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Chestnut-colored Woodpecker *100th Post*

Chestnut-colored Woodpecker *100th Post*
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Copyright: Richard Vincent (earthtraveler) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 427 W: 123 N: 947] (3483)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-02-21
Categories: Birds
Camera: Panasonic DMC-FZ50
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-03-06 13:49
Viewed: 6439
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 60
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I just returned from two weeks in Costa Rica and present you this Chestnut-colored Woodpecker, Celeus castaneus, as my 100th post and first image from my travels. My time was taken up with some mission work but I also found time to explore the beautiful forests and beaches for some photography. Thank you all for your critiques and kind words you have sent my way in the past and sharing your knowledge as well as wonderful photos.

The Chestnut-coloured Woodpecker (Celeus castaneus) is a specie of bird in the Picidae family. It is found in Belize, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, and Panama.

Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests and less frequently middle elevations.

Appears very dark, with many V-shaped black marks on rich chestnut above and below; crested head creamy brown; bill greenish ivory. Male broad moustache mark, part of ear patch and (sometimes) lores red.

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ISO 200
Exp. 1/250th Sec.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2008-03-06 14:13]
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Hi Ricard,
Congrats on your 100th post.
I never seen one of those before and you present it here so beautifully.
Your exposure looks great and e colors and detail are really nice. The overall composition. and framing are perfect.

Congratulations on your 100th post. A very nice 100th it is too. The colors in this photo are fantastic. Super sharp and nice BG. Well done.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-03-06 14:41]
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Hi Richard

Amazing looking woodpecker - great detail and colour.

Congratulations on your 100th.


Welcome back Richard...and a fine welcome it is..I am so happy you were able to spread the good word around a bit..it must make you feel good inside...and it does me as well and see your rewards!:-0)Very nicely done!

Hi Richard,

Very nice portrait of an exotic woodpecker, congratulations with 100th! Thank you,


hello richard,
congratulations on posting your 100th picture, this is is fine for the ocassion, good lighting, lovely colours and good details of the plumage, suitable pov too,
well done,
tfs & regards

Hi Ricard
Congratulations om your 100th post and a wonderful capture of this Woodpecker.
Beautiful presentation
lovely natural color and light
Nice detail in the plumage
great catchlite in eye
tfs jon

Hello Richard,
Delighted to see your beautiful posting once again and my heartiest congratulation on your 100th post and will see many more coming from your excellent work!
a fine image for the 100th in perfect sharpness, awesome colouration and details
very well done
best regards

Hi Richard
What a lovely coloured bird, well named Chestnut-coloured Woodpecker. Definitely a chestnut colour, sharply presented and I like how the haid feathers are lit up like this

Thanks for sharing the common inhabitant of dense forests. Despite the POV and tailless composition, The detils and expression of the birds is quite beautiful.


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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-03-07 0:32]
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Hi Richard,
I have waited for long to see your 100th and you have not dissapointed me at all. CONGRATULATIONS on reaching this huge milestone (the first 100 is difficult but the rest follows naturally) and wish to see many many more from you.
This is an outstanding shot of this beautiful bird with awesome colours and details on its plumage. Fantastic lighting and you have captured a fine pose. Great DOF isolates it perfectly from the BG and I like your chosen POV to portray it. Can't wait any longer to see your other shots from your travel. Very nicely composed. Kudos.

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2008-03-07 1:01]
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Hello Richard,
Congratulations on your 100th post.
Great capture.POV,lighting,BG,pose of bird and details are excellent.TFS

Hi Richard.
First of all I wish to congratulate you on 100th post and amazing gallery which was shared by you during your participation in TN life. Second I am very impressed with first your travel trophy. Pictured bird, reflected scene and quality of the shot are great. Crisp sharpness of the main subject and nice blurriness are combined perfectly. Bravo for all your contribution.

Hi Richard
Beautiful shot as your 100th post. Great saturated colors, interesting POV and good sharpness. I also like the funny look on his "face" I have never seen these species even in the book.
One more time congratulations

Hi ricard very nice shot
I like this beatifull bird the fantstic colours the face
very well foused also
tfs Toba

Hi Richard,
Good composition, nice colors and great details
Congratulations on your 100th posting
Best regards

Hi Richard.
First.- Congrats for Your 100. And hope to se many many more here.
Second.- This is a very fine image to celebrate. I had never seen this before. Well framed abd excellent pose.
TFS My friend.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-03-07 8:02]
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Richard, Amazing shot and such a beautiful color. Crisp clear and great focus. TFS Ganesh

Hi Richard,
congrats on your 100th post.
this is a very nice picture to celebrate with, the bird is wonderful.
Well exposed in the backlite, it's not easy but you did well.
Lovely colours, fine lighting and good details.
Well done.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-03-07 11:06]
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Hello Richard,
The first post of your trip through Costa Rica is a beauty! I'm looking out for the rest. Despite the harsh light the colours are beautiful. Good sharpness and composition.
Congratulations on your 100th posting.

Hello Richard
Many congratulations and thanks for sharing 100 pictures with us all at the site.
This one is just superb and a woodpecker I have never even heard of let alone seen in any picture.
The light and shadows werent playing totally in your favour but you have pulled off a well exposed scene with superbly sharp details which are highlighted so well by a gorgeous background.
Thanks for sharing this one and I look forward to more of your trip.
All the Best

Hello Richard congrats on the 100th post with this beauty, Nice details, colours and good focus. well taken tfs rgds Necip.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-03-07 19:56]
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Hello Richard,
First thank you and CONGRATULATIONS on 100 excellent posting. This one is truly amazing both for the beautifull subject and the outstanding details and colors you have captured in this impressive image, thanks again Richard.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-03-08 3:47]
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Hello Richard,
Congratulations on your 100th post and thanks for all the excellent images you've shown so far. I now look forward to your captures from Costa Rica.
This is a lovely capture of this chubby little Woodpecker in beautiful colours. Great sharpness and an excellent composition with a fine soft background.
Many thanks and best wishes, Ulla

Hi Richard,
Congratulations on your 100th posting. It's a very beautiful bird. Nice capture from the jungle. TFS
Have a nice weekend,

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-03-08 6:25]
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Hello Richard! Congratulations on your 100th post! That's a fantastic shot to celebrate that! Beautiful subject with great sharpness, exposure and light. The background is just incredible, well done my friend, a beauty! Thanks,


Hello Richard

Congratulations to your 100th post, amazing woodpecker,
excellent POV and framing, superb hot tone colours of the woodpecker,
lovely light on the image, with excellent sharpness and details, TFS


Bonjour Richard
Félicitations pour ta 100ème publications!
Superbe prise, excellente netteté, couleurs et attitude du sujet, bravo.
Amicalement Robi

Hi Richard,
Simply beautiful with the bright colors and details against the OOF BG. The woodpecker looks a bit sleepy though...u should have used the flash...just kidding:)


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-03-12 7:48]
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Hello Richard,
Congratulations on your 100th Post. you mark the occasion with an excellent capture of a Chestnut-colored Woodpecker with fine sharpness and colors and well composed against an OOF natural BG. Hope to see many more from you including more from your recent trip to Costa Rica,
Thanks for sharing this beauty,

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