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The Great Spotted Woodpecker

The Great Spotted Woodpecker
Photo Information
Copyright: Zeno Swijtink (Zeno) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-06-11
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D80, Nikon 200-500 mm.
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-06-14 1:36
Viewed: 3694
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Great Spotted Woodpecker is 23-26 cm long, with a 38-44 cm wingspan. The upperparts are glossy black, with white on the sides of the face and neck. A black line zigzags from the shoulder halfway across the breast (in some subspecies nearly meeting in the center), then back to the nape; a black stripe, extending from the bill, runs below the eye to meet this latter part of the zigzag line. 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 underparts are dull white, the abdomen and undertail coverts crimson. The bill is slate black and the legs greenish grey.

Males have a crimson spot on the nape, which is absent in females and juvenile birds. In the latter, the top of the head is crimson between the bill and the center of the crown instead.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2009-06-14 2:40]

Beautifully executed image, good details and colors, this one looks like carrying some food, is it for its chicks. tfs.

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  • oki Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 79 W: 10 N: 114] (587)
  • [2009-06-14 3:01]

Hi Zeno,
amazing shot! I love pictures from woodpeckers and it is rare to find pictures with caught insects on a tree. Very well done,

Lekker helder beeld.
Ik was gisteren zelf in limburg naar adders en orchideeen aan het zoeken. De orchideeen zijn gelukt, de adder zijn me wederom ontsnapt

fijne "regenachtige" dag

  • Great 
  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-06-14 6:22]

Hello Zeno
Wonderful capture with beautiful colors and great details.
Well done.

Hi Zeno,

A superb shot of a stunning bird, which I know well. Good focus and dof, good pose and oof background. Colours are good and natural. An overall shot to be proud of. TFS



Hi Zeno

Good shot of this woodpecker
Good composition and sharpness


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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-06-17 13:46]

Hello Zeno !

Een uitstekende macro, zeer goed gemaakt en afgespeeld.
Een mooie avond

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