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Female Eastern Downy Woodpecker

Female Eastern Downy Woodpecker
Photo Information
Copyright: Liezel Dsouza (ldsouza) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 101 W: 25 N: 218] (1369)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-11-19
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 5D, Canon EF 300 f4L + Canon 1.4 converter
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-11-19 21:37
Viewed: 4112
Points: 17
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Cool fact: Male and female Downy Woodpeckers use separate foraging strategies during the winter. Males tend to feed in the tops of trees on branches that are smaller in diameter, whereas females feed in midlevel and lower sections of the tree on branches that are larger in diameter. Males aggressively maintain this segregation by chasing away any bird that attempts to feed near them.
Downy Woodpeckers are approximately 6.5 inches (16 centimeters) in length. A relatively small woodpecker with a short, chisel-shaped bill, Downy Woodpeckers have plumage that is a sharply contrasting pattern of blacks and whites
Information from:http://www.birds.cornell.edu/BOW/DOWP/
Downy Woodpeckers have a black forehead and crown; males have a red patch on their nape (see drawing below), whereas females have a white patch on their nape. A wide white supercilium with a broad black band extends through the eye to the ear coverts, then down the neck. The lores, beneath the eye, and the sides of the neck are white. The black moustachial stripe extends to the neck. The chin, throat, and undersides are white. The lower neck, sides of the mantle, rump, and uppertail coverts are black. The back is almost entirely white. The upper coverts and flight feathers are black with large white spots. Variation exists in the extent of these white spots on the wing: Pacific Northwest, southwestern, and southern races show little white on the wings. The upper tail feathers are black, with all but the central feathers having white tips, which increase in amount toward the outertail. The typically prominent black bars on the white outer tail feathers vary in size. The undertail coverts are white with black spots.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-11-19 23:01]

Hello Liezel

A lovely portrait of this woodpecker.Excellent DOF and POV.The details are very crisp and sharp.The colours are well saturated.Excellent composition.The OOF BG is amazing.Well done.TFS


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  • shal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 256 W: 64 N: 481] (2140)
  • [2006-11-19 23:31]

Hi Liezel,
Lovely composition and pose by the bird,
great framing,
looks as if the bird is interested to see the results aswell :)
Great Work,
Cheers :D

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2006-11-20 0:00]

Hi Liezel,

A nice composed picture with a cooporative model,well captured with good colors sharpness,details and BG,

Regards and TFS


Good picture with good composition. It seems like the woodpecker's head is a little soft. softer than the tree. Nice colors throughout. Good.

Hi Liezel,
Nice DoF, sharp and very neat BG. Nicely composed picture, but I prefer a straight and solid colored frame.
Nice shot.

Ben Lakitan

nice shot, well composed,
good dof, fine pov,
matural colours, sharpness could have been better,
tfs & regards

Hi Liezel,
Marvellous capture here.
Beautiful colors,details and sharpness.
Very well done.TFS

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  • viv Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 292 W: 3 N: 653] (3317)
  • [2006-11-20 7:49]

Hi Liezel,
Great shot of this woodpecker I like the POV, colours and sharpnees.

Hi Liezel

A lovely pose and the exposure is good, but it is soft on focus. TFS.

Hi Liezel,

Nice capture
Great sharpness, details, colours, POV, DOF, BG and framing

TFS Thijs

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