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Greater Spotted Woodpecker female

Greater Spotted Woodpecker female
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Copyright: Ivan Kruys (Argus) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-03-28
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 7D, Canon EF 300 f4L + Canon 1.4 converter
Exposure: f/11, 1/1000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-04-02 8:19
Viewed: 4383
Points: 58
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This was taken on a cold but partially sunny day recently.

Greater Spotted Woodpecker female, Dendrocopus major

Swedish name: Större hackspett

The female lacks the males red on the nape of the neck.

As this woodpecker species has been shown many times on TN, it is sufficient to say that it is the most common species of woodpecker in Europe.

This female landed on a birch trunk in a nature reserve that we visited. We were still in the car in the parking lot and took some shots from the car at a distance of about 5 meters.

After light cropping and size reduction and light adjustment the image was slightly sharpened and converted to JPEG.

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Hello Ivan
another superb picture of a bird.
this picture of Greater Spotted Woodpecker (female)is very well composed with great clarity and colour.
nice side view.
TFS and regards,

Excellent picture with great details of the Woodpecker.It resembles our Himalayan Woodpecker.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2013-04-02 8:53]

Hello Ivan,
Great perfection in sharpness, details, pose and composition. Beautiful colours and attractive eye contact. Fantastic contrasting blurred background too.

Hello Ivan,
Beautiful capture with fine details and clarity,lovely composition with excellent balance.
Thanks and best regards,

Hello Ivan
A superb photo in a classic pose.
Excellent detail, light and background.
Lovely to see this beautiful bird
regards yiannis

hallo Ivan
super good picture with great details and beautiful colours
thanks greeting lou

Hi Ivan,
beautiful bird. Amazing colours. A lot of details.
Perfect point of view.
Thanks for sharing,

Beautiful capture with fine details and natural colors


Hello sir ...
It's really wonderful pic with great sharpness and good details ...Natural light suplendid beautifully and blurred BG is looking so good Nice POV ...the focus on the subject is really awesome ....Thanks for sharing this fantastic pic

Ciao Ivan, great capture of lovely in nice pose on beautiful lighting BG, excellent clarity, fine details, wonderful natural colors and superb sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-04-02 11:21]

Hi Ivan,your winter is full of nice surprise like this! It's impossible in my country to go so close at a woodpecker,this is a miracle,or maybe the swedish ones are too friendly..eheh...the pic is really beautiful,i like how you manage the different light levels,very birght colors too.Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

Hello Mr.Ivan,
Nice POV and well focus on subject.I like its details on body.You have captured it well with brilliant sharpness and colour.
Yhanks for sharing,
Kind regards and respect,

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  • pirate Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 799 W: 152 N: 1186] (7474)
  • [2013-04-02 12:03]

Hi Ivan
very nice compo, light is great

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2013-04-02 12:26]

Hi Ivan,
Really masterpiece in nese colours and wish
sharpness details. Beautiful blurred background.
Composition are nice too.
Regards Jiri.

Ciao Ivan. Great pose for the pleasant Woodpecker. Stunning details against the blurred BG. Lovely compo.


Hello Yvan

Excellent close-up photo of the female of the
Greater Spotted Woodpecker, in a typical
woodpecker pose, fine POV and framing,
very beautiful soft light, great focus,
sharpness, and details, TFS


GREAT photo Ivan! The composition, the BG and the sharpness are excellent! The lighting and the colours are fantastic!

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2013-04-02 23:22]

Hej Ivan,

This one is perfect to the last detail! A real classic pic of a woodpecker. Thanks!

BTW, here we hav only one species, the Syrian Woodpecker, Dendrocopos syriacus.



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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2013-04-02 23:53]

Hello Ivan,Excellent photo, Woodpecker in tipical pose, very good colours. This species I see enough rarely.
Regards, Pawel

照的很清晰 光線柔和感人
鳥很可愛 姿勢逗趣

A very nice portrait of this woodpecker. Well done.

Good morning Ivan
Great capture of this wonderful woodpecker.Great POV,wonderful natural colours and excellent sharpness.Thank You.
Have a good day!
Best regards

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  • hsn6a Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 0 N: 435] (8652)
  • [2013-04-03 7:06]

Hello Ivan,
excellent capture,excellent D.major,thanks and regards..

Bonjour Ivan
Trčs belle publication valorisant le sujet dans une belle attitude.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Superb capture of this Woodpecker""" TFS, Ferran

Hi Ivan,
Superb shot of you again with excellent sharpness, proper exposure and pleasant composition. Great pose of the woodpecker, and a perfect capture overall. Congratulations.
Best regards, László

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  • IronM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 144 W: 3 N: 345] (2608)
  • [2013-04-14 11:23]

Hi Ivan,
what a wonderful photo of this beautiful woodpecker,
well composed, excellent sharpness, great details, natural colors !
Best regards !

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2013-04-14 18:28]

Hello Ivan,
A gorgeous image of this Greater Spotted Woodpecker. It reminds me a lot of our Downy woodpeckers here in Ohio. Love the vertical framing and exceptional detail you managed to achieve. Colors are well saturated yet natural and exposure could not be any finer. Great work!!

Hello Ivan,
Excellent photograph of Greater Spotted Woodpecker female, excellent sharpness and details, excellent composition, excellent background and lighting.

Very nice, sweet shot Ivan!
I especially like the dappled light and bokeh here.
Well done old friend!

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