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Copyright: Marius Secan (marius-secan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2007 W: 0 N: 5412] (29598)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2014-12-21
Categories: Birds
Camera: NIKON D810, Nikon 300mm f/4D IF-ED AF-S + 1,4TC II
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/2000 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-12-26 11:32
Viewed: 1003
Points: 16
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The Middle Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos medius) is a European woodpecker belonging to the genus Dendrocopos.

The Middle Spotted Woodpecker is 20-22 cm long and has plumage similar to the Great Spotted Woodpecker. As with that species the upperparts are predominantly black with white oval wing patches and white barring on the wings, and the underparts are white. The main differences are a red crown, lack of a black moustachial stripe, a pink vent, and dark streaks on the flanks.Although only slightly smaller than the Great Spotted Woodpecker, it appears smaller due to its short, slender bill and more rounded, pale head. It can also be confused with the Syrian Woodpecker (particularly juveniles), being distinguished from this by the smaller bill, and the red crown not having narrow black sides.

The Middle Spotted Woodpecker occurs only in Europe and southwest Asia, from northern Spain and France east to Poland and Ukraine, and south to central Italy (where local), the Balkan Peninsula, Lithuania, Latvia, Turkey and the Caucasus. This species used to breed in Sweden but became extinct in the 80's. However, Middle Spotted Woodpeckers have been seen in Sweden in appropriate breeding habitats after the extinction. Due to its sedentary nature it has never been recorded in Great Britain. It prefers deciduous forest regions, especially areas with old oak, hornbeam and elm, and a patchwork of clearings, pasture and dense woodland.

Behaviourally it likes to feed high in the trees, moving constantly and making a good view difficult. In the breeding season it excavates a nest hole about 5cm wide in a decaying tree trunk or thick branch. It lays four to seven eggs and incubates for 11-14 days.

The Middle Spotted Woodpecker lives predominantly on a diet of insects as well as their larvae, which it finds by picking them from branches and twigs rather than hacking them from beneath the bark. It will also feed on tree sap. It is rarely heard drumming, and never for territorial purposes, which it asserts by song; a slow,nasal gvayk gvayk gvayk gvayk gvayk. Calls include a fast kik kekekekek.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2014-12-26 13:34]

Hi Marius,every day better,this is an another big and great masterwork! What a perspective and what a magic light so well exposed,magnificent woodpecker,there a lot of woodpeckers in my forest too but i never seen one..ehhee...have a nice weekend and thanks for this new great beauty! Luciano

Hello Marius

Excellent capture of the Middle Spotted Woodpecker in action,
fine POV and framing with the lateral light giving the play of
shadow and light with the tree bark and with its plumage, TFS


Hello Marius - Excellent light and details of this Woodpecker. Very well captured. I like its composition, as well as splendid BG. Great work. Thanks for sharing. Regards and have a nice WE - Srikumar

Hello Marius,
Hope you are doing fine. This lovely little woodpecker has been caught by you in an ideal posture on the tree trunk. The focus and sharpness of the image is amazing as are the colours.Thanks a lot for sharing yet another quality shot, take care,
warm regards/Abid

hallo Marius
super good post to show us
great details and beautiful colours
thanks gr lou

Hello Marius. Very difficult shot because this bird is hard to find.

GREAT CAPTURE of this woodpecker in perfect pose on the tree bulk.Great details and color of both the perch and the bird.

Ciao Marius, great capture of beautiful woodpecker in action, wonderful colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, I wish for you and your family a fantastic 2015, Happy New Year, ciao Silvio

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