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A breather
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Copyright: Adrian Rusu (roges) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-04-04
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/4, 1/200 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-04-13 1:39
Viewed: 4220
Points: 74
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Dear colleagues and friends back today after a short pause for a few days.

This time I want to present a small woodpeckers.

Thank you for your time watching and commenting.

Have a wonderful day everyone,

The woodpeckers,
piculets and wrynecks are a family, Picidae, of near-passerine birds. Members of this family are found worldwide, except for Australia and New Zealand, Madagascar, and the extreme polar regions. Most species live in forests or woodland habitats, although a few species are known to live in treeless areas such as rocky hillsides and deserts.

The Picidae are just one of the eight living families in the order Piciformes. Members of the order Piciformes, such as the jacamars, puffbirds, barbets, toucans and honeyguides, have traditionally been thought to be very closely related to the woodpeckers, piculets and wrynecks. More recently, DNA sequence analyses have confirmed this view.

There are about 200 species and about 30 genera in this family. Many species are threatened or endangered due to loss of habitat or habitat fragmentation. Two species of woodpeckers, the Ivory-billed Woodpecker and the Imperial Woodpecker, have been considered extinct for about 30 years.

The smallest woodpecker is the Bar-breasted Piculet, at 7 g and 8 cm (3 1/4 inches). The largest woodpecker was the Imperial Woodpecker, at an average of 58 cm (23 inches) and probably over 600 g (1.3 lb). The Ivory-billed Woodpecker is (or was) slightly smaller at 50 cm (20 inches) and a weight of 500 g (1.1 lb). If both the Ivory-billed and Imperial Woodpeckers are indeed extinct, the largest extant woodpecker is the Great Slaty Woodpecker of Southeast Asia, at about 50 cm (20 inches) and 450 g (1 lb). A number of species exhibit sexual dimorphism in size, bill length and weight. In the piculets it is often the females that are larger, amongst the woodpeckers that show sexual dimorphism it is usually the males that are larger.

Most species possess predominantly white, black and brown, green and red plumage, although many piculets show a certain amount of grey and olive green. In woodpeckers, many species exhibit patches of red and yellow on their heads and bellies, and these bright areas are important in signalling. The dark areas of plumage are often iridescent. Although the sexes of Picidae species tend to look alike, many woodpecker species have more prominent red or yellow head markings in males than in females.

The woodpeckers have a mostly cosmopolitan distribution, although they are absent from Australasia, Madagascar and Antarctica. They are also absent from the world's oceanic islands, although many insular species are found on continental islands. The true woodpeckers, subfamily Picinae, are distributed across the entire range of the woodpeckers. The Picumninae piculets have a pantropical distribution, with species in Southeast Asia, Africa and the Neotropics, with South America holding the majority of piculet species. The second piculet subfamily, Nesoctitinae, has a single species, the Antillean Piculet, which is restricted to the Caribbean island of Hispaniola. The wrynecks (Jynginae) have an exclusively Old World distribution, with the two species occurring in Europe, Asia and Africa.

Overall the woodpeckers are arboreal birds of wooded habitats. They reach their greatest diversity in tropical rainforests, but occur in almost all suitable habitats including woodlands, savannahs, scrublands, bamboo forests. Even grasslands and deserts have been colonised by various species. These habitats are more easily occupied where a small number of trees exist, or, in the case of desert species like the Gila Woodpecker, tall cacti are available for nesting in. A number of species are adapted to spending a portion of their time feeding on the ground, and a very small minority of species have abandoned trees entirely and nest in holes in the ground. The Ground Woodpecker is one such species, inhabiting the rocky and grassy hills of South Africa.

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Hi Adrian,

Lovely capture of this cute woodpecker in it typical pose from nice POV with flawless details, good DOF and delightfull composition.
TFS and have a nice day MF!


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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2010-04-13 2:33]

Hi Adrian,
Woodpecker cute ...
Soft lights, fine used. Very nice color and detail.
Best wishes,

Hi Adrian,

Lovely picture of this woodpecker.
The pose you have captured him in is good. The detail is excellent along with the colours.
Great capture and TFS


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-04-13 3:28]

Hello Adrian,
Beautiful photo of this woodpecker. Good sharpness, details and DOF. Taken from a fine POV.

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-04-13 4:28]

Buna Adrian,
O captura minunata despre acest exemplar de Ciocanitoare pestrita mare, Dendrocopus major! Sexul nu pot sa-ti precizezi, dar daca ceafa era de culoare rosie, atunci era mascul. felicitari!

Ciao Adrian. Molto difficile da catturare questa specie. Nonostante la poca luce colori risaltano bene. Ottimo dettaglio. Complimenti!


Hello Roger,
I don't thinks this a small woodpecker, it looks like a Greater Spotted Woodpecker.
It's well taken in a dull but nice light,
The picture is rather well composed with a good POV.
Well done.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-04-13 5:33]

Lieber Adrian,
Dass Du eine andere Kamera zu Verfügung hattest, sieht man hier sehr schnell! Ein sehr feines Buntspechtbild, dass Du Dir in den Wienerwäldern geholt hast. Schöner Bildaufbau, ein sehr gefälliger Hintergrund, viel Atmosphäre. Bravo und liebe Grüsse auch an Chrissy.
Alles Gute

Ciao Adrian, lovely bird in nice pose against a splendid blurry BG, wonderful natural colors, fine details and excellent sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Hi Adrian,
Very nice color and detail,a beautiful bird
Best wishes,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-04-13 8:03]

Hi Adrian,great capture and beautiful composition in this difficult light,great sharpness and colors too.Thanks for share,you was lucly to meet the woodpecher so close to you! Have a nice time,Luciano

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2010-04-13 8:33]

Hello Adrian,

The woodpecker in a lovely pose along the tree.
Soft and pleasant for look at
Very nice presentation. TFS.

