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Syrian Woodpecker

Syrian Woodpecker
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Copyright: Alan Kolnik (Alan_Kolnik) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 236 W: 38 N: 343] (2616)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-08-03
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D7000, Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 G ED AF-S VR
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/100 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-08-19 18:42
Viewed: 1966
Points: 2
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As identified by Tom Conzemius in my previous post this is a Syrian Woodpecker spotted in Israel.

Unfortunately no time to change lenses or adjust exposures.

Syrian Woodpecker

The woodpecker is a resident breeding bird from southeastern Europe east to Iran. Its range has expanded further northwest into Europe in recent years. It is an inhabitant of open woodlands, cultivation with trees and scrubs, and parks, depending for food and nesting sites upon old trees. It is often an inconspicuous bird, in spite of the plumage. The large white shoulder patch is a feature that catches the eye.

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Critters can be destructive. Similar Colaptes sp. use to drill holes in our house! Kind of out of focus. I learned with my 80-400mm, that I had to shoot on relatively open F stops (as you have) and step up the ISO so that my SS is at least 1/1000. With the magnification of a long lens, any movement at speeds under 1/250 will likely be out of focus/blurred. I shoot almost exclusively on aperture priority. It is a balancing act of ISO, SS, and best aperture to get DOF and a tac sharp image. ISO can be quite high with the D7000 and still avoid noise (but keep as low as possible, yet get the right light, and stop whatever action you have with a moving subject. TFS.


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