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Nubian Woodpecker

Nubian Woodpecker
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Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-08-24
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, AF Nikkor 70-300mm f4-5.6 G, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/8, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-11-07 9:32
Viewed: 6158
Points: 70
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Another new species for TN.
The Nubian Woodpecker, campethera nubica, is 21–23 cm and endemic to NE Africa.

The male has a full red crown and moustachial stripe, and black-spotted face, neck, breast and flanks. The female has a black crown with white spots, red nape and blackish moustachial stripes. Plain throat and heavily marked ear coverts separate both sexes from Speckle-throated Woodpecker, and spotted (not streaked) breast separates adults from Golden-tailed and Mombasa woodpeckers.
Juvenile is browner and darker above, with black malar stripes; more heavily marked below, sometimes appearing streaked from chin to breast.

Habitat: Savanna and acacia woodland.

Status: Local resident from Sudan, Ethiopia and Somalia south through Uganda and Kenya to northern Tanzania.

Voice: Loud duet, accelerating in middle, then slowing down again; ‘tyee tyee tyee-tyee-tyee-tyee tee tee’.

Sources: ‘Birds of Africa, South of the Sahara by I Sinclair and P. Ryan’ and ‘Collins Field Guide, Birds of East Africa by J.G. Williams and N. Arlott’.

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Hi Peter,
Beautiful bird and colors are superb..
Very well composed..

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-11-07 9:36]

Hi Peter. Congrats on a first on TN. Very good markings on this bird. Which you have taken with such detail. Good natural colours. I see from your notes the male stands out with the red head. They match the tree bark very well. A nice POV/DOF. well done TFS.

Have a good weekend.

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-11-07 9:42]

merhaba peter
wonderful species and great capture
i like pose, POV, light, colours, sharpness and details

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  • Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
  • [2008-11-07 9:46]

lovely picture

geen gemakkelijk opgave Peter,
maar Uw capture mag zeker wel gezien worden, hij staat er scherp en gekleurd op mooi werk hoor. prettige avond.
groet Jaap

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-11-07 9:49]

Hello Peter,
Great to see all these new postings for TN from you. Congratulations once again!
This is an excellent capture of the Nubian Woodpecker, a species that must be new for the vast majority of us on TN taken from a fine POV with good sharpness against a fine neutral BG. Well composed on the tree trunk.
Thankls for sharing this superb image.
Have a good weekend,

Hello Peter,
Very interesting woodpecker, with lovely colours and fine details. Thanks for sharing this new species for TN. Best regards,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-11-07 10:04]

Hello Peter,
excellent image.Good POV and sharp image with good details.Light and colors are nice.Nice pose from your subject also.
Regards Siggi

Hello Peter - I love woodpeckers. So cool to learn about the ones I don't get to see on a regular basis. This one is very cute, and you've taken a superb shot of it. Nice clarity - great dof. Thanks for sharing! Penny

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-11-07 10:25]

Congrats for this premiere here Peter! And what a beauty it is. Great pose, sharp focus and lots of great details! Well done my friend!


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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-11-07 10:26]

Hi Peter,
Excellent capture.Colors,sharpness,BG and composition are wonderful.
Thanks for posting..

Ciao Peter,
complimenti per questa prima su TN; meraviglioso momento di cattura di questo picchio, eccellenti POV, DOF e composizione con la bella inclinazione diagonale e lo stupendo OOF BG arricchito dai riflessi di luce, ottima definizione dei dettagli e magnifici colori.

hi Peter,
congratulation for this capture in Africa,
a good first on T.N. of this amazing species

best sERGIO

Hello Peter,
great capture.
Nice colours with excellent details.
Good composition.

Hello Peter, splendid colours and nice composition.
TFS and regards,


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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2008-11-07 11:43]

Hello Peter
Beutiful bird and very nice composition. Details are wonderful.
TFS and G's

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-11-07 11:55]

Hi Peter,every day a new and great surprise,it's impressive to see a lot of birds very very stranges and unusuals like that! And what a fantastics colors every time! Very great gallery,my best compliments,have a nice weekend,Luciano

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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2008-11-07 13:13]

Merhaba Peter,
Nereden buluyorsun bu farklı türleri dostum? Yeni tür oldukları yetmezmiş gibi hepsi de portre tadında ayrıntılı ve tanısal dğerlerin çok üstünde ve yüksek kalitede kareler bunlar. Geçenki yüklediğin de bu özelliklerde bir kare idi. Bu güzel kareleri paylaştığın için çok teşekkürler.


Hi Peter,
this bird is wonderful and you can be so happy that you could capture it so well, congrats.
Bye and greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Merhaba Peter,renkleri ve deseni çok güzel bu kuşun,ışığı ve kompozisyonu güzel bir fotoğraf,ellerine sağlık:)

Hi My friend Peter,
Superb shot of this beautifull woodpacker with nice natural colours and fine vertical composition. Details and lighting are alsa perfect!
TFS and have a nice weekend!


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  • darwin Gold Star Critiquer [C: 259 W: 0 N: 403] (1401)
  • [2008-11-07 16:37]

Hi Peter
Congratulations on another new specie on TN and to me
Well captured with fine detail and nice natural colors
tfs jon

What a combination of look-alikes!!! wow! Shapes and forms of one species with colours of maybe two more...well done...You really got lucky or you have a natural guardian Angel of some sort...just fine!

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-11-07 21:15]

Hi Peter.
Pictured by you species is amazing. Detals of the image, richness of colours are great. I also like impressive inclined composition and wonderful smooth BG. Bravo and best regards.

hello peter,
i liked the composition very much, the details of the plumage are great and the colors are well saturated, liked the pov too,
tfs & regards

Hallo Peter,

Wat een mooie specht,lijkt of ie ziek is zo wollig als hij er uit ziet.
Mooie heldere kleuren met een goed kijkveld en scherptediepte.


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-11-08 5:57]

Hello Peter,
I'm really amazed how many different bird-pictures you have taken in Ethiopia. It's great also for us. So many species shown for the first time! This one is also a very beautiful one and reminds us of some spotted woodpeckers of other regions.
Thanks also for the good note
best regards

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-11-08 9:22]

Hello Peter,

I like the way plumage of the bird blends with the pattern of the tree bark. Image is very sharp showing well both bird and tree.

Thank you for sharing,

Ciao Peter, lovely bird in nice pose with beautiful colors, fine details and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hello Peter

What a beautiful woodpecker.
The colours are wonderful.
Excellent POV and DOF.
The setting is terrific.
You have shown the markings and plumage well.
Great job.


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-11-12 17:55]

Hello Peter,
What a chubby looking woodpecker Peter. Your camera work brings out excellent colors and details. Thank you for sharing.

What a cool looking woodpecker Peter, I like your comp.
The color and exposure look excellent, nice detail/DOF also :)
Well done!

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-11-24 8:29]

Hi Peter,
Nice shot of this cute little woodpecker. Good POV, I like the patterns and details on the plumage. TFS
Best wishes,

hello Peter
splendid scene and moment,very good use of light with great output in colours and in the details!
keep photographing! TFS

Hello Peter

Excellent photo of this species of woodpecker,
fine POV, appropriate vertical framing,
great focus, sharpness, details, TFS


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