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the Bull

the Bull
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Copyright: David Robert (Dave) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 503 W: 43 N: 657] (2178)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-01-30
Categories: Birds
Camera: NikonD200, AF VR-Nikkor 80-400mm ED
Exposure: f/5.3, 1/250 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2007-02-02 6:08
Viewed: 4066
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Yellow-bellied sapsucker Sphyrapicus varius
* Wings and back patterned more or less like adult
* Head brownish and streaked, with weak postocular stripe and moustachial stripe
* Reddish wash on forehead
* Pale chest barred heavily with brown
* Yellowish belly sparsely barred and streaked with brown
* Juvenal plumage retained until first spring

This is from the day before it snowed. During the snow I had a lot of activity from the Yellow-bellied sapsuckers. Maybe I only have one or two juveniles visiting me. I titled this picture the Bull because of their behavior. Those who have observed hummingbirds for any length of time are probably familiar with the Bull. It is a lone bird that covetously stands guard over a feeder. Whenever there are other visitors to the feeder the Bull swoops in and chases them off. So has this little yellow-bellied sapsucker been acting. I've watched it chase away red-bellied woodpeckers, a beautiful Northern Flicker, and a nut-hatch or two.
So goes the animal kingdom where some like to covetously hang on to what they perceive as their territory.

I hope everyone has a great day!


Exposure Time = 1/250"
F Number = F5.3
Exposure Program = Shutter priority
ISO Speed Ratings = 100
Focal Length = 300mm
Exif Image Width = 2592
Exif Image Height = 3872

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-02-02 7:00]

Hi Dave,
Fine capture of a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker.
This is sharp and well composed with fine BG and catchlight in the eye, even though that eye is in the shade.
Well done and TFS!
Regards, Ivan

hi David,
un très bon cliché pas facile à réalisé, cet oiseau étant souvent perché très haut.
la cadrage est excellent, et le jeu de camouflage avec le tronc intéressant.
Juste un légère perte de netteté (ws).


Hi Dave,
Your work just keeps improving! The composition is excellent. A difficult exposure with the back lighting, but you managed it well. I like how the sunlight just hits the edges around his head. Nice color saturation and good detail. I bet you are loving that 80-400.

Hi David
Nicely capturing this beautiful bird.
Great shot.

Ben Lakitan

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-02-02 19:57]

Hi Dave,
Great closeup, the colors, deatils and composition are all excellent. So he was being a bully you should have shown him who's boss.

Hi Dave,
Nice pecker shot mf. Good DOF, color, detail, and use of flash to fill the shadowed side..
Well composed, nice BG colors and a great POV also :)
Well done!

Hello Dave,
This is the first time I see this specie :) What a nice and unusual one! I like it pose exposure and colors. I guess that this lightning was hard to manage with but you did great. This little light in its eye is superb and I also like this nice blue BG. Well done! Thanks,
PS, I would trade your Tufted Titmouse anytime with my Cardinal :)

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-02-03 12:09]

Hello David,
Wonderful capture.POV,use of backlight,clear eyes,framing,details and visual impact are excellent.Have a great weekend!

Hi Dave

I'm still around here, my friend, just that time became a very limited thing for me. This year is the final one before the graduation of the second university studies for me, so I have to take more extra jobs to pay all the expenses that this final year implies (taxes, materials for my graduation thesis, etc)
I'm not forgeting my friends though. I watch from time to time what's new around TN and I hope that somewhere in mid - summer to be able to post and participate more consistent here. Till then, I just have to be patient.
And it's true that your photography is gaining artistic quality with every new shot you post here.

Cheers, Petru

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-02-04 13:19]

Hello David,
a wonderful shot, I love how its head is heighlighted by the sun. Very nice POV the sky makes a wondeful back drop to show of the details in the plumage. Goiod sharpenss and lovely colors.
Well done.

Hmm Dave,
I like this picture for 3 things :
1.The pov, the trunk going from top to bottom and the torso and the head pointing out diagonally!! Its beautiful
2. The exposure, the exposure is so well managed , the details on the bird is amazing.
3. BG

Having said that the only thing i did not like is the frame around the picture ( its just my opinion, not really a nit)


Nice shot Dave I love how the plummage is matched to the tree exceellent demonstration of camourflage nice focus on the eye and dof tfs rgds Necip.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-10-14 16:00]

Hello David

A beautiful portrait of this Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker.The eye contact and catch light is exquisite.The lighting and colours are wonderful.The POV and DOF are excellent with excellent focus and sharpness.The vertical composition is lovely.TFS



Je découvre ta galerie, et je dois dire que tes photos d'oiseaux sont toutes plus belles les unes que les autres... Il n'y a pas assez de points (2 c'est vraiment peu) pour montrer combien j'apprécie...

Bravo et merci de partager.


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