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Copyright: Sky Fa (SkyF) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-01-21
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D70s, 70 - 300mm
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/160 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-02-12 7:17
Viewed: 4158
Points: 68
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Close to twenty species of woodpeckers live in North America. Most woodpeckers live all year in the same area and don't migrate.

Winter weather is hard on birds. Their calorie requirements increase, food becomes hard to find, snow covers up the seeds and ice storms seal away the tree buds and wild fruits. Tiny birds must eat a third to three quarters of its weight each day.

Woodpeckers enjoy suet. Suet is raw white beef fat. It provides a high energy source for woodpeckers. Place suet cakes in a mesh bag or suet
feeder. Suet can also be smeared onto the bark of trees. Peanut butter also is a rich source of fat and protein. In the winter offer peanut butter for woodpeckers.

soften BG

Bufo, scottevers7, Argus, Necipp, Adanac, jcoowanitwong, horia, volkan, ramthakur, jaycee, star74, Alex99, pvb, gallezeric, jeanpaul, jmp, zenitlady, fiyo, Silke, dew77, nainnain, Juyona, izler, peter_stoeckl, aido has marked this note useful
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Hello Sky this a lovely shot the detail is good and a nice composition nicely blurred background tfs rgds Necip.

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  • Bufo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 404 W: 69 N: 951] (4247)
  • [2007-02-12 7:22]

Hello Sky,
what a cute little fuzzy woodpecker it is. Although it's not completely sharp, the picture is very nice.

hi sky,
impressive capture,
well composed shot,
framed nicely, nice blurred bg,
tfs & regards

Hi Sky,
A very nice shot on this Woodpecker. Nice color saturation for a grey winter day. Godd OOF backround shows him well.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-02-12 7:27]

Hello Sky,
Nice capture of the Downy Woodpecker with appealing pose at the feeding table. This is a good presentation with excellent BG and comp.
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

Hello Sky,
This is a good close-up of this tinny guy :) I like those details and pose you captured. It seems to be in movement a bit. Like this natural lightning too and this nice composition. Well done! Thanks,

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-02-12 8:35]

Hello Sky,
Very nice capture of this woodpecker, the colors are vibrant and the details are sharp except the beak area so he must have been moving, thanks for sharing.

Hello Sky,
Look like this woodpecker unable to decide, in front of plentiful, which seed to pick. Cute pose, plumage details, and great color contrast are contributed to this impressive image. Congratulations and best regards,

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-02-12 10:48]

Aren't we very curious?? :)))))
What a great pose! This is really a superb catch, Sky!
The POV here is excellent and the DOF works very well to blurr the BG nicely.
Good details and lovely colors, nice framing and composition.

Bravo and TFS

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  • volkan Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 497 W: 10 N: 4] (2425)
  • [2007-02-12 10:56]

Hi Sky,
Beautiful capture of this bird and lovely colors.
Nice job.

Hello Sky,
This is the first woodpecker I have seen NOT on a tree but on a flat surface, examining the food in front of it, looking quite undecided about which seed to pick first :-)!
Lovely image!
It is very nice of you to feed the birds during harsh times.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-02-12 11:35]

Hi Sky,

Nice shot of the woodpecker. I love the look in his eye.



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  • star74 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 211 W: 3 N: 598] (2474)
  • [2007-02-12 12:03]

Hello Sky,
This is a lovely shot.
The colors are superb.
Point of view,sharpness and details are marvellous.
Nice job.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-02-12 12:24]

Hi Sky.
You have set bird thinking. It is impossible to give it so a lot of food : ))
I like your POV very much as well as the pictured moments, pose of the bird and impressive cropping and framing. BG is very nice too. My best regards and TFS.

Cześc SKY,
Super kolorki, Bardzo ładna kompozycja, świetnie rozmyte tło.
Regards - BratAni

bonjour sky
vous avez bien de la chance d'avoir reussi a attirer un pic sur votre mangeoire,j'ai bien des graines de trounesol et du suif pour les appater mais sans resultat,ou alors ils viennent lorsque je ne suis pas la.
merci pour ce partage.

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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2007-02-12 13:25]

Hi Sky,
Very impressive shot, how did you get so close? Very good colours and nice composition. Nice blurred bg and framing.
TFS Paula

bonjour Sky,

très belle prise de vue bonne composition et couleurs bravo


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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-02-12 16:54]

Hi Sky,
I like the pose of this cute bird. Great details, colors and composition.
Best regards, José M.

Hello Sky! This is a very good shot! I know how hard it is to capture these little guys because their heads are always twisting from side to side. Lovely wisps of feathers on his breast, colours are spot on! Great job, Linda

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-02-12 23:27]

Hello Sky

A beautiful little woodpecker.Well focused with excellent details and colours.The red patch really sticks out nicely.You have captured a certain intentness in this little chap,he really is concentrating on his seedsNicely done ,TFS


Belle photo de cet oiseau,vos photos sont jolies et bien nettes,claire et les détails sont très visibles,merci. Amitiés Thomas

Hello Sky,
Beautiful composition with your fluffy little friend!
And don't forget they need extra food now in the cold...
That red spot is an eye-catcher, of course!
Pablo -

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2007-02-13 3:20]

Hello Sky,
very nice capture; sharpness, colors, light, composition, everything is excellent !

Bonjour Sky!
Belle composition, les détails sont nettes.
Bonne capture!J'en ai toujours 3 ou 4 dans mon arbre pres de ma gallerie.
Merci et a bientôt...JP
Les sourires demain

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-02-13 13:34]

It is very rare indeed to see these little ones on a horizontal surface instead of a vertical one! Fabulous capture, with superb colours and details and truly fabulous notes

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-02-14 7:07]

Hello Sky,
Wonderful capture.POV,details,colors,simple BG,framing and composition are excellent.Have a great day!

adorable aussi celle-ci, bien nette et moi j' adorent surtout sa petite collerette rouge
bon travail, bravo

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-02-14 17:32]

Bella captura, buen pov. y detalles,
bonita presentación y bg. saludos

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2007-02-15 18:20]

hello sky
good timing and nice capture while its eating. composition, point of view, background, colours, details and pp working are great

Hallo Sky,
berührendes Dokument dieses Spechts, für den hier mitten im harten Winter gut gesorgt wird. Stimmungsvolle und schwungvoll lebendige Aufnahme aus sehr gut gewähltem tiefen Blickwinkel. Danke auch für die guten Empfehlungen für passendes Vogelfutter, weiss nun auch, wie Rindertalg auf englisch heißt.
Hoffe auf ein baldiges Ende Eures harten Winters.
Mit Dank und besten Grüßen,

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2007-03-11 16:55]

Hi Sky,
One of my favourite birds, such a cute little thing :-) Nice shot capturing those textures in the breast feathers. Great detail and colours too, well framed. Nice work!

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  • twin Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 17 N: 494] (3259)
  • [2007-04-07 5:58]

very nice pic of the lovely woodpecker...
beautiful composition ang great details...
well done sky..


Impresionante. Muy buen enfoque y excelente expresión del ave. Una fotografía maravillosa.
Saludos: J. Ignasi

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