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Copyright: Marius Secan (marius-secan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2007 W: 0 N: 5411] (29584)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-03-04
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, Nikon 300mm f/4D IF-ED AF-S + 1,4TC II
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/500 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-03-04 10:31
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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

The Great Spotted Woodpecker, Dendrocopos major, is a bird species of the woodpecker family (Picidae). It is distributed throughout Europe and northern Asia, and usually resident year-round except in the colder parts of its range. It is not considered a threatened species by the IUCN, being widely distributed and quite common.

The Great Spotted Woodpecker is 23–26 centimetres (9.1–10 in) long, with a 38–44 centimetres (15–17 in) 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.

Despite its contrasting plumage, the Great Spotted Woodpecker is often an inconspicuous bird. The large white shoulder patch is the feature that most easily catches the eye. When hidden by the foliage, its presence is often advertised by the mechanical drumming, a vibrating rattle, produced by the rapidly repeated blows of strong bill upon a trunk or branch. This is not a dedicated courtship call or challenge, but a signal of either sex to announce its presence. It is audible from a great distance, depending on the wind and the condition of the wood, a hollow bough naturally producing a louder note than living wood. The call is a sharp quet, quet.

It is an inhabitant of woodlands and parks, depending for food and nesting sites upon old trees. Its actions are jerky, and it hops rather than climbs, leaping forward with one foot just in advance of the other. When a space is crossed the flight is easy and undulating.

The food mainly consists of insects and grubs but also seeds, fruit, scraps, eggs, chicks and small rodents. The woodpecker usually alights on the trunk, working upwards, from side to side, but sometimes will perch in passerine style, when it sits well upright. During the ascent it taps the bark, breaking off fragments, but often extracts its prey from crevices with the tip of its sticky tongue. Beechmast, acorns, nuts and berries are eaten when animal food is scarce.

The nesting hole, neat and round, is bored in soft or decaying wood horizontally for a few inches, then perpendicularly down. At the bottom of a shaft, usually from six to twelve inches in depth, a small chamber is excavated and lined with wood chips. This woodpecker shows no marked preference for particular tree taxa, building its nest in gymnosperms and angiosperms alike.

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Ciao Marius,
Wonderful picture of this exuberant bird!
Very well composed... super natural!
Excellent colors and sharpness; splendid details.
Very well done

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6482 W: 89 N: 15613] (65313)
  • [2012-03-04 10:59]

The top of perfection in a difficult position,great and professional pic and a very nice woodpecker too,impossible to make better,i like it!Have a nice week and thanks,Luciano.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-03-04 11:21]

Hello Marius.
Wonderful shot of this beautiful woodpecker! The sharpness and details are amazing, great colours and BG.Very well done.Best regards Siggi

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5136 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-03-04 11:38]

Hello Marius,
Great photo of this woodpecker. Excellent sharpness and details. Beautiful light and colours. But I don't think this is a Syrian Woodpecker, but a Great Spotted Woodpecker if I look at the markings on head and neck. Very fine composition.

Hello Marius
Magnificent photo!
Excellent capture, very good details and colours.
Well done


Hello Marius,
Very beautiful and very cute and what a great capture. Peter's positive input here just marks the wonderful friendship that exist here. Well done. It is a real pleasure to be here.

Hi Marius,
A difficult pose and POV, but you've made a great work archieving a very aloquent shot!... Weel done!... Also good note from wiki!

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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2012-03-04 13:42]

Wonderful capture, Marius!!
Great sharpness and perfect POV; beautiful typical pose of the Great Spotted Woodpecker; splendid colours and nice contrast with a blurred background. A beauty!

Ciao Marius. The best management of light and colours. Excellent details. Good vertical.


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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 338 W: 25 N: 754] (3673)
  • [2012-03-04 14:21]

Hi Marius!
Wonderful image of the lovely Woodpecker. Perfect in all detail. Fantastic brightness e superb BG.
Congratulations my friend on this fantastic composition.
ciao! vanda

Another excellent bird photo Marius! Very good composition, wonderful BG, famtastic colours and great sharpness.

Hello Marius.
This woodpecker is well poised and perch on that trunk. The shot is fabulous in great light and details.
Thanks and kind regards.

Ciao Marius, great capture of lovely bird on a beautiful lighting BG, splendid sharpness, wonderful natural colors and fine details, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2012-03-05 0:02]

Bonjour Marius,
Most beautiful woodpecker-picture with this lovely fine blue background. Good sharpness and typical pose of this interesting bird. I have seen two of them the other day, but too far away from me and the snow was too deep to get closer.
Have a nice day
Kind regards

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2012-03-05 1:18]

Hello Marius,
a real beauty of the woodpecker. Very well presented with the great shiny eyes and the lovely perched on the contrast color composition. The details of the feathers is really a wonder here.
Well done indeed.


Good morning Marius
Very beautiful capture of this woodpecker.Great composition,beautiful colors and great sharpness.
Thank You,
Have a nice week!
Best regards

Buna Marius,
Perfecta aceasta captura cu detalii fine,claritate de invidiat si culori placute.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2012-03-05 5:47]

Beautiful species of wood pecker, good lighting and colors, wish it just turned a bit more of its head..tfs.

hello Marius
so clear is this shot
great details and super sharpness
i like this compo and the colours are beautiful
thanks greeting lou

Hello Marius,
Excellent presentation of the beautiful woodpecker!

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