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Syrian Woodpecker

Syrian Woodpecker
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Copyright: Fikret Yorgancioglu (fiyo) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07-19
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D70, Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 II APO Macro Super
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/2500 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-02-09 9:04
Viewed: 3543
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 70
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Scientific classification :
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Ave
Order: Piciformes
Family: Picidae
Genus: Dendrocopos
Species: D. syriacus

Binomial name
Dendrocopos syriacus
(Hemprich & Ehrenberg, 1833

TR: Alaca Ağaçkakan

The Syrian Woodpecker (Dendrocopos syriacus) is a member of the woodpecker family, the Picidae.

The Syrian Woodpecker is a resident breeding bird from southeastern Europe east to Iran. Its range has expanded further northwest into Europe in recent years.

It is an inhabitant of open woodlands, cultivation with trees and scrubs, and parks, depending for food and nesting sites upon old trees. It is often an inconspicuous bird, in spite of the plumage. The large white shoulder patch is a feature that catches the eye.

Syrian Woodpecker is 23-25 cm long, and is very similar to the Great Spotted Woodpecker, Dendrocopos major. The upper parts of the male are glossy black, with a crimson spot on the nape and white on the sides of the face and neck. On the shoulder is a large white patch and the flight feathers are barred with black and white. The three outer tail feathers show only a few white spots; these show when the short stiff tail is outspread, acting as a support in climbing. The under parts are buffish white, the abdomen and under tail coverts reddish. The long bill is slate black and the legs greenish grey,

The female has no crimson on the nape, and in the young this nape spot is absent, but the crown is crimson.it differs from the smaller Lesser Spotted Woodpecker by the crimson on the abdomen.

It is much harder to distinguish Syrian Woodpecker from Great Spotted Woodpecker. Syrian has a longer bill, and lacks the white tail barring of Great Spotted. Another important distinction is that Syrian does not have the black line connecting the moustachial stripe to the nape shown by the more widespread species.

When hidden by the foliage, the Syrian Woodpecker’s presence is often advertised by the mechanical drumming, a vibrating rattle, produced by the rapidly repeated blows of its strong bill upon a trunk or branch. This is not merely a mating call or challenge, but a signal of either sex. It is audible from a great distance, depending on the wind and the condition of the wood, and a hollow bough naturally produces a louder note than living wood. The drumming is longer than Great Spotted Woodpecker’s, and decreases in volume. It is faster tand shorter than the drumming of White-backed Woodpecker.

The call is a sharp quit, quit, softer than Great Spotted Woodpecker, and something like Redshank.

The Syrian Woodpecker’s food mainly consists of those insects which bore into the timber of forest trees, such as the larvae of wood boring moths and beetles.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-02-09 9:12]

Hello Fikret,
Though his feathers are rather ruffled, this is a fine capture of a juvenile Syrian Woodpecker, with excellent sharpness and lighting, fine green blurred BG and very well composed.
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

Merhaba Fikret , kuşun netliği ve arka plan bulanıklığı mükemmel olmuş , eline sağlık , bol şanslar.

Magnifique plumage et belle pose.
Bonne journée.

Hello Fikret
Wowww What agreat shot of Woodpecker,
Everythings great here,Welldone.


Hi Fikret,
This is a wonderful capture of the syrian woodpecker!
With the very good POV, you got great details to enjoy on the bird, specially on the black feathers and the beautiful white spots.
The deep green background looks terrific for the overall image.
I like so much the composition, and the way you played with the branch.
Congratulations, thanks for share it with us and my best regards,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-02-09 9:32]

Hello Fikret,
Great shot of this woodpecker who is showing off his lovely feathers. Nice details and colours which look good against the green background. Excellent composition.
TFS and regards, Ulla

Wow, so beautiful pic of young Syrian Woodpecker!
Very nice composition, beautiful BG, very good sharpness and lighting!
Well done, Fikret!

