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Carpintero jabado.


Carpintero jabado.
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Copyright: Peter Stoeckl (peter_stoeckl) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1738 W: 291 N: 4005] (11530)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-02-17
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/800 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Animals feeding, part one [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-04-23 7:17
Viewed: 5324
Points: 37
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Melanerpes superciliaris (Temminck, 1827)

Carpintero jabado,
West Indian Woodpecker,
Bahamaspecht.

Body length: 27 – 32 cm

The lively and colourful West Indian Woodpecker is distributed over the islands of the Northern Caribbean. Most of its population seems to enjoy a good life on the island of Cuba where it is a joyfully frequent sight at various habitats from the sea up into the mountains as long as there are some large trees around.

Carpintero’s habitat.

Trying to capture a West Indian Woodpecker walking up a palm tree can be a funny game. The bird will always be aware that a camera is pointing at it, and it will escape by just turning to the other side of the trunk. So you would end up going endless circles around the palm tree while the woodpecker would climb up the trunk in circles always turning away from you. Besides keeping you in good health there is another advantage in that game: You can enjoy different angles of light - there a woodpecker has turned to the sunny side of the trunk.

Literature:
Hans Winkler, David Christie und David Nurney: Woodpeckers. A Guide to Woodpeckers, Piculets and Wrynecks of the World. Pica Press, Robertsbridge 1995
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melanerpes_superciliaris
http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bahamaspecht
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_birds_of_Cuba
http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aves_en_Cuba

The camera:
SONY DSC-HX1, 3456 x 2592 pixel, sRGB, 92mm tele-zoom (equivalent 460 mm at full size SLR), F/5, 1/800 sec., ISO-125, hand held, no flash. 17.02.2010, 11:28.

Postwork:
Photoshop CS4. Slightly cropped, levels slightly adjusted, downsized to web, selectively resharpened.

Thank you for visiting. Have a good weekend.

maurydv, uleko, Argus, jlinaresp, jeanpaul, anel, Noisette, ramthakur, pilonm, Alex99 has marked this note useful
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To Ingrid1: Greetings from Vienna to Tzaneen Dam, Limpopo,peter_stoeckl 2 07-13 18:48
To jlinaresp: ... a shame that there is that shadowpeter_stoeckl 1 05-06 03:16
To Alex99: ... busypeter_stoeckl 1 05-06 02:46
To ellis49: sunlight on the half of the headpeter_stoeckl 1 05-06 02:02
Animal Behaviouringridshaul 1 04-29 00:52
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Hello Peter,
congratulations, a new picture of a different "classe" from you; splendid capture of the West Indian Woodpecker, superb sharpness and bright colours, excellent POV and composition, an interesting picture on WS too.
TFS
Have a good weekend.
Ciao Maurizio

Hello Peter,
First of all let's say 'hi' or hallo :-).
Leuke foto van jezelf met camera gezien.
Alsook mooie foto van deze specht.
Pinar del Rio...ik geloof dat ik er lang geleden eens rum geproefd heb.
De groeten,
Annick

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-04-23 8:37]

Hello Peter,
Interesting to see a bird coming from your end this time and an excellent capture of a West Indian Woodpecker! Fantastic details and colours and Í like the way the light is just hitting the eye! A very fine composition too!
Many thanks and cheers, Ulla

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-04-23 8:40]

Hello Peter,
A superb capture of a West Indian Woodpecker. The pose and POV on the tree are great and the lighting just right and well managed to give a cath light in the eye as well as show its markings and colours against a pleasing blue sky.
A fine portrait of a species that I have not seen before.
Thanks and have a good weekend,
Ivan

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-04-23 8:41]

Hi Peter,our zoom work very well...eheh..beautiful composition,you manage perfectly the light in this difficult situation,great sharpness,colors and details...but i'm not lucky like you,the birds go away from me...ehehe.Thanks for share,have a nice weekend,LUCIANO.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-04-23 8:49]

Hi,
Very fine portrait of this lovely woodpecker against nice blue sky. tfs.
nagraj.v

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-04-23 9:03]

Hello Peter,
The best photo of a West Indian Woodpecker I've seen so far. Very beautiful colours, even in the shadow. Excellent sharpness and a very nice composition.
Have a great weekend,
Peter

hello Peter
wauwh this is a super picture ,with great details and good sharpness
very nice pose with good light and beautiful colours
greeting lou

Hello Peter,
This is an interesting bird, closely resembles the Melanerpes rubricapillus we have here in Venezuela. The photo has excellent ligth and with proper composition. It's a shame that there is that shadow, right in the bird's head, it reduces the shot's eloquence. However, it is a good job to show the species. Also very well note atached.
TFS, regards, Jesús

