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Streak-throated Woodpecker (male)

Streak-throated Woodpecker (male)
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Copyright: Ruby Sarkar (rubyfantacy) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 84 W: 1 N: 417] (2627)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-02-28
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon PowerShot SX 40 HS
Exposure: f/5.8, 1/100 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Ruby's woodpeckers: a collection [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2012-02-28 9:26
Viewed: 2198
Points: 6
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i took this photograph today. around 10 am. in the Chintamani Kar Bird Sanctuary.

this bird is not new to me. but today's was a different situation. special :)

what so special?

well, today, there was a strike called by the opposition party in our state. and hence all the public vehicles were not functioning. funny is that the people here enjoy strikes and take it as holidays. the streets remain empty like meadows. only two or three people can be seen on the roads at a time.

when i came to know about this strike, i knew my plan! :)

today, very early in the morning, i went to the sanctuary. and when i reached, i was extremely excited to know that i was the ONLY visitor in the whole sanctuary!!

a virgin jungle... so many birds in their natural world and mood... and myself! not a single bird did care about my presence until i was too close. as if i was a guest in their very own world! i felt blessed. i was there till noon, and i saw the sunlight change its angles. i saw some new birds of which i heard but not seen before. for example, Forest Wagtail (Dendronanthus indicus). i saw a group of Mongoose roaming around me. careless. and free. i took many satisfactory photographs today. and many i missed. actually, i was in a trance and almost forgot of taking shots.

this is my second post on this particular bird. this time, i guess, the angle is not that bad :)

Streak-throated Woodpecker (Picus xanthopygaeus), which i always call by 'green woodpecker', is a medium sized Woodpecker... bigger than Fulvous-breasted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos macei) but smaller than the Common Flameback Woodpecker (Dinopium javanense). not measured. seemed so :)
all these three woodpeckers can be found in that bird sanctuary, along with that 'brown woodpecker'... Rufous Woodpecker (Micropternus brachyurus).

i never saw this green woodpecker to go in sun. seems like they are comfortable in shades. unlike the Common Flamebacks.

the females look quite similar except the black crown instead of red as in males.

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To cuckooroller: you said nice? :)rubyfantacy 3 03-01 04:09
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Just a nice shot. One of my favorite genus Picus.

you see Ruby, this is the use of the strikes .... can make or brake your day ...in your case ...BINGO! Wonderfully taken opportunity to be alone with nature ...and your camera! Brilliant capture although the composition looks rather crude ;) I mean, the bird is almost left the frame.....put it back Ruby...let it face more space in front! Please release your workshop next time ...
George Veltchev

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  • Cobo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 236 W: 1 N: 535] (5799)
  • [2012-02-29 9:43]

I like it, we have this bird in Spain, but the color is differnt. Your picture has good light, sharpness on the bird and a very natural color. Congratulation.

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