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Gila Woodpecker

Gila Woodpecker
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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: 2008-12-27
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon SX10IS
Exposure: f/5.7, 1/200 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2008-12-30 7:25
Viewed: 2892
Points: 60
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
He makes his daily visit, usually shrieking and hiding in the tree. On this one cold day he was more cooperative and posed for a few moments.

Gila Woodpecker

Both male and female gila woodpeckers have a brown face, black and white zebra striped back, and white wing patches that are visible during flight. Adult males have a red cap of feathers on the top of their head.

Woodpeckers have very strong head and neck muscles so they are able to withstand the shock of pecking into trees and other materials. They have a long pointed beak as well as a long sticky tongue with a bristle-like tip.

Gila Woodpeckers are permanent Sonoran Desert dwellers and are found in all of its habitats.

This woodpecker can be found in southeast California, southwest Nevada, southern Arizona, southwest New Mexico and south into central Mexico.

Gila Woodpeckers eat mainly insects, but they will also eat cactus fruits, mistletoe berries and other seasonal fruits. They have adapted to human populations by learning to hang onto backyard hummingbird feeders and lick up the sugary water. They also have been known to steal dog food from backyard porches.

Predators of the gila woodpecker can include bobcats, coyotes, hawks, housecoats, snakes and fox.

Woodpeckers nest in cavities that they excavate with their long beak. In the Sonoran Desert they often make these cavities in saguaro cactus. The inside of a cactus provides a safe, cool place for the woodpeckers to raise their young. The excavated cavity is called a "boot".

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Hi My dear Sister,
A great capture of this pretty woodpecker with wonderful details, sharpness and lovely pose.
Have a great New Year in all around!


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-12-30 7:45]

Hello Jane,
Excellent capture of a Gila Woodpecker basking in the sun, (a rarity here: we haven't has sun for more than two weeks). Well taken with fine sharpness and lighting and well composed in the oak tree.
Great image that is nice to view, almost therapeutic, and thanks for sharing it.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-12-30 7:59]

Hi Jane,
Lovely capture of this fluffy woodpecker.Details,pose of bird and composition are excellent.
Happy New Year and thanks for posting.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-12-30 8:02]

Hi Jane. Its a cute little bird sat up in the sun . He looks cold not what he is use to out there. Your use of the light has given fine detail and bright colours. It looks well fed on acorns. well done TFS.

A happy new year to you and yours.

hello Jane

excellent shot of the Gila Woodpecker with fine POV,
beautiful luminosity, excellent sharpness and details,
and the catch-light render the image more beautiful, TFS


Dang hard to imagine...I am buried...and I mean buried..I hear sirens all day and night..roofs collapsing..I don't sleep...what I would give for a chance to shoot this with camera down there..no wonder there are such things as snowbirds..

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-12-30 9:06]

Hello Jane,
This is a really cute little Woodpecker enöjoying the sun up in the tree. A lovely capture in lovely sunshine and with sharp focus on the eye. Beautiful colours too and well composed.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • Rosa Gold Star Critiquer [C: 56 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-12-30 9:19]

Hello Jane,
what a stunning perspective of a woodpecker.
great detail and colour.
Thank You
Have a wonderful New Year
All the Best

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-12-30 10:01]

Hello Jane,

Nice captured this woodpecker. Sharp and clearly seen image.
POV and composition are great. Have a great New Year 2009 . Best regards Siggi

hello Jane

great picture
nice bird so still sleepy
greeting lou

Ciao Jane, lovely bird in a fascinating vegetation, wonderful colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very weell done

Hi Jane,
Lovely shot of this Gila Woodpecker.Excellent POV and composition,
TFS. Happy New Year!!!

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-12-30 17:08]

Hello Jane

A lovely pose with nice detail and colour.

Greetings from the Atacama Desert, Chile


Hello Jane
another nice shot for Gila Woodpecker. Today it is resting:) Nicely composed among fruited branches. Thanks for sharing and link for Gila Monster.
I wish you a Happy New Year.

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2008-12-30 18:44]

Hello Jane,
Great shot! He looks cold, I could not get a Panda shot for
you but I got u something else! ;)

Everton De Melo

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2008-12-30 18:58]
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Beautiful little bird Jane,
I think I've finally figured out how you get so many great bird shots.....It's that tree of yours!!!...it seems to attract every bird in your area to it!! Maybe you could send me one of those nuts so I can get one started up here in Ohio?
Another wonderful image with excellent sharpness, detail and color!!! Oh, and by the way...could you also send a lot of that gorgeous blue sky?

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-12-30 20:43]

Hello My Dear Jane,
He sure looks cold all fluffed up. Great capture with beautiful colors and sharp details. Thanks Jane.
PS do you know you can pet a porcupine, you can as along as you go from the head to the tail end. Go the wrong way you will not like the results.

Hello Jane

I hope things are returning to normal.The cold has returned here so maybe your warm has returned there.
A lovely capture of this woodpecker,we do not get that one here.
Lovely colour and detail.
Again, I think the acorns make a wonderful setting.
Great job.


Hello Jane,
An interesting capture of this impressive looking Woodpecker.
The little black acorns are also quite intriquing.
I hope you have a good New Years celebration and a good start to 2009

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-12-31 5:00]

Hello Jane,
Fantastic photo of this Gila Woodpecker. Great sharpness and beautiful colours. Excellent POV and composition.
A very good and healthy 2009,

Hi Jane,

nice picture of this Woodpecker, you are lucky that this bird every day make a visit to your tree.
Have a very good 2009 for you and your family.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-12-31 8:17]

Hi Jane,thanks a lot for this fantastic pic,i whish you all the best for a new year and thanks for your great 2008's gallery,Luciano

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-12-31 8:18]

Hi Jane

I love how fluffed up this beauty is. It seems quite content and comfortable. Lovely details and a beautiful setting

All the best for 2009



Hi Jane,
this guy is so cute and fluffy, I love this sunny moment, thanks.
All the best for 2009, greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2009-01-01 3:39]

My dear Jane,
I have missed you too ...:)Thank you so much for your wishes....
Yet another signature shot from you here...And how lucky you are to have this beauty visit you everyday. Superb capture fine in details and colours and bearing your signature sky in BG.It looks fluffy and beefed up to handle the weather.The lighting is glorious and gives a fresh morning look to the frame.
Look forward to more of your presentation in 2009.
Wish You & Family A Healthy and Peaceful 2009

Hello Jane,
It's delight to see a woodpecker sitting quietly inside an oak tree hide. Excellent POV & facial details of the bird. TFS.

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2009-01-01 6:02]

Hello Jane, wonderful shot of this beauty.
Happy New Year of 2009.

Hi Jane,
A lovely capture of this beautiful woodpecker. Superb sharp details and a lovely composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2009-01-07 14:01]

Hello Jane! Good to be back, have a great new year my friend! That's a very nice bird and a fantastic shot, well done! Thanks!


Nice sunny look with great details, POV, DOF, and color Jane.
I have a couple of woodpecker species here..
Need to get out with the monopod and track one down..They rarely come to my feeder.
Well done!

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