andrea, very nice subject very well photographed by you. Good technique, good exposure. Good work, thanks.


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  • Gudule Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 248 W: 11 N: 288] (1204)
  • [2006-05-15 21:04]

A very good and nice work you have made, Andrea.
Excellent POV, colors and composition. Congratulations.


Hi Andrea,
Colorful and lovely bird. Interesting pose. Good composition and POV. All settings are perfect. TFS

Bella anche questa, peccato che il picchi guardasse dall'altra parte, belli i colori e l'inquadratura, buono il dettaglio.
Ciao. Per il momento non ho tempo di mettere in rete le foto. Mi sono distratto ora per qualche minuto.

Hi Andrea,

Very good shot and work!
Composition and details are perfect.
Well done!

TFS :-)

Simple capture but well done!
On focus and good composition.

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