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Downy Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker
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Copyright: Joseph Simard (jossim) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-06-21
Categories: Birds
Camera: nikon D 200, Nikkor AF 70-300 1:4-5.6 G
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/800 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-06-27 6:46
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Points: 66
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
Cet oiseau : * niche dans un trou pratiqué dans un arbre par les adultes * a une longue langue munie de poils et une salive visqueuse et gluante qui l’aident à attraper les insectes * vit toute l’année presque partout en Amérique du Nord * est le pic le plus commun dans l’Est de l’Amérique du Nord

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Bonjour Joseph !
Quel magnifiaue portrait de cet oiseau ! Tout est excellent : les détails, les couleurs, la composition, le BG flou, l'expression de l'oiseau... J'adore ! C'est un trés bel oiseau dont je ne me lasse jamais de voir des photos. Félicitations !

Bonjour Joseph,

Beautiful capture, nicely composed.
Sap sucker? I think


Hi Josephm
Superb close up; Razor sharp. Excellent light and colours.
Congrats and TFS

Hi Joseph
Everything you need for a perfect picture is here: compo with great BG, sharpness coloures, catchlight in the eye

Bonjour Joseph,
Magnificent capture of this woodpecker!
I like so much the way you caught it leaving its head out of its hole at the trunk.
Excellent lighting and details got all over.
Felicitacions et merci du partager.
Mes amities,

This is really cool portrait of this beautiful bird, Joseph!

bonjour joseph
excellent ce gros plan de pic,est ce un jeune?

Hallo Joseph

I just love your posting. It is beautiful. A very special moment you have captured here. This is very special and dear to me. The cuteness factor is very high, and is most adorable. I have looked at your portfolio and you can be very, very proud of your handwork. You surely are very talented.
Thanks for sharing.

I am also very exciting today, as one of the photos on the gallery have been dedicated to my granddaughter Maryke. If you wanted to return a visit to my portfolio, please do yourself a favour and have a view of the following. : Maryke's Little Clown I personally think it is stunning, and I think it deserve a big smiley, maybe you can carry over the smiley you might wanted to give me to this Clown Trigger Fish.

Kind regards from a rainy and wet South Africa.

Hello Joseph
What a great moment to shoot,
Perfect focusing ,composition and BG,
Fantastic colors and DOF,Superb shot.


Hello Joseph
Beautiful image of this youngster you are showing us here.
Looks like he's calling for his mom and/or dad.
Wonderful color contrast and details in the soft feathers.
Excellent sharpness, DOF and composition.
Thanks for sharing.
Kind regards, Harry

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-06-27 9:51]

Hello Joseph,
Very fine close portrait of a Downey Woodpecker showing its head from its nesting hole. High technical quality and well composed against a fine BG.
Well done and TFS!

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-06-27 10:05]

Hi Joseph.
What a cute scene you have pictures. Amazing combination of bright colourful trunk and bird hear and wonderful smooth dark greenish BG. Perfect details and sharpness of the image, great light and cropping. Best regards and TFS.

Hi Joseph,

Excellent shot
sharpness, details, POV, colours and BG are PERFECT

TFS Thijs

très joli moment, bon timing, amusante composition
très belle photo :))

Salut Joseph,
What a beautiful moment captured. Such sharp details and such a great expression. You must have been stalking this nest for some time to get this result.

Hi Joseph,
This is fantastic, looks like you and I were thinking of piciformes this month. They are really interesting birds. I bet that you also got the parents as they freqeuntly visit the nest to feed their young. Super job! :)

How high would you say the nest was? I had to climb a tree about 15-20 feet in a neighboring tree to get the last shot I posted of a woodpecker.

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2007-06-27 17:29]

Hello Joseph, congratulations fine picture. Great POV and composition, the woody has fantastic head colors and it is very sharp, very nice BG..well done

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2007-06-27 21:35]

What a great scene with the head sticking out of hole. I used to see this often as a child, so this was a pleasant memory. Outstanding colors and perfect sharpness.

Quelle grande scène avec la tête collant hors du trou. J'avais l'habitude de voir ceci souvent en tant qu'enfant, ainsi c'était une mémoire plaisante. Couleurs exceptionnelles et acuité parfaite.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-06-28 0:14]

Hola Jose. Hermosa y fina foto. Exelente nitidez y muy buena iluminacion. Felicidades Luis52.

Hi Joseph,
Very good and original picture!
Details are amazing. TFS
Regards, Mario.

Hi Joseph,
Excellent capture. Composition is excellent as are the details and colors.
Very nice posture
Great work and TFS - Shir

This is classic Joseph.
I think it is the best shot I have seen in this type of bird.I wish to be so lucky one day and find even something similar.
All the colour, focus and details are perfect.

Magnfique, comment résister une si belle prise et une si belle composition.

Hi Joseph,
So nice chicken of woodpecker!

Wonderful shot. Very nice colours, good details.
Best wishes,

bonjour Joseph

quelle belle photo que tu viens de nous présenter !

WOW superbe

tout tout tout, la composition des couleurs
l'arrière-plan, le cadrage, le plan rapproché
la photo prise au bon moment de l'expression de l'oiseau

pour moi cette photo-ci c'est l'une des plus belles de treknature



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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-07-06 13:56]

Aha! YOu have the male for my female!
Superb capture, perfect composition, stunning details

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2007-07-08 16:00]

Joseph, a beautiful and cute image.

Great colors, sharpness, pov and composition.

I like bg too.


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  • hibou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 217 W: 1 N: 331] (1629)
  • [2007-07-13 17:52]

Bonjour Joseph,
Magnifique ... est-ce cette photo que nous verrons comme premier prix du Québec oiseaux cette année ??? Je suis certain que vous nous en garder le secret... BRAVO !

Hello Joseph,

An excellent capture!! Amazing moment, fantastic light and sharpness - truly a beauty.


That is a wonderful photograph. It brings a smile to my face!!!

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  • reina Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 257 W: 1 N: 330] (2032)
  • [2007-10-19 13:57]

Hi Jossim, a winner, very nice post, excellent subject, great details and nice background, something we hope to show up in the woods. TFs Reina

What an awesome capture! This is one of the best and most interesting Downy shots I've seen in a while. Great work !

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