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A female Downy woodpecker

A female 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: 2007-01-10
Categories: Birds
Camera: Pentax *ist D, 70-300mm f4-5.6
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/90 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-01-11 16:25
Viewed: 3004
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
Downy Woodpecker

Order: Piciformes
Family: Picidae
Genus: Picoides
Species: pubescens

F.C. Hennessey

Gr. pikos woodpecker
La. picus woodpecker
Gr. Circe, mythological daughter
of Helios, changed Picus, son
of Saturn, into a woodpecker
La. forma form, shape, kind
La. -oides resembling
La. pubescens pubescent coming
to puberty, hairy (for their
stiff bristles around the

Smallest and tamest of the woodpeckers. Six or seven inches long. Black crown, black and white streaks leading back from the beak across the side of the head and red patch in the back of the male's head. Black and white back. Black wings with white bars. White chin, throat and underside.

Widespread and abundant. Year around resident throughout the lower 50 states except the arid south west, from lower and coastal Alaska, throughout most of Canada below 60 degrees north latitude, lower Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland.

Downy Woodpeckers excavate their own cavities usually in partially decayed trees in deciduous and mixed forests, apple orchards, groves, farms, country homes and towns. Anywhere there are trees, even suburbs and cities.
Lays three to five, more or less, white eggs. Young hatch after less than two weeks incubation and young leave the nest in about another three weeks.

Forages for insects, berries and seeds on the branches of low trees, hedges, and brush heaps. Feeds on suet in cold weather.

Short drum rolls.

Louis Agassiz Fuertes

Occasionally emits a call resembling the metallic ring of a hammer contacting a chisel.

They are social birds, often seen in the company of other species including chickadees, nuthatches, titmice and wrens.

The Downy Woodpecker nest box (same as for Tufted Titmouse, Plain Titmouse, Mountain, Carolina, & Black-capped Chickadees, Red-breasted and White-breasted Nuthatches) has a 4" by 4" floor, 9" inside ceiling, 1 1/4" diameter entrance hole located 7" above the floor and ventilation openings.

Mount nest box on a tree trunk about eye level or just out of reach, higher only if necessary. Because they commonly nest in natural or abandon cavities, or excavate their own cavities, a few chips on the nest box floor are fitting.

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2007-01-11 16:49]
  • [2]

Hi JeanPaul

A cuddly ball of fluff you present us with this time. She is beautiful.

The composition is fine and the bottom-up POV gave us a slight different angle than the usual. The colours are well defined and the details are sufficient. The tree forms a good BG for the bird, but IMHO the brightly lit backlight area with the zigzag patterned twigs is a little disturbing. Otherwise the exposure was well controlled showing lovely contrasts on the plumage.

Nice work and TFS.

Bonsoir Jean Paul,
Une autre petite merveille avec de belles couleurs et une bonne composition.

Bonjour Jeanpaul,
Nice shot of this downy woodpecker.
Well composed and neat image.

Ben Lakitan

hi jeanpaul,
lovely capture,
well composed shot,
nice pov,
tfs & regards

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-01-12 3:46]


Another very beautiful capture from you, my friend!
This little woodpecker is shown well here, with a nice glimps on its beak and eye :)
The contrast here is simply great, the colors are lovely and well saturated and the details are very nice and sharp.
I like the look of that bark fro that tree, too...i'm sure she'll find some interesting food there ;)
Very well done!

Bravo and TFS

Hi JeanPaul,
A very nice shot on this Downy Woodpecker. Nice subtle colors and sharp detail in the plumage. Nice shot here.

What a beautiful photo, great job on the DOF , Nice capture of this beautiful bird..TFS
Donna :o)

Thanks for your comments and smilie on my photo "Riding it out " :o)

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  • jojo Gold Star Critiquer [C: 168 W: 0 N: 8] (176)
  • [2007-01-12 7:34]

Belle photo comme d'habitude
beaux détails J Paul


Hola JeanPaul,
Excelente captura de este pájaro carpintero que nunca había visto, buenos detalles y bonita composición. Saludos

Hi Jeanpaul,
Good image.
Well done

Your woodpeckers are turning legendary, JP, the way you shoot them in their natural habitat so nicely.
This one is yet another fine capture of this lovely bird.
Thanks for sharing it and take care.

Hi Jeanpaul, superb portrait of this bird, great details, very well done, have a nice week end, ciao Silvio

hello JP
toujours de magnifiques oiseaux dans ton beau pays, tu vois moi c' est encore des mésanges que je présente!!
ta phot est super, belles couleurs et détails
bravo +++

bonjour jeanpaul

bravo que dire de plus que ce qui a déjà éte dit que du bonheur d'aller voir tes photos bravo


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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2007-01-21 8:08]

Hi JeanPaul,
I think this was not an easy shot to take with the bright sky above, but you managed well. Nice low pov gives a different composition. Good scharpness and details with nice natural colours.
TFS Paula

Bonsoir Jean-Paul,

Une belle image de ce pic bois, la photo a une bonne composition, netteté et de jolies couleurs. Bonne soirée.


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