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Grey-headed Woodpecker

Grey-headed Woodpecker
Photo Information
Copyright: Orjan Martensson (OrjanM) (148)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-03-23
Categories: Birds
Camera: nikon D 200, Nikkor AF-S 80-200mm f2.8 IF-ED, Sandisk Ext III 4gb
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-04-08 12:45
Viewed: 3863
Points: 8
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Still om my porch watching the birds come and feed.

I had this beauty in front of med a number of times in different light.


The Grey-headed Woodpecker (Picus canus), also known as the Grey-faced Woodpecker, is a Eurasian member of the woodpecker family Piciformes.

Its plumage closely resembles its near relative the Green Woodpecker. It has green upperparts, pale grey underparts and a yellow rump. It has a grey head with black moustache, and the male has a red crown. It has a shorter neck, slimmer bill and slightly rounder head than the Green Woodpecker.

It is 25-28 cm long and weighs 130-180 grams.

Grey-headed woodpeckers live in leaf forests and mixed forests. They breed in May and lay five to ten eggs which are brought up by both parents. The young hatch after 15-17 days, and learn to fly in four weeks.

In summer, the grey-headed woodpecker eats maggots, beetle larvae and other insects. In winter it takes seeds, and can even come to garden feeding places, especially if fat is offered.

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Hello Orjan,

Very good capture of Grey-headed Woodpecker. Good pose and composition, very sharp details and natural bright colours. Good work.

Thanks for sharing


very nice composition,beautiful colors, great sharpness!

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  • JPlumb Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 618 W: 158 N: 896] (2904)
  • [2008-04-08 21:19]

Hi Orjan, I've never seen a Grey-headed Woodpecker, so thanks for the introduction here. You have captured this one in a good pose on that angled branch. Though he is backlit, and somewhat in shadow we still have very good colour and excellent detail seen on the bird. Very nice presentation.

Thanks, John

Hej Örjan,
this is a very nice picture of the Grey-Headed Woodpecker.
The composition with the fin diagonal is very nice.
Nice lighting and fine details.
En mycket fin bild.

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