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Spot the difference ....

Spot the difference ....
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Copyright: Paul van Slooten (pvs) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-02-05
Categories: Birds
Camera: Sony Alfa dSLR A700, Sony 300mm F2.8 G, Digital RAW 400
Exposure: f/4, 1/40 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Superb Birds, Pentaxfriend's favorites [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-02-05 7:03
Viewed: 7814
Favorites: 3 [view]
Points: 82
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Today again a collage of two pictures made this afternoon in the local forest out from my hide,I posted these birds already before,but in these shots which have been made within 10 minutes from eachother,I liked the way that male and female posed on the same spot on the same tree.
both picture are slightly cropped (about 5%),to make them identical,my hide was located within 3 meters from this tree,hope you like it and tfw.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-02-05 7:07]

Hej Neighbour,
What a brilliant and interesting presentation of the male and the female Greater Spotted Woodpecker both in an identical pose. Great sharpness and fine colours. Very clever, it couldn't be improved on!
Many thanks and cheers, Ulla

Hello Paul,
Very educational for instance through the way you present it....
Surprised to some extent; there's almost no difference between male and female...
Very good moment(s)!
Well done..

Hi Paul,

Very well done! I have seen once a couple of hairy woodpeckers to relay one each other while excavating a hole for the nest. I have even taken similar photos, but it was high on a tree and the quality was rather poor. But these are not working yet, and the tree is too narrow for nesting! Thank you,


Hello Paul,

Very nice and interesting collage. I see only one big difference. Very sharp pictures and wonderful colours.
Well done,

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  • viv Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 292 W: 3 N: 653] (3317)
  • [2008-02-05 7:31]

Hi Paul,
The difference, yes I see it but I don´t write it. What a special shot of both Woodpeckers it is in my opinion on the same spot of the tree.
And as Ulla write an interesting presentation.
Great work.

Hello Paul
Interesting presentation of the male and the female Greater Spotted Woodpecker both in an identical pose and with good quality.

An extra-ordinary capture pair Paul, both very sharp and in excellent detail. TFS indeed!
Best regards,


Great job in showing the difference in this birds,
boy, you have to look really close though.
Very well done,


Very nice presentation. The collage is a perfect educational tool. Both photos are very nice and you were very lucky for them to have posed in the same manner. Well Done.

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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2008-02-05 8:04]

Hi Paul,
great parallel presentation, nicelly done, beutiful pics with very good details!

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-02-05 8:40]

Hola Paul.
Very interesting and fine photo You have here. Both are with high quality lavel. Sharp and focus.
Saludos Luis52.

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-02-05 8:43]

Hi Paul,
excellent educational posting here, there's not much to choose from between the two is there?
Both are very well exposed, composed and with fine detail and colour, very well done.

That's way cool - getting both sexes at the same spot in the same light. Extraordinary!
I was out yesterday, spotted Pileated, Downy and Redbellied woodpeckers, but no dice in getting a pic. The more I enjoy the detail and colors of your shot.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-02-05 8:59]

Hi Paul

A wonderful presentation - good detail and colour on each shot. The differences are definitely visible when you put them side by side.


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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-02-05 9:38]

Woah! There's quite a significant difference between the two beaks! I would have thought the only difference between male and female was size and colouring!
That's amazing! They've both posed very almost exactly in the same place on the same tree!
Great clarity and detail.
Nice colours.
Very well done Paul,

bonjour paul
oui c'est effectivement extra que les deux ce soient posés au même endroit.
je vois que la femelle est beaucoup plus detaillée,avez vous changé vos reglages entre temps?

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  • Dan Gold Star Critiquer [C: 113 W: 0 N: 2] (18)
  • [2008-02-05 9:49]

Hi Paul,

Very interesting your comparation and well done, beatiful birds, nice colors.
TFS, Dan.

