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Dendrocopos major
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Copyright: Roberto Colino (robertcolino) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 34 W: 0 N: 113] (1025)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2014-06-19
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon DSLR D200, Nikkor 400/3.5
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/125 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-09-25 13:09
Viewed: 1570
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The woodpecker is a bird that abounds in Galdames.
We were surprised to observe that not only feeds on insects but fruit. Already last year we saw feeding him apples "Cardinal" from our garden, but we were unable to document with a photograph. These apples ripen in August and September.
They also eat cherries. From before they are ripe, May to June they mature.
The behavior we have observed is: usually pluck a cherry peduncle and take it to a nearby innkeeper where inserted into a crack and bite to eat completely. Likewise, they can also eat whole and pecking at the tree itself if the provision Cherry permits. However, this latter behavior we have observed only in juveniles, which spend a long time picking cherry and looking as if they would not be comfortable. We think that with age acquire the skill to bring it to an innkeeper for pecking more effectively.
What is pecking and does not cherry finish. If not just bothered the whole.
The frequency of access to boot cherry fruit and eating it is between 10 and 20 minutes.
So the damage is not very important. Also not seen more than one copy at a time, alternating male and female. The busiest hours are early in the morning and afternoon and late afternoon.
El pico carpintero es una ave que abunda en Galdames.
Nos ha sorprendido el observar que no sólo se alimenta de insectos sino también de fruta. Ya el año pasado le observamos alimentándose de las manzanas "Cardinal" de nuestro huerto, aunque no pudimos documentarlo con una fotografía. Estas manzanas maduran en agosto y septiembre.
También se alimentan de cerezas. Desde antes de que estén maduras, en el mes de mayo y hasta junio que maduran.
El proceder que hemos observado es el siguiente: habitualmente arrancan una cereza del pedúnculo y se la llevan a un posadero cercano donde la insertan en una grieta y la pican hasta comerla completamente. Así mismo, también pueden picotearla y comerla entera en el propio árbol si es que la disposición de la cereza se lo permite. No obstante este último comportamiento lo hemos observado sólo en ejemplares jóvenes, los cuales se pasan largo tiempo picoteando la cereza y mirándola como si no estarían a gusto. Pensamos que con la edad adquieren la destreza de llevarla a un posadero para picotearla con mayor eficacia.
Lo que no hace es picotear y no acabar la cereza. Si no es molestado la acaba entera.
La frecuencia de acceso al cerezo para arrancar un fruto y comerlo es de entre 10 y 20 minutos.
Por lo tanto los daños no son muy importantes. Además no se observan más de un ejemplar a la vez, alternándose el macho y la hembra. Las horas de mayor actividad son a primera hora de la mañana y de la tarde y a última hora de la tarde.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2014-09-25 13:20]

Hello Roberto,
Very nice close photo of this Great Spotted Woodpecker in beautiful light. Splendid clear natural colours and excellent sharpness. Frequently it's an active bird in my garden too.

Hello Roberto,
This Great Spotted Woodpecker looks lively and most active and quite observant of your presence; it has not quite made "EYE-CONTACT".
Great focusing job.
We have a lot of different type of woodpeckers around our property; they have punched holes to nest on our most healthy trees; sometimes we consider them as "PESTS".
But we accept them as our friends.
Mario from Canada.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2014-09-25 19:04]

Hello Roberto,
I see your lovely Great Spotted Woodpecker likes cherries. It is always nice to view a bird eating from within it's natural habitat like this. Excellent focus and perfectly exposed while colors are rich yet natural.
With it's long bill it actually reminds me of our Hairy Woodpeckers we have here in Ohio. Well done!!

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2014-09-26 4:33]

Hi Roberto,very nice capture of this woodpecker eating cherries,an excellent pic despite the difficult location,great detail and bright colors.Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano

hallo Roberto
super good composition with many details
colours are beautiful to
thanks gr lou

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