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Dendrocopos medius

Dendrocopos medius
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Copyright: Szabo Jozsef (joska) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-01-27
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D 300s, Nikon 300 mm AF-S F:4 ED, IF
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/200 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-01-29 22:18
Viewed: 2148
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
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, Latvia, Turkey and the Caucasus. This species used to breed in Sweden but became extirpated in the 80's. However, Middle Spotted Woodpeckers have been seen in Sweden in appropriate breeding habitats after the extirpation. 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 5 cm 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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Wonderful shot of this woodpecker. This species is getting rare in Switzerland and you don't see it too often, not to tell about making such a nice pic of it!

Hello Szabo.
Nice woodpecker portrait with such clarity and details. Perfect shallow focus exposing the beautiful plumage.
Thanks and kind regards,

Szia Jóska,
Szép felvétel erröl a felborzolt tollú Közép fakopácsról,a dermesztő hólepte háttér elött.Nagyon helyénvalok a tollakrafagyott ködös szinek,ugyancsak utalva a felvétel körülményeire,vagy inkább nehézségeire.-Gratula

Ciao Joszef, great capture of lovely bird on a beautiful lighting BG, splendid sharpness, fine details and wonderful natural colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Ciao Szabo. Very well done this realistic pic. Excellent details and sharp against the blurred BG.


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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2012-01-30 5:01]

Hi Szabo

Great shot - excellent POV with great detail.

Best wishes


nice picture of this Middle Spotted Woodpecker. perfect sharpness and colour.

Good shot, Szabo.
I like the red 'hat' of this Woodpecker.
Attractive POV and beautiful composition against a plain BG.

great scene Jozsef, with excellent performance!
regards Nasos

hello Jozsef
very good picture with good sharpness and lovely colours
thanks greeting lou

Salut Joska

Superbe detalii,excelenta fotografie!
Numai bine, Valerian!

Hi Szabo
Great shot on this woodpecker! Lovely colors and details.

Very nice woodpecher portrait. This one is very rare here


Hello Szabo.
Very nice capture.Exposure is spot on.Colors,POV,sharpness,details are wonderful.TFS.Best regards siggi

Buna Joska,
Excelenta aceasta captura. Din pacate timpul meu limitat nu-mi permite iesiri in natura.
Urmaresc de mult o captura cu pasarea mea preferata dar fara succes.
Ma uimeste rezistenta fizica al acestei pasari. Este uimitor cum reuseste sa stea atarnata de o creanga, sustinindu-si doar in picioare toata greutatea corpului.

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