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Green Surprise

Green Surprise
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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: 2009-06-27
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 400D, Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 APO DG Macro
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-06-28 5:04
Viewed: 3231
Points: 24
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Yesterday was very rainy, dark day. I went to Botanic Garden to photograph snails and slugs. There wasn't visitors at all, I was almost alone. To say nothing about animals :-) I met many interesting mammals and birds, including this one - Green Woodpecker.

The Green Woodpecker (Picus viridis) is a member of the woodpecker family Picidae. It is also called a 'eqwal'.There are four subspecies and it occurs in most parts of Europe and in western Asia. All have green upperparts, paler yellowish underparts, a red crown and moustachial stripe which has a red centre in males but is all black in females.

The Green Woodpecker spends much of its time feeding on ants on the ground and does not often 'drum' on trees like other woodpecker species. It is a shy bird but usually draws attention with its loud calls. A nest hole is excavated in a tree; four to six eggs are laid which hatch after 19-20 days.

The Green Woodpecker measures 3036 cm in length with a 4551 cm wingspan. Both sexes are green above and pale yellowish green below, with yellow rump and red crown and nape; the moustachial stripe has a red centre in the male but is solid black in the female. The lores and around the white eye are black in both male and female, except in the Iberian race P. v. subsp. sharpei, in which it is dark grey and males have only a lower black border to the moustache. Juveniles are spotty and streaked all over;[1] the moustache is dark initially, though juvenile males can show some red feathers by early June or usually by July or August.

Although the Green Woodpecker is shy and wary, it is usually its loud calls which first draw attention. It 'drums' rarely (a soft, fast roll), but often gives a noisy 'ky-ky-kyck' while flying. The song is a loud series of 10-18 'kl' sounds which gets slightly faster towards the end and falls slightly in pitch. The female makes a thinner 'p-p-p-p-p-p-p'. The flight is undulating, with 3-4 wingbeats followed by a short glide when the wings are held by the body.

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Hi Greg,
A nice capture of this beautiful green woodpecker. Very well composed shot with sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-06-28 5:10]

Hi Grzegorz !

Wyjątkowe makro!
Doskonale przedstawiony i zagrany.
Opis przewidziane jest rwnież doskonała.
A pleasant, niedziela

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-06-28 5:23]

Hello Grzegorz
Nice capture taken with excellent details and wonderful colors.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-06-28 6:12]

Hi Greg . I have not seen you for a while. A good day to go to the park. This is a fine captur of the Green Woodpecker. I like the pse with its head facing upwards. Fine detail and natural colours. wel ldone TFS.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-06-28 6:18]

Hello Greg,
Specially the pose of this Green Woodpecker is surprising. Very beautiful natural colours and excellent sharp details in a good composition. Lovely dark BG.

Hi Grzegorz,

Excellent capture, in a very striking pose with a POV from below, very interesting.

It is a bird with great personality, reflected great way for your talents.



Czesc Grzesiu
Moje gratulacje ;-) Wreszcie sie udalo zlapac tego pieknego ptaszka. Dumnie pozuje. Fotka ladnie skomponowana, ostra i bardzo mi sie podoba

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2009-06-28 7:03]

Doskonala okazja ale mogl dzieciol wysunac sie bardziej. Precyzyjnie ujales, ostrosc i BG dokladne. Dawno nie widzialem tego gatunku a kiedys mieszkaly w mojej okolicy.
Pozdrawiam, Pawel

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  • thor68 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 795 W: 138 N: 1319] (5674)
  • [2009-06-28 13:13]

that is one fine surprise and a lot better than snails or slugs! :-) excellent capture of the nice Green Woodpecker, love
the details and pose. every once in a while i see one in my dads garden, but before i can get a cam ready its gone...
great job & best wishes, thor.

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  • marcin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 138 W: 0 N: 268] (2057)
  • [2009-06-28 13:41]

pieknie Grzesiek, pieknie!!
gratuluje i pozdrawiam no i troszeczke zazdroszcze gatunku

Hi Grzegorz
Nice capture.
Great details and good clarity.

That's marvellous, such a beautiful arrangement with nice colours.
Best wishes,

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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2009-07-01 14:26]

Hello Greg,
beautiful bird, great portrait!
nice colors & details captured

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