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Middle Spotted Woodpecker

Middle Spotted Woodpecker
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Copyright: Fikret Yorgancioglu (fiyo) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-08-12
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, AF Nikkor 300mm EDf/4
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/500 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-02-21 3:12
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Middle Spotted Woodpecker
TR: Ortanca ağaçkakan

Scientific classification:

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum : Vertebrata
Class: Aves
Order: Piciformes
Family: Picidae
Genus: Dendrocopos
Species: D. medius
Binomial name
Dendrocopos medius
(Linnaeus, 1758)

The Middle Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos medius) is a European woodpecker belonging to the genus Dendrocopos.

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.
Race sanctijohannis from the Zagros region

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 and the Caucasus. 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 5cm 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.


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-02-21 3:44]

Hello Fikret,
This is an impressive capture! Exposure, details,of this Middle Spotted Woodpecker are stunning. This is so beautiful to see them close to their natural habitat.Best regards Siggi

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2011-02-21 5:49]

Hello Firket,
Very nice photo of Woodpecker. Perfect sharpness. great colours. In my country this species live but don't know what it's grapes.
Regards, Pawel

Bonjour Fikret,
Très belle valorisation du sujet dans son environnement.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-02-21 6:50]

Very fine portrait of this woodpecker, beautiful pose and details. tfs.

Hi Fikret - a splendid capture of the woodpecker. Sharpness is awesome with such a great POV. TFS

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2011-02-21 7:20]

Hello Fikret,
A superb capture of this Woodpecker enjoying some beautiful grapes. Excellent sharpness and beautiful light and colours. Very well framed too.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

hello Fikret
great sharpness and very good light with beautiful colours
greeting lou

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2011-02-21 9:38]

Very good photo, TFS!

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2011-02-21 12:58]

Hello Fikret
Another perfect capture, details, colors and composition, all is perfect
Thanks for sharing

Hello Fikret,
Amazing image captured in a warm light from excellent POV. Impressive details, lovely colours and great OOF BG. Well done!

Hi Fikrit,
Great capture of this wonderful woodpecker. Great colors, light and focus. The grapes in the picture are an unusual bonus. Amazing focus on the eye, I can even see the color of its retina. Well done.

Another award wining combination of colors, detail, sharpness and composition Fikret! perfect depth of field and superb point of view! Bravo! Great shot indeed!
George Veltchev

Fikret Dostum,
Giderek kuşlarla konuşabildiğine ve onlara istediğin pozu verdirebildiğine inanmaya başladım! Yakın plan fotografinin tüm incelikleri açılarından mükemmel, kusursuz bir çekim olmuş, ellerine sağlık arkadaşım.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-02-22 12:09]

Merhaba Fikret,
A fine portrait of a Middle-spotted Woodpecker on a grapevine stem. The composition is perfect and taken with excellent sharpness and natural colours in this lateral POV.
Kind regards,

Hello Fikret
Impressive photo with excellent composition, wonderful colours, and very good sharpness.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-02-23 1:51]

Hello Fikret,
Most beautiful..lovely woodpecker shot with this amazing conjunction of bird and grapes. And a superb light which illuminates the whole scene. Very very pleasant, indeed!
Kind regards

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