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Hairy Woodpecker

Hairy Woodpecker
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Copyright: shelley penner (shyanni) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 138 W: 41 N: 163] (840)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-02-19
Categories: Birds
Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ20, Lumix Teleconversion 1.5X
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Woodpeckers [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-02-20 11:19
Viewed: 5169
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I have found a new place to go walking and bird watching. The area was just full of birds yesterday -- we saw two kinds of Sparrows foraging along the creek banks, several Oregon Juncos, a flock of Steller's Jays, two Flickers, half a dozen American Robins, and we heard one hawk but it was on the far side of the creek and we couldn't see it. We headed back to the bridge to cross over and try to find it, but we could hear the Jays mobbing it, and by the time we reached the bridge they had chased it away. But then this Hairy Woodpecker landed just twenty feet away and posed so nicely for me, so I was not quite so disappointed about missing the hawk.

Hairy Woodpecker (Picoides villosus) -- looks very much like a Downy Woodpecker, but is quite a bit larger, with a head smaller in proportion to the body and a much longer, heavier beak. Also has fewer spots on the wings. However, it's call sounds identical to the Downy, at least to my ear.

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Welcome to TN Shelley. Like your post, focus is a little soft around the head, but that what happens when the head moves and the body is still - been there, done that :)
Like the DOF. Good job!

Hi Shelly very nice posting here. I love the challenge of getting these woodpeckers on shot. This is a very nice close up with some nice details showing. Nice work.


The point of view is well chosen. I like the moss looking golden green in parts.

Hello Shelley
Cepioc est ravissant les couleurs sont superbes le vert de la mousse apres l arbre fait un bel effet
Merci et bravo...JP

Hi Shelly,

Great POV. Overall, the woodpecker looks great, plume et all.

TFS, KIran.

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  • deons Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 58 W: 0 N: 55] (595)
  • [2006-02-20 12:50]

Hi Shelly

Very sharp shot of the Woodpecker. Well focussed and good control of DOF.


Hello Shelley!
Amazing shot. Woodpecer are one of my favourite birds and it's beaks and "hats" are really amazing!
Thank you for ths great shot!

Vraiment très bien ce pic Shelley. Tout en détail avec une belle scène de forêt verte.


Hello Shelley
Very nice shot.
Good composition and POV.
good colors and BG.

Hi Shelley,
Early morning rush, well worth the big smiley.
Thanks for posting, have a good week.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2006-02-21 9:18]

A beauty, sharp and clear, well composed. Very good light ! Thanks,


Hi Shelley

Sorry, in a bit of a rush today. No time for a proper critique, but well worth the big green :-) TFS.

Hello Shelley,

A lovely setting for this wonderful downy woodpecker.

Great details, I especially like the moss clinging to the trees; colors, POV, exposure, and BG are also pleasing.

Nicely done, thank you!

I think this is a good shot. Well done.

Hi Shelley,
Excellent capture and close up. Nice colors and shadows, good details as well.

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  • Athila Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 239 N: 493] (1982)
  • [2006-04-06 14:18]

Hi Shelly!

Nice bird picture. I like the POV. Focus looks sharp and dark exposure keeps the feeling of being in the woods. Composition is good and blured BG looks great.

Great picture and TFS.

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