Best regards,

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2010-04-13 9:14]

Hola Adrian.
Muy bella la foto de este pequeño "Pajaro Carpintero" Sorprende la iluminacion y los clores del plumaje. La pose le da mas valor a la imagen.
Intresante la nota escrita.
Saludos Adrian.

O captura de exceptie aceasta ciocanitoare in plina actiune.
Detaliile si culorile sunt perfecte!
Felicitari pentru aceasta frumusete de pasare!

Sunt curios ce fel de lentila ai folosit pentru aceasta faina ciocanitoare!
Sunt tentat de asemenea capturi si vreau detalii!

Hi Adrian,

A lovely composed shot of the Woodpecker. Good focus, colours and POV, a very nice oof background.

Thanks for sharing, regards Bill

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-04-13 12:32]

Hello Adrian,
A fine capture of a female Greater Spotted Woodpecker. The semi-frontal POV shows her features with fine sharpness and colours against a pleasing neutral BG.
Thanks and best wishes,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-04-13 12:36]

Hello Adrian.
Lovely portrait of this woodpecker.
The exposure is just right and the details are very sharp. Great POV and composition. TFS.
Best regards Siggi

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2010-04-13 14:01]

Hello Adrian! That's a beauty my friend! A fine bird very well captured by you. Great exposure and focus. Very well done, thanks!


Hallo Adrian
Guter Fang ! dieser Vogel ist wunderschön abgenommen mit super einzelne details
an seinem schönen Gefieder,
Mir gefällt der Sichtpunkt und seine Pose
Ein Herrliches Bild !
Grüsse Jacqueline

Hello Adrian,
excellent photo, great contrast and sharpness.
Extraordinary colors and POV
Congratulations and thanks for sharing
Hello Vanni

Hi Adrian,
Special applause for this beatifull background MF! it's impressive, homogeneus, neat, very good contrasting! It make that bird seem painted by hand over background. Also the bird is a powerful lesson of focus work and professional eye to select the POV! Very good shot Adrian! TFS, Regards, Jesús

Hello Adrian
great capture of a lady Greater Spotted Woodpecker with great sharp focus and great POV/DOF. superb colors and exposure. nicely composed. thanks for sharing. well done
have a goog night

Buna Adrian,
Imi place imaginea pasarii surprinsa in plina actiune cu focus bun si culori naturale.
Numai bine,

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2010-04-14 13:50]

Hi Adrian,
Very nice shot of this lovely bird with excellent sharpness and taken from great POV.Nice colors and perfect composition.TFS.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2010-04-14 16:59]

Hi Adrian,

Wow - a fantastic shot of this Woodpecker. Wonderful pose, beautiful colors, sharp details all add up to a great picture. He looks just marvelous against the blurred background. A lovely vertical composition.


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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-04-15 5:15]

Hi Adrian,
this capture is indeed very stunning. Excellent sharpness and the simple bokeh make it so wonderful. clean and very neat view indeed.
the texture of the tree bark is very beautiful too.
Well done


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  • danar Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 57 W: 0 N: 17] (273)
  • [2010-04-15 13:26]

Buna Adrian Iulian .

SUPER ... claritate PERFECTA .
Arata frumos penajul ciocanitoarei pe aceasta ramura .
Felicitari ! eram sigura ca ai sa vi cu noutati frumoase .:)
Zi faina si tie , ... si bine ai venit dupa o ' scurta-lunga ' vacanta . ;)

Bonjour Adiran,

Bravo pour cette splendide verticale.
L'oiseau est merveilleux.
Un pivert avec un joli costume de plumes colorées.
Superbe image. Merci pour le partage.
Bon week-end. Amicalement.

Chiar daca nu este "buclucasa",ca si Woody,ciocanitoarea ta arata foarte interesant,muncind sa curete copacii.Imi place poza.
O zi buna.Alin.

Hi Adrian,

An excellent macro.
Very impressive detail and vibrant hues.
Light, very successful, perspective and clarity.
Thanks for sharing.


hello Adrian

excellent photo of this woodpecker with fine POV and appropriate framing,
superbly focused with excellent sharpness and details, beautiful eye-contact,



Bonsoir Adrian,

L'arbre cadre bien le pic bois. Le floue de l'arrièr-plan met en évidence l'oiseau. La prise de vue permet de distinguer les détails et les couleurs du pic bois. La lumière de l'après-midi met en valeur les couleurs de l'image. bonne soirée.


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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 338 W: 25 N: 754] (3673)
  • [2010-04-22 4:27]

Ciao Adrian!
Excellent capture of this nice, colorful bird.
The image is sharp. we can see the details very well. Very good POV and DOF.
Ciao! vanda :)

Ciao Adrian,
splendida cattura di questo bellissimo Picchio, ottima definizione e magnifici colori, la posa classica in un'ambientazione fantastica.
Grazie e complimenti
Ciao Maurizio

Bonjour Adrian
Belle position, et bonne restitution de couleurs.
Bravo et merci

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2010-11-03 23:01]

Hi Adrian.
I also am not frequent visitor now and I have missed many your wonderful shots. I like the shot so much. Despite the poor light condition you managed to take colourful shot with plenty nice details. BG is simply amazing. It looks like expensive silk. Well done and TFS.

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