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Eeeee, hello? I'm 2009

Eeeee, hello? I'm 2009
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Copyright: Grzegorz Wieczorek (red45) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-12-30
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 400D, Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 APO DG Macro
Exposure: f/8, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): 40 - 49 Points (Chapter 12) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-01-01 2:55
Viewed: 3255
Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
All the best in 2009 my friends!

Meeting with this bird was surprise for me. I didn't realise that in municipal park we've got three different species of woodpeckers.

The Middle Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos medius) is a European woodpecker belonging to the genus Dendrocopos.

The Middle Spotted Woodpecker is 20-22 cm long and has plumage similar to the Great Spotted Woodpecker. As with that species the upperparts are predominantly black with white oval wing patches and white barring on the wings, and the underparts are white. The main differences are a red crown, lack of a black moustachial stripe, a pink vent, and dark streaks on the flanks.

Although only slightly smaller than the Great Spotted Woodpecker, it appears smaller due to its short, slender bill and more rounded, pale head. It can also be confused with the Syrian Woodpecker (particularly juveniles), being distinguished from this by the smaller bill, and the red crown not having narrow black sides.

The Middle Spotted Woodpecker occurs only in Europe and southwest Asia, from northern Spain and France east to Poland and Ukraine, and south to central Italy (where local), the Balkan Peninsula, Lithuania, Turkey and the Caucasus. Due to its sedentary nature it has never been recorded in Great Britain. It prefers deciduous forest regions, especially areas with old oak, hornbeam and elm, and a patchwork of clearings, pasture and dense woodland.

Behaviourally it likes to feed high in the trees, moving constantly and making a good view difficult. In the breeding season it excavates a nest hole about 5cm wide in a decaying tree trunk or thick branch. It lays four to seven eggs and incubates for 11-14 days.

The Middle Spotted Woodpecker lives predominantly on a diet of insects as well as their larvae, which it finds by picking them from branches and twigs rather than hacking them from beneath the bark. It will also feed on tree sap. It is rarely heard drumming, and never for territorial purposes, which it asserts by song; a slow,nasal gvayk gvayk gvayk gvayk gvayk. Calls include a fast kik kekekekek.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-01-01 3:38]

A Happy New Year to you, Greg!
This is a wonderful capture of a Middle-spotted Woodpecker, a species that became extinct in Sweden 25 years ago and it is great that you have it in the Lodz municipal park.
Excellent sharp shot taken from a fine POV against a pleasing neutral BG.
Thanks for sharing this beauty, not often seen on TN!
Best wishes,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-01-01 3:49]

Hallo Grzegorz,
Wszystkiego najlepszego w Nowym Roku.Z ladna kompozycja z tym dzieciolem rozpoczynasz ten rok.Bardzo interesujaca kompozycja .Bardzo dobra ostrosc i doskonale tlo.Serdecznie pozdrawiam Siggi

Hi Grzegorz,
very beautiful and well composed portrait of this woodpecker.
Sharpness and Colors are very good. Nice POV.

Happy new Year

Hello Greg,
First of all a Happy 2009!
An image with a funny element and that's always a bit fun;-)
Good sharpness and a perfect woodpecker.
Nicely done...

Witaj Grzegorzu,
Siczny ten Noworoczny Dzieciolek jakis troche niesmialy jeszcze. Wszelkiej pomyslnosci w Nowym Roku, Pawel

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2009-01-01 5:55]

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

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-01-01 7:27]

Hello Greg,
Great portrait of this Woodpecker in a very nice pose with funny eye-contact. Very good sharpness, details and natural colours. Beautiful OOF BG.
Happy and Healthy New Year,

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2009-01-01 8:00]

Hello Grzegorz,

I wish you a Happy New Year and I thank youfor the nice photo you have posted. You have teken the image from a very inspired POV making a good conection with the titel of the image. The bird is sharply shown so that good details can be observed. The nice and blurry background brings even more value to the imange.

Thank you for sharing,

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2009-01-01 8:03]

Hi Greg,
Fine image of curiously looking woodpecker, very unusual closeup. It looks as if its trying to peep in to the coming new year. Lot of expectations and wish you realize your dreams. tfs.

what a beautiful capture!
great details , colours and sharp!
perfect background,
Happy New Year 2009!

Hello Grzegorz,

Fantastic capture.
Beautiful colours with excellent definition.
Light,sharpness and focus are splendid.
Good notes.
Happy New Year.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-01-01 12:21]
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Hi Greg. Well here we go for another year. Good to see this bird in your park. You seem to have so many things to take pictures of . is it a large area. The one looks like its peeping out at you. fine detail and natural colours. well done TFs. Interesting notes too.

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2009-01-01 12:40]

Hello Greg !
What a cute new friend you have here - I love his pose and his expression, he looks curious, like he's looking around himself to know what is happening. I ha never seen this bird before, he's beauutiful, and I also like the soft and natural colors. I hope you'll managed to get some other shots from him in your municipal park !
Greetings from France !

Hi friend Greg, wonderful capture of this pretty woodpecker.
i wish you and your family a very healthy and happy New Year!


Hello Greg, and a Happy New Year to you !
You begin 2009 by bringing us this appallingly bad photo of the miniscule New Guinean Pygmy Shrew Elephant.
It is so dark in the Elephants cave that we can see no details in the scales at all.
Never mind.Perhaps you could try photographing fungi .... or birds ;)
I hope you hjave a gjood njew yjear anyjway :)

Still here...I am somewhat happy you have stopped the Horia contest..although I love it...it was like...I don't know...so many dragongflies and I have practically none...like...why do my kids always say "like dad" and they are grown now...yikes... A fine change of pace for you.

Dear Grzegorz,
This is a fantastic "new year" shot, crystal clear and razor-sharp, with perfect DOF. And above all, with great humour. :) This specie's also living here in Hungary, but not common.
Tfs this wonderful shot, have a nice day. Regards from Hungary, László

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2009-01-02 0:39]

Hi Greg

I cannot recall ever noticing this little woodpecker before, so thanks for the introduction.
It seems like a curious little bird as it looks like it is very interested in what you are doing.
Probably this is one of the birds that eat all those wonderful dragonflies you always try to capture.
I like the affirmative eye-contact and the little catchlight.
The details, colour definition, and complimentary BG are all positives.

Thanks for the good wishes for 2009. The same to you and your loved ones too.

Well done and TFS
Best regards

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2009-01-02 1:57]

Hello Greg,
What a wonderful capture this is!The PoV is exceptional and the composition looks so fine with this half peeping up image of the middle spotted woodpecker.The catchlight in its eyes make it look even more lively and vertical composition adds up to the scene.Perfectly timed and well captured. Look forward to the next two species and more from beautiful and scenic Poland.

Wihsing you and family a healthy and peaceful 2009

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  • meyerd Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531)
  • [2009-01-02 10:10]

Hi Grzegorz,

I wish to see a Middle spotted woodpecker once, and I'm not even thinking of taking a photograph. It is rare in Switzerland. You caught it in such a nice pose. Who was more surprised, the woodpecker or you? Well done, my friend.

Best regards

What a beautiful picture you took for the festive occasion, Greg!
I love this portrait of a cute Woodpecker.
The colours are very beautiful and the image is technically outstanding.
Wish you too a Happy New Year!

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2009-01-03 14:38]

A great shot of this Woodpecker which isn't often shown on TN.
Excellent pose and a great composition.
Well exposed.
Great lighting.

Well done,

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