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Hairy Woodpecker

Hairy Woodpecker
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Copyright: Mario Belanger (EOSF1) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-09-19
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF 100-400 F4-5.6 L IS USM, ISO 400, B+W 77 010 UV-Haze 1 x
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/80 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-09-22 4:02
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Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
That Hairy Woodpecker (Picoides Villosus, 24 cm) was working very hard on an old tree of the Mont-Royal Cemetery in Montreal.

From: Oiseaux.Net

Physical description :
Hairy Woodpecker is a medium-sized black and white woodpecker. It has black head, with broad white supercilium and malar stripe extending to the rear neck. It has black moustache and nape. Back is white and rump is black. Wings are black with white spotting. Underparts are white. Tail is black, with white outer feathers.
Adult male has a red patch at the rear of the crown. It has greyish bill, nearly as long as head. Eyes are reddish brown. Legs and feet are greyish or tinged blue.
Female has black patch on the rear of the head. She is slightly smaller than male.
Juvenile male has red forehead, but lacks the red patch at the rear of the crown. Juvenile female is similar, but lacks the red.

Hairy Woodpecker's calls include a loud and sharp "peek", and a harsh rattle. When is disturbed, it utters a "brrrup" noise. When agitated, its call is a slurred and stuttering "peek-rr-krr". Its drumming is very fast and buzzy.

Habitat : Hairy Woodpecker is fairly common. It lives in both open and dense forests with dead trees. It also frequents gardens, parks and residential areas. But it can be found from sea level to high in the mountains.
GEOGRAPHIC RANGE: Hairy Woodpecker is resident from Central Alaska to Newfoundland, and southward, to Florida and Central America, and also in the Bahamas.

Behaviour : Hairy Woodpecker can hear wood-boring insects munching on the wood, and it may feel vibrations made by them, moving in the wood.
It forages on trees, bushes, and other kind of vegetation, but also on dead branches on the ground. It taps, probes and pries at the bark, and sometimes, it excavates deep into the bark, to get at the hidden insects.
When Hairy Woodpecker is disturbed, it flutters its wings, uttering "brrrup", or it engages tapping and pecking. It also drums and utters "kweek" calls.
When it threats of aggression a predator, it calls "kweek", and flutters aerial displays at the same time. To show aggression, it engages bill directing, head raised and head turned attitude, erected crest, bobbing head, flicking wings and spread wings.
To show submission, it performs tail spreading and utters its calls.
Hairy Woodpeckers are monogamous, and pairs may stay together for more of one season.

Flight : Hairy Woodpecker has a short and rapid flight.

Reproduction-nesting : Hairy Woodpecker's nest is located in a cavity. Male and female excavate the hole in live wood, at about 3 to 12 metres above the ground. Nest is only lined with wood chips.
Female lays 3 to 6 glossy white eggs. Incubation lasts about two weeks, by both parents. Male broods at night and female during the day. Chicks are fed by both adults. Young fledge at about one month, but they follow their parents during two weeks more, before to reach their independency.
This species produces only one clutch per season.

Food habits : Hairy Woodpecker feeds mainly on boring beetle larvae and insects. It also feeds on sap, berries, nuts, seeds and suet.

Protection / threats : Populations of Hairy Woodpeckers are increasing in some areas. Protection of dense forests and retaining trees for nest cavities help these birds to maintain their numbers.

JoseMiguel, Kathleen, tiklod, spalaxtr, Tobias__Ortmann, lise, Argus, marieproue, fartash, jaycee, Juyona, CeltickRanger, pierrefonds, SelenE has marked this note useful
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Hi Mario,
This birds are really marvelous!
I like this new capture of the WP, with your POV we can appreciate so well its patterns and colors on the head and back so clearly.
Ver appropriated exposure settings and composition.
Well done and thanks for share it.
My best regards,

Well composed image, Mario.
Good shot of the male Hairy Woodpecker...

Hi Mario.
Wonderful exposure, colour and detail, pin sharp and good moment caught of him hanging onto the side of the tree listening for his food.

Salut Mario,
Superbes détails, J'aime les plumes rouges, elles sont très bien mises en évidence. Les couleurs de ton arbre sont particulièrement très belles; couleurs froides à gauche et chaudes à droite... très intéressant!


Hi Mario,
Natural colors and bird very good. Well done. TFS. Mustafa

Hi great picture
very good moment you captured
nice colours and good pov
thanks for the nice words to my foto
I´m so tired

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-09-22 6:45]

Hello Mario,
Nice pattern and natural colours in this photo. Beautiful details with great sharpness. Very good composition, POV and pose.

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  • lise Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 169 W: 48 N: 548] (2877)
  • [2007-09-22 7:17]

Hi Mario,
Wonderful shot of this woodpecker! Lovely details and sharpness, great composition.
Very well done

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-09-22 7:55]

Hello Mario,
Very nice capture of a Downy Woodpecker. Great sharpness and feather details and excellent POV and pose. In fact I can't fault this one: it is topp class in every respect!
Well done and TFS!
Have a nice weekend,

Et bien Mario, tu nous présente là un pic bien peu commun, je n'en n'avais même jamais entendu parler.
Encore une magnifique photo aux couleurs vives et très bien contrastées, mise au point impeccable et très bonne note,

Hello Mario
What a great shot of this Woodpecker,
Great details,pose and BG,Superb shot.

Good Luck

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-09-22 15:08]

Hi Mario,

A beautiful woodpecker and a beautiful picture. You caught him in a wonderful position on the tree showing off the red feathers on the back of his head. Excellent blacks and whites and good sharp details.
Very well composed.


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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-09-22 19:53]

Hola Mario,
magnífica captura,
con excelente foco,
colores naturales y pov, genial...

bonjour Mario

j'aime l'angle par laquelle ta photo est prise,
et beaux détails du plumage de ce pic



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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-09-23 0:34]

Hi Mario,
Outstanding shot of this beautiful Woodpecker with immaculate sharpness and lovely colours on its plumage. The lighting and focus are perfect and you have captured a fabulous pose here. The wood looks a fine BG. I like the red tuft on its head and your POV to portray it. Very nicely composed. Kudos.

Bonjour Mario,

Une belle image de ce pic bois chevelu, la photo a une bonne composition, netteté et de belles couleurs. Bonne journée.


Bonjour Mario,
Quelle belle prise, on voit tous les détails, son plumage est très net, le pov et la composition sont superbes.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-09-24 8:51]

Hi Mario,
I liked the POV, it shows all the details and patterns on the plumage. Good focus and sharpness. TFS
Best wishes,

bonjour mario
ici nous avons le pic epeiche qui lui ressemble mais helas je n'en aperçois pas souvent ou alors de trop loin.
c'est une nouvelle image tres bien realisée.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-09-25 9:47]

Hello Mario

Excellent POV and clarity.
It's like you are right beside it.The focus and details are sharp with wonderful plumage detail.The lighting and colours are well done.TFS.


Salut Mario,
Magnifique ce pivert à la coiffure Punk.
Il me rappelle ce pivert qui pendant toute ma jeunesse me réveillait par son "toc toc ..." dans les arbres près de ma chambre.
Merci pour le souvenir

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