What a phenomenal sharpness at 1/2500, Fikret!
You have a complete mastery over your equipment.
The Syrian woodpecker certainly looks different. All its beautiful colours are very well captured in this superb shot.
Best regards,

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-02-09 9:45]

Merhaba Fikret Bey,
Netlik, keskinlik, fon, renkler ve ışık cok guzel. Elinize saglik.

abi çok güzel.
tebrik ederim.

hi fikret,
lovely shot,
the colours are nice, perfect blurred bg,
nice pose captured, good pov,
sharpness is perfect,
well done,
tfs & regards

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  • shal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 256 W: 64 N: 481] (2140)
  • [2007-02-09 10:34]

Hi Fikret,
Lovely colours and details,
very well framed shot,
I have not seen this species before,
great presentation,
Cheers TFS :D

Hello Fikret,
This is a perfect picture of this nice specie. I like the fact that you caught him with its wings opened as we can see some beautiful details and patterns. Those details are amazingly sharp and this is a great composition. This is very well done. Thanks,

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  • babak Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 53 W: 0 N: 234] (1202)
  • [2007-02-09 13:07]

Very nice shot , well done

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-02-09 13:12]

Hi Fikret

What a splendid capture!
This is definately a unique pose by this cute woodpecker - so fluffed up like that...looks funny :))
The details here are simply outstanding and razor-sharp and the DOF is fantastig, giving you an amazing BG...really beautiful here!
The colors are also superb, the exposure is spot-on and the cmposition is brilliant - leaving a great space toward the direction of the bird's sight.


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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-02-09 14:51]

Hola Fikret, hermosa captura y agradable bg. la iluminacion es excelente,
buen trabajo... saludos

This is an excellent shot, the detail is perfect, especially in the eye and the exposure is on the mark and its almost full frame! Pat yourself on the back this is a beauty!


hi fikret!
what a beautiful voodpecker!
sharp with nice pov and dof
good composition to
well done!

Hi Fikret,
Flawless composition and framing on this shot. The light is excleent, as is the exposure. Colors and detail look great. OOF backround is beautiful here. Well done!

Hi Fikret, wonderful bird with splendid colors and great sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-02-10 2:50]

I love the pose of this woodpecker, Fikret.
So cute and fluffy.
The details are incredibly sharp, and the exposure is perfect.
Wonderful POV.
TFS. : )

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-02-10 4:22]

Merhaba Fikret Bey,
Çok hoş bir çalışma daha,model için de söylenecek söz yok:)Işık,arka plan,renkler detaylar kusursuz.Selamlar,ellerinize sağlık!

Merhaba Fikret senin resimler cok net ve kaliteli bu resim cok guzel cikmis arka bulanikli ve keskin kus. Isik ve exposure tam yerinde tebrikler selamlar Necip.

Hello Fikret,
You've shown the inherent beauty of this bird very nicely.
I can't add to the others comments except to say congratulations. Another fine shot, and your usual high standard here..Impressive work.
Very well done.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-02-10 8:31]

Hello Fikret,
a wonderful portrait of this woodpecker,
Excellent work on the sharpness and details. The OOF BG loks great, very nice composition.

bonjour fikret
votre pic ressemble beaucoup au pic epeiche que je peux voir dans ma region,vous avez reussi a l'avoir de tres pres et rien que pour cela je vous felicite,bien sûr la photo est splendide.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-02-10 11:00]

Hi Fikret.
Amazing pose of this funny and cute birdy. Great, as usual, reflection of all components of the shot: fantastic in its beauty BG, vivid colours of the bird, its details as well as the details of the twig. Composition is perfect too. BRAVO. Superb work and TFS.

Hola Fikret,
Me parece una toma de gran belleza y calidad, la composición, luz, nitidez y fondo son excelentes. Saludos

Hello Fikret,
Enjoy seeing this beautiful birds. You captured well with all sharpness and details to appreciate. Thanks for sharing this fine image. Cheers,

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  • volkan Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 497 W: 10 N: 4] (2425)
  • [2007-02-11 10:05]

Selam Fikret Bey,
Mükemmel bir kare olmuş.
Netlik,arka plan ve detaylar nefis.

Hi Fikret,
This is a wonderful capture of the syrian woodpecker!


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  • sayat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 280 W: 0 N: 258] (1457)
  • [2007-02-13 11:36]

Şahane bir kare! Renkler ve netlik harika, elinize sağlık.

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-02-15 10:34]

An excellent shot again and excellent capture!!
Wonderful sharpness, DOF, pov and composition.
Just beautiful!
My compliments and TFS.

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  • star74 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 211 W: 3 N: 598] (2474)
  • [2007-03-04 13:59]

Merhaba Fikret Bey,
Dalın konumu ve kuşun duruşu çok hoş,
Renkler ve detaylar harika,
Arka plan da çok başarılı,

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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2008-08-22 22:05]

very beautiful and colorful! great focus and nice composition. tfs

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