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Downy Woodpecker (female)

Downy Woodpecker (female)
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Copyright: Ruby Sarkar (rubyfantacy) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 84 W: 1 N: 417] (2627)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-06-25
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon PowerShot SX 40 HS
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Ruby's woodpeckers: a collection, birds i met in USA [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2012-06-26 19:31
Viewed: 2008
Points: 10
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this is the best gift i got from my mother Nature on my recovery from a week-long viral fever and basically, after staying away from her for soo many days.. :)

confined in my spacious apartment, living comfortably in my air-conditioned rooms, spending time on my cozy bed.. nothing could, still, stop something restless and morbid inside me... and hence, the moment i felt a little better, i couldn't care whether there was a harsh, tough, hard Sun outside on a rude summer day.. or that i was still under medication.

felt a temptation and confidence inside me. and i went out.
as simple as that :)

and thank God, i went out. not only i got that green lizard, but i got this bird too!

yes, i am a die-hard admirer of all moods of mother Nature, but birds always had been my soft corner. and if we are talking about 'birds', am slightly inclined towards (mad about):

well this list is going to elongate with time. no doubt :)

so, as i said. Woodpeckers :)

and in my almost two months of staying IN this (new to me and) beautiful country... in those (approximately) 55 days of staying AWAY from my beloved homeland full of birds... this had been the FIRST time i met a Woodpecker!

can't say how happy i was. yesterday was truly a big day for me. once i saw this tiny creature, i tried every bit of my patience to follow her (seems a female) throughout her hoping from one tree to another and sincerely vanishing behind the leaves. for more than one hour i had been her invisible companion. she, in shades and i, under hard Sun :)
absolutely dehydrated and scorched.. but my cam was not getting any benefit out of it. i could see the bird through the openings amongst the leaves and branches... but couldn't take a satisfactory shot. sooo restless, my goodness!

at last, managed two. this one was a bit better. so felt like sharing.

no idea which Woodpecker was this. i had enjoyed her every movement with much pleasure. that made my day. photograph? some other time :)

well, is she a female Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)? or a female Hairy Woodpecker (Picoides villosus)?

no idea. pls help!

thanks to Peter (PeterZ) and Ron (tuslaw) for helping me with the ID. am also a bit sure of it now. it seems to be a Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) and yes, a female.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-06-27 0:49]

Hello Ruby,
Difficult to see the difference between the female Hairy and Downy Woodpecker. The Downy is a miniature Hairy Woodpecker with a shorter slender bill and another call.
This is a young example. It looks a bit more like a Downy, but I'm not sure.
Beautiful photo in good sharpness and very nice natural colours.

Hi dear Ruby
Sorry I can't help You with the ID.Wonderful capture of this mimetic woodpecker.Nice pose,wonderful natural colours and great details.Congrats!
Thank You
Have a nice day!
Kind regards

ps: recently I post a pic of the Wryneck a bird of the woodpecker family with the same type of fantastic camouflage

The Diary of an Indian Recluse in America?
Your note reads like an entry from it, Ruby. Cheer up, young lady!
The sunny side to it is that you are up and out of your affliction/apartment and out there in the heat and sunshine, looking for nature's company. I like that!
After your relentless chase, you finally nailed this cute little female of a Woodpecker in a lovely pose. That's a great shot with your compact Canon.
Also thanks for your comment on my recent picture taken in HP.

Hi Ruby,

A great capture of this Woodpecker specie with fine colors, details & pose. Your persistence & affinity for the natural world are well documented in your words & efforts. Hope you feel much better soon & keep up your good work.
TFS & best wishes!


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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2012-06-27 14:18]

Hello Ruby,
Sorry to hear that you have not been feeling too well as of lately. I am sure with a little more rest, you will be back to your normal self very soon.
As I'm sure you have already found out it is very difficult to tell the Downy apart from it's look-a-like friend the Hairy. I have many Downy Woodpeckers living near my home and know by their size what they are, but seeing one in the woods alone can be a different story. The Hairy has a little larger bill and is a tad bit larger overall in size then the Downy.
I do believe this is a Downy, because of the black spots that are easily visible on the white outer tail feathers. Check out this link for more details.

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