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Northern Flicker

Northern Flicker
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Copyright: Art Roberts (Art_R) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 20 N: 839] (3892)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-04-27
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300 with MB_D10, AF-S Nikkor 300mm f/4D IF-ED, 77mm UV
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/2500 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-04-29 1:50
Viewed: 2632
Points: 6
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Hi Folks , today I have this image of a Male Northern Flicker. there are two types that I am familiar with , either yellow shafted , or as seen here, red shafted , which refers to the color of their under wing, though when you can't see the under wing , they can also be told apart by the colors of their face and cap, a yellow shafted northern flicker would have a gray cap with beige face.

I tried to augment the brightness and contrast in this fellows excavation so we could see that it would appear to be quite insect affected. though he did not seem overly interested in feeding , and from the looks of his beak I would expect that is because he was ground feeding before coming to this snag of a tree.

thanks for having a look

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To bobair: George laneArt_R 1 04-29 19:38
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Hi Art,

Well my good friend Art, as you know you have just missed the shot here, there's only one crib i have with this image and that's the lack of a eye!,

A highlighted eye here would change this image dramatically, you have all the other elements,
The eyes are the focal point of all living creatures including us Humans,
Nevertheless Art a great effort,
Congratulations and have a great Weekend,
Best Regards,


Very special and excellent capture of this bird!!!

Hi Art this, is a fine looking photo of mister flicker with his eyes closed and that is fine by me.At this time of year he may find food by jack-hammering trees but not much as this species prefers eating it's food off of the ground however the males do take to trees to drum out a message to the females that they are eligible bachelors looking to mate and so it goes,you have captured just such a moment.I like the detail you have captured in this shot as that red moustache is very well captured and the details are sharp overall.It has occurred to me that I may even have this shot more or less based on the shape of the tree bark and overall configuration as it has such a familiar look to it and that if it is, happens to be photoed right on the street where you live but only slightly west of there.A fine photo,Art and thanks for sharing.


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