Hello Peter
great shot from the woodpecker. Great POV, framing, sharpness and exposure. Great details, natural colours and very nice bg. This is a very good composition.
Thank you for posting....JP

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-04-24 4:26]

Lieber Peter,
Ein für Dich ungewöhnliches Sujet,aber an der Grosszügigkeit des Bildes erkennt man Deine Handschrift. Für mich sind die Spechte unter den interessantesten und schönsten Vögel, Bunt-und Grünspecht sind auch bei uns zu Hause. Aber Deiner ist natürlich noch spezieller mit den gelblichen Federn auf dem Unterleib. Lustig, wie die Sonne einen Lichthalbkreis über den Kopf zaubert.. schön auch das Bild von der Sonnenseite. Ich sehe, dass Du mehrere Runden um den Baum gedreht hast :-)
Ein schönes Wochenende wünscht Dir
Anne

Hallo Peter
ein wonderschöner Fang, dieser Bahamaspecht hat so bezaubernde Farben, sie hatten Glûck so einen schönen Vogel zu sehen und so gut zu Fotografieren, sogar die details im Schatten sind perfect scharf,
Grüsse Jacqueline

Hi Peter,
It is wonderful to see your picture after a long time.
This Woodpecker you shot in Cuba is a handsome creature with a lovely plumage and that patch of red on the head.
Great picture with the blue sky as an apt BG for the subject.
Hope all is well with you.
Regards.
Ram

Hello Peter,
long time no see. I hope you are doing well.
You have captured a beautiful woodpecker in a very fine way.
I think you was a bit unlucky with the sunlight on the half of the head.The picture is well exposed with good sharpness and DOF.
I do like the pose of the bird.
Well done, my friend.

Regards
Gert

Hello Peter,

You make me laugh with that text:

"Trying to capture a West Indian Woodpecker walking up a palm tree can be a funny game. The bird will always be aware that at camera is pointing at it, and it will escape by just turning to the other side of the trunk. So you would end up going endless circles around the palm tree while the woodpecker would climb up the trunk in circles always turning away from you. Besides keeping you in good health there is another advantage in that game: You can enjoy different angles of light - there a woodpecker has turned to the sunny side of the trunk.
"

I imagine you easily turning around the palmtree in order to get a picture! :-)))))

Obviously you wan over the bird! But it is a pity that the light is cut in half on the head and eye. Maybe I would have use a flash here in order to bring light to the feathers. Nice pov and good focus despite your run arount the palmtree ;-) I like the way the woodpecker is sit on its tail! It looks very similar to the Hispaniolan woodpecker which is endemic to the Hispaniola island (Haiti + Dominican Republic).

Cheers and TFS,

Michel

Hi Peter,

I am browsing through your wonderful portfolio - and decided to comment on this photo as the reassuring tock-tock of a woodpecker is liked by everybody and their hard work admired.

In a recent wildlife program it was stated, that a woodpecker's brain has a special cushion to protect the animal from concussion!

I agree with Gert about the sun/shade on the face; but as you said in your notes, wildlife photography is a permanent adventure/decision-making of catching the object in an interesting position/activity in good light...

The great depth of field shows every detail of bird AND tree, making the image an interesting documentary.

I have ofter wondered, why some woodpeckers hammer away upright, whereas the other half are always upside down?!

Here in the NE of South Africa one sees seldom woodpeckers in palmtrees, only for tearing off bits of leaf for a nest...

There is not much of info about Cuba around - and I hope to see more material from your trip on trekNature.

Have a nice day
Kind regards
Ingrid

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2010-04-29 12:23]
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Hi, dear Peter.
Sorry, I am too busy and cannot visit TN almost at all. I think all year will be the same. I am very pleased with your kind comments and impressed with your new fantastic shots. This one is not about butterflies :). However, beautifulness of the subject and quality of the image are exceptional. Reproduction of three-dimensional space, sharpness and details, beautifulness of the colours are stunning. Bravo. Amazing picture taken at a very attractive POV. My applause.
Alexei.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-07-24 4:10]

Hello Peter,
nice view of this woodpecker. The pattern on the wings is so exciting. The diagonal by the tree trunk is so graphical.
A well captured with the blue sky as a good background.
The light hitting the part of the head make it so special and well effect on the composition.

Regards,
Foozi

Dear Peter, this little jewel is gorgeous, and I have added it to my theme "animals feeding" . Thanks for sharing and offering so much detail in your notes.

I like the pattern of the bark, contrasting with the deep blue sky. Unfortunately we were not able to visit Cuba, as the USA would not let us catch a plane there with our South Africa passports ( then under apartheid).

BTW, did you know that all woodpeckers have specially cushioned brains to avoid they get concussion. ( This is not an old women story but true evolution :-))
Gute Nacht. Und greetings from the Tzaneen Dam, Limpopo, South Africa
Ingrid

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