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Fine-spotted Woodpecker

Fine-spotted 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: 2016-01-16
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D90, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/1600 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2016-02-28 6:45
Viewed: 1902
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

The Fine-spotted Woodpecker (Campethera punctuligera) is a widespread and frequently common resident breeder in much of west and central tropical Africa.

It is a species associated with open forest and bush. It nests in a tree hole, often in an oil palm, laying two or three white eggs.

Like other woodpeckers, this species has a straight pointed bill, a stiff tail to provide support against tree trunks, and zygodactyl or “yoked" feet, with two toes pointing forward, and two backward. The long tongue can be darted forward to capture insects.
This bird is 22 cm in length. It is a typical woodpecker shape, and has green upperparts marked with fine pale spots, except on the rump and tail, which have pale bars instead. The underparts are yellowish with fine dark flank spots. The head is whitish with greyer cheeks and chin, again with tiny dark spots.

The adult male Fine-spotted Woodpecker has a red crown and moustachial stripes. Females have a dark forecrown, with red on the rear half. They lack the red moustaches. Young birds are like the female, but the green of the plumage is darker.

Like other woodpeckers, this species is insectivorous. It is a specialist termite feeder, and is frequently seen near termite mounds. The call of this vocal species is a loud wik-wik-wee-wee-yuu.

Source: Wikipedia

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Hello Peter

Excellent action shot, fine POV, with obtaining its eye-contact,
excellent light, focus, sharpness, and details, TFS


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2016-02-28 11:43]

Hi Peter,another new entry on TN from your gallery,the quality of sharpness isn't the best but very good,the DOF seems better on the tree and not on the bird.No problem,a great way to enter a new specie...i like it! Have a nice week and thanks,Luciano

Hello Peter,
Another great capture of a lovely bird specie. Excellent colors.

Frozen into space with utmost clarity, Peter.
The blue sky looks awesome in the background.
Another prize image from Gambia.

Hello Peter,
Congregation for an another new species here in TN.
Very well captured with nice details and color. Nice timing.....
Thanks for sharing with useful NOTE,

Hi Peter
Congratulations on another new species for TN. It's what I love about the this site so many interesting plant and animals. Nice action shot, detail and composition. Have a good evening.
TFS Janice

Ciao Peter, great capture of fantastic inflight woodpecker, wonderful colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

PS don't worry, I'll soon return with new butterflies

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2016-03-03 6:40]

Hi Peter,
Lovely shot and with a very good moment captured.
Regards Jiri.

hallo Peter
Weer een super opname voor TN
leuke foto met mooie kleuren en toch nog met genoeg scherpte
bedankt weer
gr lou

Hallo Peter,
Veels geluk met nog 'n nuwe spesie op TN en 'n wonderlike aksiefoto. En, soos gewoonlik, 'n baie insiggewende nota. Welgedaan en beste groete.

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