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Where are the girls!

Where are the girls!
Photo Information
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: 2007-02-01
Categories: Birds
Camera: NikonD200, AF VR-Nikkor 80-400mm ED
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/160 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-02-06 8:44
Viewed: 3696
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Red-bellied Woodpecker Melanerpes carolinus

Where are the girls! "Is it suet I'm looking for or that little girl that was here yesterday?"

Here is the male counterpart to the girl shown yesterday, and I happened to get the whole bird shown for a change. But, it is a horizontal orientation instead of vertical...;-( I like this picture because it shows the signature patch of red on the birds belly which is a rare site in the field. I hope you will like it too...;-)

A common woodpecker over much of the South, the Red-bellied is scarcer farther north but has expanded its breeding range northward in recent decades. Like most woodpeckers, it is beneficial, consuming large numbers of wood-boring beetles as well as grasshoppers, ants, and other insect pests. It also feeds on acorns, beechnuts, and wild fruits. It is one of the woodpeckers that habitually stores food.

description 10" (25 cm). Barred black and white above; pale buff below and on face; sexes similar except that male has red crown and nape, female red nape only. Reddish patch on lower abdomen is seldom visible in the field.
info source: eNature.com

Exposure Time = 1/160"
F Number = F5.6
Exposure Program = Shutter priority
ISO Speed Ratings = 360
Date Time Original = 2007-02-01 13:53:03
Focal Length = 400mm

Thanks for looking!

clnaef, Adanac, JoseMiguel, jeanpaul, SkyF, Silke, marhowie, bobair, scottevers7, livios, tiklod has marked this note useful
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Belle utilisation des flous. Jolie pose.
Bonne journée.

Hello david,

well done on this excellent capture I really like this POv alot

TFS Kyle

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-02-06 8:52]

Hi Dave,
Superb capture in great surroundings. The colors, details and composition are all great, thanks for the great work Dave.

Hi David,
Good the side POV to get this capture of the woodpecker!
I like the most the compostiion builded here, with the snow ball over the branch at the background, nicely blurred, and the rich texture of the trunk's bark.
You managed very good the exposition with the available illumination there.
Congratulations, thanks for share and my best regards,

Hello David,
I don't know why I guess this wink was addressed to me ;) Hey, I like to see the whole bird in this very good POV, composition with nice details. I like this classical pose of the bird and I think that this pine tree is a beautiful element especially with snow on it. Well done!

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-02-06 10:23]

Hola David.- Bella la pose de este hermoso "Pajaro Carpintero". Su fondo luce exelentemente con las hojas del pino y los copos de nieve sobre ellas. Saludos Luis52.

bonjour david
on voit beaucoup de pics en ce moment sur TN mais cela est un plaisir pour les yeux.
les details sont assez presents,belles couleurs.
j'espere tirer un cliché comme cela un jour.

hi david,
lovely capture,
well composed shot,
nice natural colours,
the bird looks a bit oof but still the shot looks lovely,
tfs & regards

Bonjour David
Très belle présentation de ce pic s'affairant sur un tronc d'arbre.
Meilleures salutations et merci...JP

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-02-07 6:53]

Hello David,
another nice shot of the flicker, its such a nice bird, I oly had a chance to capture one so far and had a hard time doing so.
This looks very nice, I do like the suroundings and the composition. POV, sharpness and details are nice.

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-02-07 9:09]

This is a stunning capture! Superb POV, outstanding colours and details! Lovely to see this little one hard at work in the winter.

Hi Dave,
a most excellent picture of this bird,he is a beaut. The POV is right on the money and his colour is very good. Bob

Hi Dave,
Good colors, detail, and an interesting POV.
I might've composed the shot differently with a few less distractions, but you're the artist :) A bit more DOF would improve this one also..
Well done mf.

This is another beauty David. I love the softness of the image and the composition you chose. I do think that the framing in this case feels a little tight. I think maybe an external frame might be more effective unless there was some more image that you may have cropped off.

Evelynn : )

Hi Dave,
Nice full body shot on this little beauty. I really like the touch of snow in the pine. I can say that as I write this from a beach bar where it is 82 degrees and sunny. Man this umbrella rum drinks are good! Nice shot my friend!

What I like about this is how well it shows all the disinctive features of this species - the red head, the pale red belly (strange how this gives it its name!) and the wing feathers. Very good view indeed.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2007-02-16 20:34]

David, great pose indeed.

Maybe, sharpness could be a little bit better.

I like composition and colors a lot.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-08-26 19:59]

Hello Dave

A beautiful shot with a beautiful natural surroundings.The colours are superb.Very good focus and detail.Textbook quality.TFS


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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-10-03 15:10]

Another beauty Dave ! Great composition with a fine bird, good focus, great exposure and very good background. Well done my friend !


Hi David,
Very nice shot. These birds are really beautiful (and hard to approach)! Excellent details and light management!


Excellent shot! and the exposure set off wonderfully against the bg.
Well done...

Hello Dave
This a lovely natural shot..its a great pov you have captured..perhaps he is a little soft on focus on the head but this in no way detracts from a superb picture. the colours are superb.
Superb note and TFS
All the best Paul

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