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Copyright: Luis Leal (Luis52) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-05-08
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D80, Sigma EX 50-500mm f/4-6.3 APO HSM DG
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/800 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Angelina's Favorites - Part I [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-01-19 7:40
Viewed: 5356
Points: 100
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From My Archives.

Woodpeckers are near passerine birds of the order Piciformes. They are found worldwide and include about 180 species.

Woodpeckers gained their English name because of the habit of some species of tapping and pecking noisily on tree trunks with their beaks. This is both a means of communication to signal possession of territory to their rivals, and a method of locating and accessing insect larvae found under the bark or in long winding tunnels in the tree.

Physiology and behavior
Some woodpeckers and wrynecks in the order Piciformes have zygodactyl feet, with two toes pointing forward, and two backward. These feet, though adapted for clinging to a vertical surface, can be used for grasping or perching. Several species have only three toes. The woodpecker's long tongue, in many cases as long as the woodpecker itself, can be darted forward to capture insects. The tongue is not attached to the woodpecker's head in the same way as it is in most birds, but instead it curls back up around its skull, which allows it to be so long.

The woodpecker first locates a tunnel by tapping on the trunk. Once a tunnel is found, the woodpecker chisels out wood until it makes an opening into the tunnel. Then it worms its tongue into the tunnel to try to locate the grub. The tongue of the woodpecker is long and ends in a barb. With its tongue the woodpecker skewers the grub and draws it out of the trunk.

Woodpeckers also use their beaks to create larger holes for their nests which are 15–45 cm (6–18 inches) below the opening. These nests are lined only with wood chips and hold 2–8 white eggs laid by the females. Because the nests are out of sight, they are not visible to predators and eggs do not need to be camouflaged. Cavities created by woodpeckers are also reused as nests by other birds, such as grackles, starlings, some ducks and owls, and mammals, such as tree squirrels.

Several adaptations combine to protect the woodpecker's brain from the substantial pounding that the pecking behavior causes: it has a relatively thick skull with relatively spongy bone to cushion the brain; there is very little cerebrospinal fluid in its small subarachnoid space; the bird contracts mandibular muscles just before impact, thus transmitting the impact past the brain and allowing its whole body to help absorb the shock; and its relatively small brain is less prone to concussion than other animals'.

the systematics of woodpeckers is quite convoluted. Based on an assumption of unrealistically low convergence in details of plumage and behavior, 5 subfamilies were distinguished. However, it has turned out that similar plumage patterns and modes of life are not reliable to determine higher phylogenetic relationships in woodpeckers, and thus only 3 subfamilies should be accepted.

For example, the genera Dryocopus (Eurasia and Americas) and Campephilus (Americas) of large woodpeckers were believed to form a distinct group. However, they are quite unrelated and instead close to a Southeast Asian genus, Mulleripicus and Chrysocolaptes, respectively. In addition, the genus allocation of many species, e.g. the Rufous Woodpecker, has turned out to be in error, and some taxa with unclear relationships could be placed into the phylogeny

Saludos Luis52

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-01-19 7:48]

Hi Luis.
I am amazed with subject and quality of the shot so much. It is brilliant in every respect. POC is superb as well as the composition and framing. I like wonderful impressive sunlight. Colours and details/sharpness are fantastic. Pose and glance of the bird are attractive at high range. Bravo and my congratulations. Perfect job.

Hola Luis,
Thank you for this excellent shot of a woodpecker, your exposure and focus are perfect and the composition shows the bird in its natural nest, very good indeed! TFS.

Hi Luis,
a very nice shot with good exposure and details.
Maybe a little more space to left but thats a minor nit.
Nice colours and lighting.
Well done.

