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Greater Spotted Woodpecker

Greater Spotted Woodpecker
Photo Information
Copyright: David Robinson (daveeho) Silver Note Writer [C: 1 W: 0 N: 16] (141)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-05
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 1D Mark II, 100-400L is
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-03-12 1:08
Viewed: 3780
Points: 12
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Latin name
Dendrocopos major
Wrynecks and woodpeckers (Picidae)
About blackbird-sized and striking black-and-white. It has a very distinctive bouncing flight and spends most of its time clinging to tree trunks and branches, often trying to hide on the side away from the observer. Its presence is often announced by its loud call or by its distinctive spring 'drumming' display. The male has a distinctive red patch on the back of the head and young birds have a red crown.
Where to see them
Woodlands, especially with mature broad-leaved trees, although mature conifers will support them. Also in parks and large gardens. Will come to peanut feeders and birdtables. Not found in Ireland or the far N and S of Scotland. Most common in England and Wales.
When to see them
All year round.
What they eat
Insects, seeds and nuts.
Estimated numbers
Europe UK breeding* UK wintering* UK passage*
- 37-44,000 pairs

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Hi David
This is a stunning photo. Your composition is spot on and the detail and colours are superb.TFS.

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-03-12 2:51]

Hi Dave,
excellent composition and perfect DOF, really lie the colours and you've also got some fine detail - first class.

Hi David

Great shot of this woopecker. Excellent sharpness and good saturation. Well composed with good background.


Hi David,
a fine picture of the male GS Woodpecker, the colours are
natural and very nice.
Sharp with fine details and with good composition.
Well done.

This is superb, David!
It is a really sharp image, good details of the woodpecker and the tree trunk! I particularly like how its feet are grasping hold of the tree!
Nice composition!

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

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  • rdfoto Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 372 W: 0 N: 719] (3295)
  • [2008-03-12 14:29]

Bonjour David
Très belle prise, excellente netteté et couleurs, très beau sujet, bien cadré et commenté.
Amicalement Robi

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