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Golden Fronted Woodpecker

Golden Fronted Woodpecker
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Copyright: Billy C Banks (K9madtex) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 122 W: 67 N: 278] (1022)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-01-13
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 5D, Canon 70 - 200 f2.8L IS USM, Canon 72mm UV Haze
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2008-01-18 5:51
Viewed: 3515
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I had returned to San Angelo State Park to look for wildlife photo opportunities. This is the same day as the Bison shot I posted earlier. I went to the birding area and sat for a while in the hide. After about ten minutes several different species of bird suddenly came out of nowhere to visit the water hole. This Golden Fronted Woodpecker was the liveliest of the bunch and is my favorite of the bird photos. While in the park I also saw a couple Javelina but I was driving and they were gone before I could get stopped to get a decent shot off. I will put the not so good Javelina photo in the WS.

About Golden Fronted Woodpeckers

A stripe-backed woodpecker of Mexico and Central America, the Golden-fronted Woodpecker reaches the United States only in the brushlands and open woodlands of Texas and Oklahoma.
Cool Facts

* The Golden-fronted Woodpecker is composed of four subspecies that differ in size, amount of barring on the tail, and the color of the nape, nasal tufts, and belly. Whereas the nape of the form found in Texas and most of Mexico is yellow to orange, it is red on the Yucatan Peninsula and orange farther south. The four forms were formerly considered different species.

* The Golden-fronted Woodpecker consumes about as much fruit and nuts as it does insects. In summer in Texas, the faces of some woodpeckers become stained purple from eating fruit of the prickly pear cactus.

For more on Golden Ffronted Woodpeckers go to http://www.birds.cornell.edu/AllAboutBirds/BirdGuide/Golden-fronted_Woodpecker_dtl.html

They even have sounds of their call you can listen too. Great site.

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Hello Billy,
This is so brilliant. Beautiful perch on that tree in vertical position so that the back is fully exposed. All the details and clarity are very well managed in superb clarity and contrast. Very well done and have a wonderful weekend.
Regards from Malaysia,

Hi Billy,
you capture this beautiful woodpecker greatly with very nice POV, focus. natural coloration, different but nicely framed. thanks for sharing,
best wishes

Hi Billy
Nice shot of this colorful Golden Fronted Woodpecker. Cool pose and composition.
Only thing which like less is the frame, it takes to much attention from this beautiful bird imho.

Merhaba Billy,
This beautiful woodpecker taken very well. POV, focus. natural colors also foog. TFS.
Regards from Turkey,

Hi Billy,
Fine image of this woodpecker. Very good detail, POV and pose, as well as composition. Really nice light colored BG bokeh which is a wonderful back drop for the gray withered tree trunk and bird. Well done. Bravo!

Hello Billy,
Excellent shot of this Golden Fronted Woodpecker. Love the virtical crop surpurb detail, and the exposure is spot on, really nice work mate, Cheers Rick...

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  • lizzie Gold Star Critiquer [C: 207 W: 0 N: 605] (2855)
  • [2008-01-18 17:57]

Hi billy,

Very sharp image of the woodpecker with great natural colours. Excellent blurry background. I also like the vertical framing, it's a nice line with the trunk! Well done!

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-01-18 18:16]
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Hi Billy, a great and stunning shot! We feel the forest just by looking at it. I love the pattern of the tree trunk with the one on the back of the bird. The blurred background adds to the beautiful composition with its colour and harmony. And, most of all, the frame you added is fantastic, it seems like it is made out of the picture... anyway, the whole altogether is really an harmonious and beautiful picture, an homage to this beautiful woodpecker. Thank you!


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-01-18 18:56]

Hello Billy,
Splendid capture with fantastic color and sharp details in a lovely composition. GTreat work Billy, thank you for sharing it with us.

Hi Billy, Nice capture and cute animal. Good compo. TFS. Greetings from Turkey.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-01-19 0:32]

Hi Billy,
Appreciate and like this wonderful shot from you. Out of town, hence doing a short job. Sorry friend.

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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2008-01-19 2:57]

Hello Billy
This beautiful woodpecker taken very well.
Very good composed
well done

Wonderfully clear, clean shot. Great focus and sharpness. The state park is a wonderful place to visit! I haven't been there in years but might have to go. I love the Colorado Bend park near San Saba.

This is a great shot...wonderfully composed, excellent lighting...lovely!

Hi Billy,

This is the first of your pictures I have seen and it's a stunner. I love the vertical composition, with the bird giving you a nice profile. The colours, light, dof and pov are all perfect. An amazing shot.


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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-01-24 6:48]

Hello Billy, great bird and great photograph ! Very sharp details, good pose of the subject and very nice environment ! Well done, thanks !


Hi Billy
Very nice shot of these beautiful bird. Good compo and sharpness. Nice OOF background
Best wishes

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  • cam Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 85 W: 0 N: 78] (360)
  • [2008-01-29 11:27]

Hi Billy
Great, its pose delivers all the interesting details there is to see with a good sharpness.
Well done

Billy - this is a great-lookin' bird! You did a great job with color, focus, pose, pov and the framing is so unique! Very artistic! Love it! Penny

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