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Green Woodpecker

Green Woodpecker
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Copyright: Razvan Zinica (zetu) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-07-16
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 40d, Canon EF 100-400 mm F4.5-5.6L IS USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-07-22 0:37
Viewed: 2356
Points: 48
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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Green Woodpecker (Picus viridis) is a member of the woodpecker family Picidae. 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; 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.
It can be distinguished from the similar, but smaller, Grey-headed Woodpecker, Picus canus, by its yellowish, not grey, underparts, and the black lores and facial 'mask'. In Europe, its green upperparts and yellow rump can lead to confusion with the Grey-headed Woodpecker or possibly female Golden Oriole, though the latter is smaller and more slender with narrower wings and longer tail.

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lovely capture of the green woody! :-) wonderful colors and great pose. have seen him around a couple times too,
but never had a cam ready. well done & have a wonderful day, thor.

Hello Razvan,

Great shot of the green woodpecker...Well done!
Great sharpness, nice POV with vivid colors. the facial part of the woodpecker is just adorable.

thanks and regards,
Paras Bhalla

hello Razvan
composition with beautiful natural environment, technically very good capture,serious photographing as always

Hi Razvan,

superb capture of this lovely woodpecker. Nicely done. I think the lighting conditions were not ideal for this snap but you have done a great job here. Very nice composition.


Hi Razvan,
A nice capture of this beautiful Green Woodpecker. Very good sharp details and a lovely composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hi Razvan

Excellent capture.. WP's are among my favourite birds. Good perspective and sharness, natural colours, but perhaps more contrast would have made the bird stand out.


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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2009-07-22 2:46]

Slav Razvan,
Great capture of the green woodpecker.Very nice colors and good sharpness.Thanks for sharing.

A real awesome shot, Razvan...
Very well timed and perfect POV!

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-07-22 3:59]

Hello Razvan,
Alan, this is a excellent Picture. Great colours, sharpness excellent, a very nice composite. I like it. Well done.
Best regards Siggi

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2009-07-22 4:45]

Felicitari pentru aceasta fotografie despre ghionaie verde! O fotografie de prezentare a speciei de maxima exigenta!

Hello Razvan,

A great shot of this green Woodpecker with fine colors & details. Well done & TFS.



Ciao Razvan, great capture of elegant bird in nice pose, fine details, fantastic colors and splendid sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-07-22 11:20]

Hi Razvan. We have the Green Woodpecker in the garden at work i must try to get a picture. This is a fine side view whch blends the bird into the BG. The red cap stands out from the nutural colours. well done TFS.

hello Razvan
great picture of this beautiful woodpecker
beautiful colours

Ciao Rasvan. Great sharp and amazing colours. Great capture my friend.


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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2009-07-22 12:55]

Hello Razvan,
Although the bird is in shade colours of plumage are good and sharpness also. I haven't seen lately this species in my countryside.
Regards, Pawel

Hello Razvan,

Superb capture of this beautiful Green Woodpecker.
Natural colours with fantastic definition.
Lighting and composition are excellent.
Good note.

Hi Razvan

Great capture of this woodpecker.
Good composition and sharpness. I like the dirty bill. I did not not know they foraged mainly on ants.


Razvan, this is a fantastic shot. Excellent job. Haven't seen one of these before. Thanks for commenting on my pelican. Have a great day, Bill

Check out my website:
Bill Houghton Photography

Foco en el punto exacto !! y a pesar de la justa luz, conseguiste un resultado extraordinario. Buen trabajo tambin de encuadre.
Un saludo Razvan: Josep Ignasi.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-07-23 10:37]

Hi Razvan,

This Green Woodpecker is beautiful!! A wonderful pose - it's nice to see his face far from the tree trunk. Superb details of his face, eye and wonderful feathers. Colors are marvelous - so different from any woodpeckers we see here.


Hello Razvan
a great capture of this beautiful bird, i like the colors of this Green Woodpecker
fine composition and very good nice natural environment
very sharp details on the whole bird
Have a good night

Ottimo scatto con colori molto morbidi. Complimenti.

Ciao e grazie, Emanuele

Hallo Razvan
Your image is filled with lovely colours and detail that is well seen. The clarity and fierce appearance caught in the eye is really captured and displayed well. The red patch of feathers on the birds head adds to the speciality of this already special image. Focus, as well as sharpness is great and point of view and composition is tops. I thank you kindly for sharing this lovely Green Woodpecker with its very prominent features. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

Bonjour Razvan
Merci pour cette trs belle prise de vue
Couleurs tonnantes et splendides, nettet : top

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