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Female Downy Woodpecker

Female Downy Woodpecker
Photo Information
Copyright: Chris T Pehlivan (CTP) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 644 W: 6 N: 946] (2726)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-02-05
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 350D / Digital Rebel XT, Canon 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Woodpeckers, BIRDS OF AMERICA [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-02-08 2:43
Viewed: 4061
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Downy Woodpecker, Picoides pubescens, is the smallest woodpecker in North America. Adults are mainly black on the upper parts and wings, with a white back, throat and belly and white spotting on the wings. There is a white bar above and below the eye. They have a black tail with white outer feathers barred with black. Adult males have a red patch on the back of the head.

It is virtually identical in plumage pattern to the much larger Hairy Woodpecker. These species are not closely related at all, and they will certainly soon be separated in different genera (Weibel & Moore, 2005; Moore et al., 2006); the outward similarity is a spectacular example of convergent evolution. Why this is so cannot be explained with confidence; it certainly is interesting to note that the species exploit rather differently-sized foodstuffs and generally do not compete very much ecologically.

Their breeding habitat is forested areas, mainly deciduous, across most of North America to Central America. They nest in a tree cavity, excavated by the nesting pair in a dead tree or limb. The Downy Woodpecker can also be found east of Newfoundland and Labrador, on the islands of Saint-Pierre and Miquelon.

These birds are mostly permanent residents. Northern birds may migrate further south; birds in mountainous areas may move to lower elevations. Downy Woodpeckers roost in tree cavities in the winter.

Downy Woodpeckers forage on trees, picking the bark surface in summer and digging deeper in winter. They mainly eat insects, also seeds and berries.
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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-02-08 3:29]

Hello Chris,
Nice to see a new post from you again:)POV,colors,details,pose of bird and composition are wonderful.Have a great day!

bonjour chris
l'acuité sur la tête est un peu juste mais les details sont assez bons sur le reste du corps.
c'est une photo que je vous envie.bravo et merci.

Delightful image of this black and white woodpecker, Chris.
Fine POV, DOF, sharpness and colors.
Best regards,

Hej Chris!
Zdjecie jak z bajki. Kolory wyraziste, ostrosc znakomita, widac kazde piorko i znakomity kadr.
Gratulacje i serdecznosci - Roma

Selam Tolga
Yine sadece harika diyeceğim dostum ,başka söz bırakmıyor karelerin....tfs
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Hello Chris,

well done on this bird excllent colors bg POV DOf excllent composed and capture photo great colors bg POv DOf nice work

TFS Kyle

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2007-02-09 9:42]

selam dostum
bu guzel agackakani harika bir kompozisyon ve aciklayici not ile bizlerle paylasmissin. bakis acisi, arka plan, renkler ve detaylar basarili olmus
eline saglik

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2007-02-09 13:32]

Hello Cris ,, Fantastic shot really great capture good colours details compositie sharpnes , very good ,Good Weekend ,Teunie .

Hello Chris,
You captured her busy woodpecking, I can read from the beak!
Well framed action, the bird comes with fine details in the plumage...
Good light, and I like the tight framing!
Pablo -

:-) OK-

Hi firend,
Excellent composed and exposed shot! Details and sharpness of this beautiful bird!
Take care Ana:)

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-06-14 4:14]

Hola Chris,
hermoso retrato y perfecta nitidez y compo,
bella captura, buena nota,
saludos amiga.

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