Hi Paul,
you greatly captured and presented both of female and male of the beautiful Dendrocopus major. I can see all details and diagnostic features. Shots almost same for two sex. Greatly focused and composed. POV/DOF and BG also great. Thanks for sharing. best wishes

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  • jesst Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 368 W: 0 N: 172] (2441)
  • [2008-02-05 11:07]

Hi Paul,
very good photo. Good sharp and detail, wonderful capture!

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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2008-02-05 11:22]

Hi Paul
this is very nice prezantation
very good sharp and detail, very naturel colors
well done

Great job... beutiful pics with very good details..

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-02-05 12:56]

Hallo Paul,
Over het algemeen ben ik niet zo gecharmeerd van meerdere foto's in één foto. Maar hiervoor maak ik absoluut een uitzondering. Wat een prachtige setting van man en vrouw op exact dezelfde plaats op de stam van de boom. Beide in dezelfde houding, dezelfde achtergrond en met perfecte scherpte. Dit is een indrukwekkende en unieke foto.

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2008-02-05 13:36]

Hello Paul,
very nice capture with a superb composition; sharpness, colors, light, everything is excellent !

Hello Paul,
very nice and instructive shot of this couple of Woodpecker,
very good sharpness, perfect focus and lovely natural colours,
cheer for this splendid composition,

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-02-05 13:53]

Hola Paul,
excelente trabajo,
detalles y diferencias, original presentación,

Hello Paul,

All I can say is amazing.. one bird is hard enough to catch and you have two of different sexes perching on the same exact spot. All have been said on this excellent picture and all I can add is just another two points.

Well done and please allow me to add this to my personal theme.


Hi Paul,

I really like this photo first time I have even noticed the difference between a male and female. Good to know.
Hope your well!


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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-02-06 0:40]

Hi Paul

A terrific series of shots and a splendid idea for a collage!
I think the difference between the two sexes can't be presented any better than this!
I really liek teh very similar condition you captured them both in as well as the impeccable sharpness of both of them. The colors are also great and the almost identical pose helps a lot, too.
Great stuff!!!

Bravo and TFS

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  • Ena Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 324 W: 61 N: 594] (2454)
  • [2008-02-06 2:13]

Hi Paul,
Great composition with both sexes of this bird!
Details are great!

Hi Paul

That's a great couple. What are the chances of them posing on the same spot??, amazing. Illustrates the difference between male and female very well. Both are well exposed with good sharpness and plumage detail.

Good work

Amazing collage!
Really the same pose in the same spot!


Hi Paul
Fantastic captures
Amazing presentation
tfs jon

Wow, great work Paul!
They really put on a show for ya, and now we at TN get to enjoy their side by side modeling..
Excellent all the way round with the male/female symbols bottom right corner a nice touch :)
Very well done,

Ha Paul,

Je laat hier perfect de verschillen tussen man en vrouw zien in een uitstekende kwaliteit en bijna dezelfde pose
Prima details, prachtige kleuren en een perfecte achtergrond

TFS Thijs

excellent naturalist shot...i can see differences but would not have been able to associate them with sexing..
they really did you a good turn coming over to the same branch..
good work

What a great comparison, you couldn't ask for better! Technically well executed and the OOF background really lets the birds stand out. WELL DONE!

great shots Paul!!! So well exposed and sharp. very useful shot as well for identification purposes. TFS!

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  • inked Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 132 W: 0 N: 249] (771)
  • [2008-02-23 3:45]

hi Paul,
incredible.. i can't believe you got pretty much identical shots, in same poses, of male and female! unbelievable.. i bet you can't do that again! fantastic work. tfs

Incredible shot Paul! Exactly the same place and position. It's really a document to see the differences between male and female. Very well done. Best regards,

Hi Paul
An interesting post of both the male and female woodpecker in the same location in tree. The female seems a bit more colourful, plus her beak seems to be a slightly different shape. Did I correctly identify the female?
TFS Janice

Hello Paul,
superb double portrait of beautiful birds! It is very interesting presentation with greater conformity of birds positions!

Best regards and good week, Leonid

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