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Downy Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker
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Copyright: jeanpaul Bolduc (jeanpaul) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2097 W: 99 N: 3518] (14962)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-09-22
Categories: Birds
Camera: Pentax *ist D, 70-300mm f4-5.6
Exposure: f/4.6, 1/380 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-01-24 14:29
Viewed: 4523
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
Downy Woodpecker
(Picoides pubescens)
General Information
The Downy Woodpecker may be the most familiar woodpecker in North America. It occurs throughout North America where woodlands are found, being absent only from tundra regions of Canada and Alaska, and from southern Texas. It is virtually identical to the Hairy Woodpecker, but is much smaller and with a much shorter bill.

Downy Woodpeckers readily visit backyard feeders where suet and peanut butter are offered. Their familiar drumming rolls are commonly heard in the spring, and have awakened many when they choose a drainspout, mailbox or other metallic surface to announce their territory and attract a mate.

Only 15 to 17 cm long, the Downy Woodpecker is very small compared to most North American woodpeckers. Its contrasting black and white plumage gives it a formal tuxedo like appearance.

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Impressive but may be a little too light (overexposed)

bonjour Jean-Paul

jolie photo du pic mineur, prise par un excellent POV,
excellent focus netteté et détails, jolie pose de l'oiseau,



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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2010-01-24 16:08]

Hi Jean Paul

Seems like this little Downy Woodpecker aren't satisfied with a normal hole in the tree
to call home. No, it must be a house that will make the Jones' green with envy, judging
by the decoration provided by the Lichen (chuckle). A nice capture with good details in
the plumage. It sure is great to see you're doing some "regular" postings again. We've
been missing your lovely Quebec contributions for some time.

Well done and TFS.
Have a great week MF.

Hello Jeanpaul,
Excellent capture of this wonderful woodpecker. Very nice details and good sharpness.
Great composition with lovely background.

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2010-01-24 23:03]

Hello Jeanpaul, excellent capture of a Downy woodpaecker in a fine composition with great details.
TFS and R's,

Hi dear jeanpaul ,
Nice capture with great details.
Kind regards

Hi Jeanpaul

Cool shot of this attractive woodpecker attending his nest? Good composition, sharpness, details and DOF.


Hi Jeanpaul,

An awesome of this beauty in a lovely posture on lichen-covered trunk from wonderful POV with delightful composition.
TFS and have a nice day!


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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2010-01-25 6:46]

Hi Jean-Paul,
Very nice capture of this woodpeceker.I liked POV,pose of bird,framing and composition a lot.Excellent work!
Thanks for posting..

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2010-01-25 9:23]

Salut Jean Paul
Excellente composition.Bon PDV et image bien en focus.J'aime bien la pause de ton sujet.
Merci Michel

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-01-25 13:27]

Hello Jean Paul,
a great woodpecker shot,sharp and detailed composition,I like his pose on the branch and the contrasting BG.
Best regards Siggi

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2010-01-25 18:28]

Hello JeanPaul,
Superb image of this female downy searching the lichen for tidbits of a meal. Thank you for sharing this sharp detailed image with us.

hello Jeanpaul,
a beautiful shot against the difficult light, the colors output is very good with fine sharpness, it's a good photo with a Woodpecker!
keep photographing! TFS

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-01-27 6:12]

Hi Jeanpaul,
very beautifully taken in excellent view. the colours are very special and the camouflaged is wonderful,
good sharpness and clarity.
Well taken with the blurry background that enhance the beauty.


Bonjour Jean-Paul,

I'm glad You returned to the site. Almost 4 years ago, when I was a newcomer, one of the 1st critiques I received came from You.

This shot's nice. Not so colorful as a lot others of You, but sharpness and details on the woodpecker are beautiful. A pity there are some blown out parts in the background though.

Tfs, best regards from Hungary, László

Absolutely stunning!!!
Great notes.
Am going to refer to this image when I post my Downy... hopefully next week. Hope you don't mind.
Greetings from Calgary.

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