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great spotted woodpecker

great spotted woodpecker
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Copyright: nuri senemek (senn) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 58 W: 2 N: 155] (1384)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-05-02
Categories: Birds
Camera: Pentax K-5 IIs, SIGMA 500mm f/4,5 APO DG EX
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/800 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-05-28 23:49
Viewed: 2865
Points: 48
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Great Spotted Woodpecker is 23–26 centimetres (9.1–10 in) long, with a 38–44 centimetres (15–17 in) wingspan. The upperparts are glossy black, with white on the sides of the face and neck. A black line zigzags from the shoulder halfway across the breast (in some subspecies nearly meeting in the center), then back to the nape; a black stripe, extending from the bill, runs below the eye to meet this latter part of the zigzag line. On the shoulder is a large white patch and the flight feathers are barred with black and white. The three outer tail feathers are barred; these show when the short stiff tail is outspread, acting as a support in climbing. The underparts are dull white, the abdomen and undertail coverts crimson. The bill is slate black and the legs greenish grey.
Males have a crimson spot on the nape, which is absent in females and juvenile birds. In the latter, the top of the head is crimson between the bill and the center of the crown instead.
Despite its contrasting plumage, the Great Spotted Woodpecker is often an inconspicuous bird. The large white shoulder patch is the feature that most easily catches the eye. When hidden by the foliage, its presence is often advertised by the mechanical drumming, a vibrating rattle, produced by the rapidly repeated blows of its strong bill upon a trunk or branch. The drumming of this species is shorter than that of the Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, and fades away at the end. It is audible from a great distance, depending on the wind and the condition of the wood, a hollow bough naturally producing a louder note than living wood. The call is a sharp kik, kik.
The Great Spotted Woodpecker has several living subspecies. The paleosubspecies D. m. submajor lived during the Middle Pleistocene Riss glaciation (250,000 to 300,000 years ago); it was found in Europe south of the ice sheet. It is sometimes treated as a distinct species, but did not differ from the living Great Spotted Woodpecker of Europe except in size; the European subspecies of our time are probably its direct descendants.


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Fantastic photo Nuri! The pose, the composition, the colours and the sharpness are excellent!!

Hallo Nuri
This is a great image filled with lots of beautiful bright colours and details of this Great Spotted Woodpecker seen with great clarity. Ideal point of view, pleasant composition and great green background to emphasize the colours and details in the image to the best. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2013-05-29 0:23]

Bonjour Nuri,
Une belle "capture"! Magnifique comme tu montres ce pic accroché au tronc dans une attitude très caractéristique. Belle netteté et des couleurs vives. Etait-il un visiteur de ton jardin?
Bonne journée

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2013-05-29 0:57]

Hello Nuri,
Excellent close photo of this Great Spotted Woodpecker in very beautiful natural colours and superb sharpness and details. Attractive pose and a very nice POV and composition.

hallo Nuri
great shot with good details nice light and beautiful colours
thanks greeting lou

Hello Nuri
Fantastic capture of this woodpecker.Great pose and perfect composition,wonderful colours and light and impressive sharpness.Thank You.
Have a good day!
Best regards

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  • Tina Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 60 W: 0 N: 132] (1427)
  • [2013-05-29 5:16]

Hello Nuri,
Great capture ! Lovely composition , colors and details ! Excellent POV ! TFS Tina

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2013-05-29 8:51]

Hi Nuri,
Perfect capture of this woodpecker. Excellent detail and focus. Amazing colors with nice blurred background.
Regards Jiri.

Bonjour Nuri,
Agréable publication valorisant bien le sujet dans une belle lumière et sous une bonne profondeur de champ.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-05-29 13:01]

Hi Nuri,absolutely beautiful! What a capture of this woodpecker in a nice pose and so close,the plumage details are fantastics,great exposure and a very bright red despite the difficult light.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Hello Nuri
Fantastic capture of this woodpecker. The plumage details are fantastics,great exposure. HYde?
Thanks. Robert

Hello Nuri,
Excellent photograph of Great Spotted Woodpecker, excellent sharpness and details, excellent composition, excellent background and lighting.
Thanks for sharing,

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  • Cobo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 236 W: 1 N: 535] (5799)
  • [2013-05-30 0:21]

Great picture Nuri! Great detail, composition, light, color and super deep of field. congratulation. Saludos.

Excellent image with sharp focus, natural colors and a wonderful composition.


Ciao Nuri, great capture of lovely bird in nice pose, fine details, wonderful natural colors and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2013-06-02 19:29]

Hello Nuri,
Outstanding image of this very beautiful Great Spotted Woodpecker. Tac sharp focus and gorgeous natural colors. White balance looks perfect while exposure is right on the money. Great work!!

Great capture. fantastic.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2013-06-04 13:33]

Hello Nuri.
This is a very pretty bird. Lovely colours, nicely composed, well focused and great POV. Nice work.Regards Siggi

Hello Nuri,
Very nice image of my favorite species of birds. This superb bird is growing also in my country. I like this interesting scene with the green background. The colors are amazing.....Sorry, my point giving power is exhausted today. Thanks for visiting my gallery.....
Thanks for sharing!

hi nuri,
nice composition.

kind regards,
Mehran Jahangiri.

Ciao Nuri. The best details as possible. Wonderful colours. Great POV.


Bonsoir Nuri,

L'arbre aide au cadrage de l'oiseau. La prise de vue permet de voir les détails et les couleurs du Pic épeiche. L'image est claire et précise. La bonne luminosité rehausse les couleurs de l'image. Bonne soirée.


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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2013-11-03 1:14]

Hello Nuri
this is really a lovely bird in it natural surroundings. You enhance it with hazy green surrounding that offer a great attraction and beauty.
The details and sharpness is top class. Very well presented nature shot.


Hi Nuri
Great image filled with beautiful colours.

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2014-06-07 6:20]

Nuri bey selamlar,
Ağacın bu kısmı, yuva yapmak için uygun olabilir mi .?
Keskin detay ve canlı renkleri ile çok güzel yakalanmış kompozisyon.
İyi bir hafta sonu dileklerimle,

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