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Ready for my first flight

Ready for my first flight
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Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2015-05-16
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D90, Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/320 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2016-11-05 2:53
Viewed: 1698
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
During a walk on Lesvos, Greece, we found several nests in an olive garden with young which set their first steps outside the nests. This one was also ready to go into the free world.
Thanks to my 600 mm telelens I don’t need to disturb them.

The Middle Spotted Woodpecker (Leiopicus medius) is a European woodpecker belonging to the genus Leiopicus.
The Middle Spotted Woodpecker is 20–22 cm long and has plumage similar to the Great Spotted Woodpecker. As with that species the upperparts are predominantly black with white oval wing patches and white barring on the wings, and the underparts are white. The main differences are a red crown, lack of a black moustachial stripe, a pink vent, and dark streaks on the flanks.
Although only slightly smaller than the Great Spotted Woodpecker, it appears smaller due to its short, slender bill and more rounded, pale head. It can also be confused with the Syrian Woodpecker (particularly juveniles), being distinguished from this by the smaller bill, and the red crown not having narrow black sides.

The Middle Spotted Woodpecker occurs only in Europe and southwest Asia, from northern Spain and France east to Poland and Ukraine, and south to central Italy (where local), the Balkan Peninsula, Lithuania, Latvia, Turkey, the Caucasus, and Iran. This species used to breed in Sweden but became extirpated in the 80's. However, Middle Spotted Woodpeckers have been seen in Sweden in appropriate breeding habitats after the extirpation. Due to its sedentary nature it has never been recorded in Great Britain. It prefers deciduous forest regions, especially areas with old oak, hornbeam and elm, and a patchwork of clearings, pasture and dense woodland.

Behaviourally it likes to feed high in the trees, moving constantly and making a good view difficult. In the breeding season it excavates a nest hole about 5 cm wide in a decaying tree trunk or thick branch. It lays four to seven eggs and incubates for 11–14 days.

The Middle Spotted Woodpecker lives predominantly on a diet of insects as well as their larvae, which it finds by picking them from branches and twigs rather than hacking them from beneath the bark. It will also feed on tree sap. It is rarely heard drumming, and never for territorial purposes, which it asserts by song; a slow,nasal gvayk gvayk gvayk gvayk gvayk. Calls include a fast kik kekekekek.

Source: Wikipedia

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Hello Peter,
It's always brings happiness when we capture a new species for ourselves. Nice too see this 'Middle Spotted Woodpecker'. Well captured if we look at its colour and details. Perfect composition as well as BG.
Thanks for sharing,
Regards and gave a nice WE,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2016-11-05 15:53]

Hi Peter,you pay a bit the distance talking about the sharpness,but the pic is very excellent,nice shot of this young woodpecker ready to fly for the first time,useful post and bright colors too. Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2016-11-05 16:49]

Hello Peter,
This is a new bird for me and quite beautiful as well. Pretty sharp considering the distance you had to shoot. I like its contrasting black, white, gray and red colors which reminds me somewhat of a Downy Woodpecker. Lovely markings and great eye contact with a tad bit of catchlight visible. Very informative notes.

Hi Peter
Nice photo of the woodpecker. I have been trying to find the Woodpeckers but they seem to be evading me.You got a good one.


Hi Peter , very nice capture

Hello Peter

Very good picture of this Leopicius medius. Excellent, view showing us clearly the different feathers and the specific arrangement on the head. Well done.

Technical achievement

• Excellent focus on the bird
• Perfect exposure with an appropriate choice of aperture/speed and iso
• Perfect depth of field and sharpness
• Good contrast
• Excellent sharpness showing the different feathers; I appreciate also the beak and the capture of the eye
• Precise white balance and exact colour rendering
• Good post processing without any excess
• Good blur background and lovely rendering of the movement of the woodpecker, ready to fly after having search the insects inside the trunk of the tree


• Interesting picture showing the typical inflorescence of this Leopicius medius ; good capture
• Good framing; maybe and excellent point of view suggesting the activity of the bird
• Interesting documentation for this bird.

Thank you for the sharing.

Have a good day.


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