Have a nice weekend.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-01-19 7:54]

Hola Sr. Luis,
Very nice portrait of the Red-shafted Flicker, showing himself from his nesting hole in a good pose. Fine sharpness, lighting, colors and composition.
Well done amigo,
Un abrazo fraternal,

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-01-19 8:00]

Hola Luis,
What a outstanding image my friend, razor sharp details and vivid colors in the plumage. The whole composition is incredible Luis, thank you for sharing.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-01-19 8:09]

Hello Luis,
Very well-timed and excellent capture of this woodpecker just popping out of its hole. Nice profile showing very sharp details and lovely colours. Well composed too.
TFS and regards, Ulla

Hello Luis,
Wonderful sharp detailed photo. Great natural and vivid colours. Fantastic DOF, POV and composition.

Another one in my favorites bin...wonderful shot. What a whimsical pose! Perfect!

Hello Luis,
splenid bird perfectly photographied,
focus is perfect and show us incredible details, lovely natural lighting and splendid colours, I like very much the scene and attitude of this wonderfull woodpecker

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  • Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
  • [2008-01-19 9:15]

hi uis,
lovely picture.very good composition. catchlight is also very well seen,

Hi Luis,
Fun shot of the Woodpecker looking out of his house.
Fine focus, color detail, pov, and comp.
Well done, TFS

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-01-19 9:19]

Hi Luis,

Fantastic shot of this Flicker. Rarely are they captured showing the entire face. Love the pose. Everything about this shot is wonderful.


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-01-19 9:20]

Hi Luis. You have captured this with a fantastic pose with the Woodpecker looking out. very good detail and colour. A very good POV/DOF. well done . good notes too.

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-01-19 9:44]

merhaba luis
good timing and good capturing of this cute woodpecker from your great archives
composition, point of view, background, lighting, colours, sharpness and details are great
thanks for sharing

fantastic photo Luis,
what a timing, very good photo, good clear shot very nice quality a pleasure to look at, good photojob, have a nice day.
gr. jaap

Saludos back to ya!
You just picked the right time to click the shutter Luis...It is though it was a character from central casting awaiting for the director, you, to say ok now put out your head! Perfect lighting as well..and so noted!

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2008-01-19 11:00]

Hi Luis

Wonderful capture of the Woodpecker, the pose is superb with the bird checking out whats about before emerging fron its hole, very nice details and beautiful colours.

TFS Hil :o)

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2008-01-19 11:03]

Hello Luis , Fantastic shot from woody ,great sharpnes colours details and compositie , tfs Greetings Teunie .

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-01-19 12:01]

Hi Luis
Excellent presentation.Beautiful POV and very sharp iamge .Details are great and light is lovely.
TFS Michel

Hola my friend from Mexico,
Amazing shot indeed with such sharpness, vivid colour and details!
the exposure and focus is perfectly done
my compliment to this and thanks for the useuful notes
muchas gracias
Saludo su familia

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-01-19 15:53]

Hola Luis,
I liked your timing here. Light, pose you caught and composition are very nice.
Un saludo,

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-01-19 17:42]

Hola Luis, a little masterpiece today, this is superb! I love the pov,, the pose of the bird is so cute. The light is great, the colours shine and are natural. I love the curves in the pattern of the bark of the tree, it is really nice and contrast with the little dots of the bird. Thanks!


hello Luis

superb shot, excellent timing to shoot the photo,
lovely smooth colours with excellent details
i love that good space you leavded in front of the Woodpecker



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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2008-01-19 23:47]

Hi Luis,

A very nice and well timed capture,I like this one,tfs


Hello Luis,

Very good picture of this woodpecker. Very nice composition and POV. Very good sharpness. Beautiful light and wonderful colours.
Very well done,

Hola Amigo,
Perfect composition really shows this flicker off extremely well. Love the fact it's pokin its head out the hole at the viewer. :)

Bonjour Luis
Très belle prise, excellente netteté, couleurs et lumière.
Amicalement Robi

Hi Luis,
Amazing, quelle beau pov, avec beaucoup de netteté et de belles couleurs.

