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holding the pose

holding the pose
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Copyright: Tabatha Osborne (fototab) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 301 W: 0 N: 362] (2177)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-12-03
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 20D, Canon 100-400mm IS, Digital
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/400 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-03-02 6:35
Viewed: 3455
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Golden- Fronted Woodpecker
Melanerpes aurifrons

This is another shot from the ranch in South Texas that I visited, this was my first experience with shooting many woodpeckers and I had a great time.


Length: 8.5 inches

Medium-sized woodpecker
Pale gray head, throat, breast, and belly
Yellow nape patch and yellow spot above bill
Back strongly barred with black and white
Black wings barred and spotted with white
White bases to the primaries appear as white crescent in the hand in flight
White rump and uppertail coverts
Dark tail with dark central retricies

Adult male

Small red cap on top of head

Similar species:
Gila Woodpecker is darker brown about the head and belly, lacks the yellow nape and spot above bill, and has black and white barring on the central retricies. Red-bellied Woodpecker overlaps in range and hybrids are known so caution should be exercised when making identifications where they cooccur. Note the Red-bellied's red nape and barred central retricies in all plumages.

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Very nice shot Tabatha!
What a beautiful bird!!This is an impressive shot!! Excellent colours, very nice POV and very beautiful composition!!I find your note very nice ,too!!I love the OOF BG, it brings out the birds colours even better!!
Thank you!

Tabatha, this is one of my favorite birds to photograph. They are so colorful and photogenic. You done a fine job of this one. Here in San Angelo we have many of the Golden-fronted Woodpeckers. Again, congratulations on a great close-up image. Bob Zeller

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-03-02 9:26]

Hi Tab,

A beautiful picture of this woodpecker being a perfect model. I love the pose!!! Wonderful colors in this portrait - the little yellow patch above the beak is so cute. Excellent details of the face, eye, wings and plummage. The background is superb really setting him off.


Hi Tabatha, great portrait of lovely bird in nice pose, wonderful colors, excellent details and good sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-03-02 12:09]

Hi Tabatha. You get some very good results with the 100 400 lens. you have sharp focusing which has given fine detail and natural looking colours in the Woodpecker.good POV/DOF. well done TFS.

Hello Tabatha,
Excellent close up of the bird!
perfect sharpness, good colour and details
best dof in a wonderful bg colour
very wel done

You are one of the lucky ones...a good eye..and in the right place at the right time....and of course having a great camera and lens didn't hurt ya! Fine image...Very clearly done with retaining the colours to give it impact...so much of your work really stands out in this way...Sometimes I forget you are here...you have to jolt me every so often:-)

What lovely colours on the head of this Woodpecker, Tabatha!
A well composed portrait with sharp focus and immaculate details.
The eye in particular is well captured.
TFS and regards.

Hi Tabatha

Good portrait of this fine looking woodpecker. Great sharpness and details on a good background.


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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-03-03 4:47]

Hello Tabatha, great portrait of this beautiful Pecker! DEtails are pin sharp, exposure is really well done and the overall quality is very high, thanks!


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-03-03 5:55]

Hello Tabatha,
Superb close-up of this Woodpecker with striking colours on its head. Excellent sharpness and a fine soft background too.
Well done!
Many thanks, Ulla

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