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Copyright: Manyee Desandies (manyee) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-12-31
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Powershot SX110IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Guatemala & Belize
Date Submitted: 2010-02-10 17:51
Viewed: 6150
Points: 24
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Acorn Woodpecker
Melanerpes formicivorus

Pic glandivore (French)
Carpintero de bellota (Spanish)

The clown-faced Acorn Woodpecker is a common bird of western oak forests. It lives in extended family groups, and all members of the group spend hours and hours storing thousands of acorns in carefully tended holes in trees and telephone poles.

Cool Facts
The Acorn Woodpecker has a very complicated social system. Family groups hold territories, and young woodpeckers stay with their parents for several years and help the parents raise more young. Several different individuals of each sex may breed within one family, with up to seven breeding males and three breeding females in one group.
All members of an Acorn Woodpecker group spend large amounts of time storing acorns. Acorns typically are stored in holes drilled into a single tree, called a granary tree. One granary tree may have up to 50,000 holes in it, each of which is filled with an acorn in autumn.
The Acorn Woodpecker will use human-made structures to store acorns, drilling holes in fence posts, utility poles, buildings, and even automobile radiators. Occasionally the woodpecker will put acorns into places where it cannot get them out. Woodpeckers put 220 kg (485 lb) of acorns into a wooden water tank in Arizona. In parts of its range the Acorn Woodpecker does not construct a granary tree, but instead stores acorns in natural holes and cracks in bark. If the stores are eaten, the woodpecker will move to another area, even going from Arizona to Mexico to spend the winter.
In groups with more than one breeding female, the females put their eggs into a single nest cavity. A female usually destroys any eggs in the nest before she starts to lay, and more than one third of all eggs laid in joint nests are destroyed. Once all the females start to lay, they stop removing eggs.


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Hi Manyee,
Mükemmel bir tür,
harika bir çalışma ve oş bir zamanlama olmuş. tebrikler.

Hi Manyee
What a great capture:four Melanerpes formicivorus in the same place!
Great details and colors.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2010-02-10 23:19]

Hi Manyee

Amazing to see so many woodpeckers together. You have captures them in good detail.

Best wishes


Hi Manyee,

You are so lucky to spot so many woodpeckers gathered at one spot. Beautiful image on top of the trunk. Love the details and framing in this shot.

Thanks for sharing and best regards,

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-02-10 23:44]

What an amazing capture Manyee!
Photographing 2 woodpecker at once is and achievment, but 4..WOW!
The sharpness and colours are great and we get to see good different veiws of the Acorn Woodpecker.
Well done and TFS it!

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-02-11 5:56]

Looks like some round table conference, beautifully captured the moment. tfs.

Ciao Manyee, lovely trio in nice pose, great natural colors, splendid sharpness and fine details, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-02-11 8:46]

Hello Manyee,
What a surprise! Four Acorn Woodpeckers on one trunk. Excellent POV, composition, sharpness and contrasting colours. A unique photo!

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2010-02-11 13:26]

Hola Manyee.
Where did You get a LOT of woodpeackers? Wow
Nice photo. You did a great work here. Lovely pose and beautiful BG.

Really cool shot of this group of woodpeckers, I think this is the most I've seen in one gathering. Very nice ManYee. :)

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2010-02-16 1:11]

Hi Manyee

Wow..this is one impressive gathering of Acorn Woodpeckers!!!
I have a big old oak tree at my folks and i have a family of woodpeckers living there but never have i seen them all on the same branch :)
You really seized the moment here and captured is with good details and attention to the overall exposure.
Great poses from all of them, too - it's actually like a fashion presentation: left, right, then the back...all angles ;)

Bravo and TFS

Hello Manyee
there are many great posts on your portpolio. When I would write for last ones, I saw this one. this is really wonderful. great timing. Up to now, I have seen many woodpeckers from various species. But I have never seen them in such a cluster. each of four gave nice pose to you from different angle. all of them greatly focused. exposure, colors and composition great. coloration also superb. thanks a lot for this special frame. best wishes and have a nice weekend

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