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2008-01-20 9:35]

Hola Luis
Encantadora toma de doña "pájara carpintera" asomándose a la ventana, ji, ji. Espero que el mismo nido sirva para muchas generaciones, porque como tengan que construirse un pisito en cada tronco ¡qué trabajo!
Una foto formidable captada muy a tiempo y con una gran nitidez y hermoso colorido.
Felicidades y muchas gracias.
Un cordial saludo.

Good job catching this looking out of hole. The horizontal crop works well with his horizontal positioning. TFS

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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2008-01-20 12:06]

Hello Luis,
you done it beautiflly, amazing details and fantastic clarity and sharpness,
great work, beautiful pose captured
great notes
best regards, Dejan

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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2008-01-22 2:40]

Hi Luis
WOW! this is very nice capture of this beautiful woodpecher
well done

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-01-22 3:00]

Hola amigo Luis,
otra bella muestra de las maravillas que existen en esa tierra...
aparte de gente como tu, vaya piropo :))
precioso trabajo,
un saludo a la familia, en especial a Lidia, la chiquita, un abrazo amigos.PT

Hi Luis,
Very good detail, color, and exposure. I like the long necked pose and POV of the bird..
Complete with a nice catchlight and the woods textures add greatly :)
Well done!

Hi Luis,
A nice capture of this woodpecker. Well composed with excellent details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hello Luis awsome catch the sharpness and detail is superb, great timing wonderfull light and colour. tfs rgds Necip.

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  • lizzie Gold Star Critiquer [C: 207 W: 0 N: 605] (2855)
  • [2008-01-23 16:50]

Hi Luis,

A beautiful shot that you're presenting us. You've captured this woodpecker with such amazing sharpness and impressive natural colours. I love the pose of the bird showing us a beautiful bright eye under a perfect light. Very well done!


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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-01-24 9:58]

Hello Luis

Excellent timing on this shot.The flicker looks a bit surprised.
Wonderful clarity with sharp focus and detail.
The lighting and colours are super.
Excellent textures too.


Fabulosa captura de este inquieto pájaro.
Bellos colores y acertada exposición.
Muy buen comentario.
Saludos, JL.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-01-26 12:21]

Hi Luis

Stunning shot of this woodpecker! I love the way he is peering out of the hole. The shot is sharp and you have caught some fabulous details



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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2008-01-27 22:37]

Hola Luis,
Linda captura deste lindo carpintero
Great POV and composition.. Well done


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  • vral Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 65 W: 1 N: 218] (1049)
  • [2008-01-28 3:03]

Hello Luis,

Lovely capture of the woodpecker in the nest.

Nice POV,DOF,BG and colors.



Hi Luis.
Wow this too is an excellent shot, lighting, framing, composition, exposure, all superb, really nice work well done, all the best Cheers Rick :)

Hi Luis

Woodpeckers are my favourite birds, but, from this picture, this one is among my favourite woodpeckers. What a delicately colored face and pattern on the belly. Brilliant capture for the perspective, colors and light.

TFS and Best

Sencillamente impresionante.


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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-02-05 9:39]

Hello Luis, very good portrait of this Pecker, great moment, very sharp details and very good exposure, well done, thanks!


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  • shal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 256 W: 64 N: 481] (2140)
  • [2008-02-20 20:12]

Hi Luis,
this is such a lovely shot, very well timed and captured,
Difficult when your waiting for it to peek out and give u just a few seconds to react,
Gr8 :D


Hola Luis!
Wonderful capture of this woodpecker. I like the pose which is presented on the photo. Details, DOF and sharpness are very good too, and note very informative.
It is amazing how beautiful colouration has this species.
Best greetings from Poland,

Your image is SOOOOOOOO BEAUTIFUL & notes too that I just HAD TO USE IT on my page.
Warm regards,
I took my image with a tiny SONY DSC-S60 from about 40 feet away.

Esta imagen merece un 100 por nitidez, luz y sobre todo por composición...saludos

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