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Hairy Woodpecker

Hairy Woodpecker
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Copyright: Alan Kolnik (Alan_Kolnik) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 236 W: 38 N: 338] (2581)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-07-22
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D7000, Nikkor 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6 D ED VR
Exposure: f/5.3, 1/160 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-07-22 5:15
Viewed: 2029
Points: 4
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Unless you saw this next to or soon after seeing a Downy Woodpecker you would be unlikely to be able to distinguish between this much larger woodpecker and the smaller Downy. Taken this morning at the suet feeder on a very overcast day, at ISO 3200. It seemed much more suspicious of my movements than the Downy's, which will happily gorge themselves even if they see me.

Hairy Woodpecker

The larger of two look alikes, the Hairy Woodpecker is a small but powerful bird that forages along trunks and main branches of large trees. It wields a much longer bill than the Downy Woodpecker's almost thornlike bill. Hairy Woodpeckers have a somewhat soldierly look, with their erect, straight-backed posture on tree trunks and their cleanly striped heads. Look for them at backyard suet or sunflower feeders, and listen for them whinnying from woodlots, parks, and forests.

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Ciao Alan.
Bella immagine di questo picchio con una eccellente nitidezza e splendidi colori naturali bene la composizione complimenti.
Ti auguro una buona settimana ciao Marco.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6475 W: 89 N: 15608] (65295)
  • [2012-07-22 12:29]

Hi Alan,spectacular capture of this woodpecker,the plumage details is really fantastic,great light management and nice position too.Have a nice week and thanks,Luciano

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