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He'll Peck at Anything

He'll Peck at Anything
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Copyright: Jane Magen (jaycee) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-06-17
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/4, 1/400 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): workshops photos with minimum 3 points [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-06-18 10:24
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Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hybrid Northern Flicker

This is the only Flicker I have seen here that was not red-shafted.

The red-shafted and yellow-shafted forms of the Northern Flicker formerly were considered different species. The two forms hybridize extensively in a wide zone from Alaska to the panhandle of Texas. A hybrid often has some traits from each of the two forms and some traits that are intermediate between them. The Red-shafted Flicker also hybridizes with the Gilded Flicker, but less frequently, and the Gilded Flicker is considered a separate species.

A common ant-eating woodpecker of open areas, the Northern Flicker has two color forms found in different regions. The yellow-shafted form is common across the eastern and northern parts of North America, while the red-shafted form is the one found in the West.

Medium to large woodpecker.
Grayish brown.
Barred on top, spotted below.
Black crescent on chest.
Rump white, conspicuous in flight.
Yellow or red patches in wings obvious in flight.

Size: 28-31 cm (11-12 in)
Wingspan: 42-51 cm (17-20 in)
Weight: 110-160 g (3.88-5.65 ounces)

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Hi Jane,
This is a daring little bird. Good composition and timing. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-06-18 10:35]

Hi Jane,
Another one of your exquisite birds. Very neat and sharp with nice colours and natural lighting. The image is a bit noisy, but that can be rectified through Neatimage SW. I like your POV to portray it and its busy action. Very nicely composed. Kudos.

Beautiful detailing in the feathers - great moment captured in time. :)

Hi Jane,
Fabulous shot of this lovely woodpecker. The compo is excellent. I felt the image was a tad dull so I did a small WS. Hope you don't mind.

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  • ridvan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
  • [2007-06-18 12:04]

selam jane; excellent shot of this bird,good details presented ,nice BG and POV well captured with naturel colours TFS

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2007-06-18 12:22]

Hello Jane, very nice picture of a bird that I have never seem a Northen Flicker, very similar to the Gilded Flicker. Great POV and composition..well done...

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2007-06-18 12:59]

Hi Jane,
The large aperture gave you a nice DOF. This is a beautiful bird and you captured an angle that shows it's features well (although it would be nice to see in a more rustic setting).
It seems that most of your photos are taken in bright sunny conditions. Have you considered trying a smaller aperture of f8.0? I think you would still have a fast enough shutter speed to get your usual quality of sharpness. I don't know what ISO you use, but I would definitely try ISO 100 in such bright conditions. I don't know for sure, but this may help to get you better contrast and richer colors and help with the "sun bleaching" that sometimes shows in photos taken in bright sun.

Hello Jane,
Great shot nice colors and sharpness,
well composed, nice blurry BG,
TFS best regards/Lawhill

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-06-18 14:41]

Hi Jane
Nice capture of that nice bird.Different composition with nice BG
TFS Michel

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-06-18 15:06]

Hi Jane .Good shot of the Flicker . again a bird i have not seen. thats the best bit about TN so many new things to see. good shot in the bricht light out there. good markings which you have captured well. it look a hot day when you took this. very well done TFS. good notes to.


Obviously, this Woodpecker is not much discreet about what he pecks at, Jane :-).
A very attractive capture from an effective perspective that shows the features of this bird quite clearly.
Well done and TFS.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-06-18 19:52]

Hola Jane.- I also have seen this spices of woodpecker arround here, and you are right they peck everywere, even in hard metals. Like your photo, nice pose too. Luis52.

Hi Jane,
This another exotic bird that you had a good shot at. Beautiful plumage and nice pose. Lovely pov and composition. TFS,

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-06-19 6:50]

Hi Jane,
Great close up nice sharpness and wonbderful detail.
Interesting seeing all the differnt birds, this one is a stranger to me, like you I only seeen red shafted ones around this area.

  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-06-19 10:25]

Hello Jane

Super shot of this fellow.

Excellent close up shot,the details show very well.The tones and colours of the shot fit well.TFS


hi jane,
lovely woodpecker shot, well composed nice pov,
liked the pose and the etile is suitable, the only nit is the visible noise,
tfs & regards

Hi Jane,
A nice shot on this Hybrid Northern Flicker. I don't believe that I have ever observed a Hybrid before, so this is a first for me. I have only seen the Red ones. This looks good with the colors and detail. Great notes! Always nice to learn something new!

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-06-20 9:44]

Hello Jane,
Fine capture of this flicker being a normal opportunist flicker, getting his food from any and everywhere. I have them hammering on my light standard in front of my home. Thanks for sharing Jane.

Magnifiques détails, un peu trop clair sur mon écran.

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