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Downy Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker
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Copyright: Mario Olteanu (Mariol) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 15 N: 1654] (8221)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-09-01
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon 100-400L 4.5-5.6 IS USM, Hoya 77mm HMC Super U.V.
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/4000 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Pentaxfriend's favorites 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-09-09 13:36
Viewed: 3636
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 14
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For my daughter Andreea

Done at Royal Botanical Garden - Hamilton

Downy Woodpecker
Picoides pubescens Order PICIFORMES - Family PICIDAE
The smallest and most common American woodpecker, the Downy Woodpecker is found throughout most of North America from Alaska to Florida. It lives in a variety of habitats from wilderness forests to urban backyards, and comes readily to bird feeders.

Small woodpecker.
Black and white plumage.
Plain white back.
Small, pointed bill.

Size: 14-17 cm (6-7 in)
Wingspan: 25-30 cm (10-12 in)
Weight: 21-28 g (0.74-0.99 ounces)

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  • Marx44 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 172 W: 97 N: 926] (3891)
  • [2008-09-09 14:24]

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Hi Mario,
this is a surprise as I knew nuthatches and chickadee will eat from a person's hand but I never knew that a woodpecker would do so as well,Well the details are outstanding in this shot as are the colours and fine feather details.Now I wish one would land on my hand as I very much like these birds and would like that kind of close-up view too.I was photoing some Downy,s earlier today but they never come very near to me.An excellent photo with a good reference for scale well worth uploading and thank you Mario,I glad you did. Bob

Hi Mario,

never seen a woodpecker eating from a hand
Superb sharpness, POV,and BG
Great catchlight

TFS Thijs

Hi Mario.
Beautiful shot. The hand also gives perspective to the size of the woodpecker as well as a bird feeder, wonderful.
Perfect exposure, sharpness, colour and detail, special moment caught.


What a beautiful shot, great in the technical ways. Id just love to have this little beauty on my hand like this, I'm very envious lol. Its a really beautiful shot.


It is very interesting to see the downy woodpecker being so tame! All the ones around here are so timid! I do know that they are tamer than the hairy woodpecker, but I never thought they would be this tame! Great capture, the details on the bird are very clear,


The Royal Botanical Garden - Hamilton This my favorite place to just hang around to watch birds interact with people, it's really amazing.
Not only will Nuthatches and chickadee eat from a person's hand but, I had a Blue jay snatch a peanut from my hand and a Downy woodpecker as well. The birds here have developed a neat bond with the people who , even in the coldest days of winter, will come down to feed them. Luckily I live close by. Thanks!

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