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Male Hairy woodpecker

Male Hairy woodpecker
Photo Information
Copyright: Michel Pilon (pilonm) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 588 W: 90 N: 975] (3321)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-12-29
Categories: Birds
Camera: Panasonic DMC FZ - 20 LUMIX, Leica 36-432mm
Exposure: f/4, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2007-03-30 7:56
Viewed: 3940
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

Winter is leaving those days is Quebec... But this hairy woodpecker I photographied sooner this year will stay with us during the following summer at our great pleasure...

Comments on the picture?

Thank you,



Cool facts

- The Hairy Woodpecker shows a great deal of morphological variation across its broad range, with more than 17 recognized subspecies. Northern birds tend to be larger than those farther south. Western birds are dark underneath and have few spots on the wings, while eastern birds are white underneath and have extensive spotting. Hairies in the Rocky Mountains are white below, but have few spots on their wings. Populations on islands often are distinctive.

- Across most of North America the Hairy Woodpecker can be found at a variety of elevations from sea level to high in the mountains. In Central America, it is restricted to the higher mountain forests.

- The Hairy and Downy woodpeckers occur together throughout most of their ranges. The Downy Woodpecker uses smaller branches while the Hairy Woodpecker tends to spend more time on the trunk. It might be thought that the larger woodpecker excludes the smaller one from more productive foraging spots, but it appears that just the reverse is true. In the Bahamas, where the Downy Woodpecker does not occur, the Hairy Woodpecker uses the branches more frequently.

- The Hairy Woodpecker is attracted to the heavy blows a Pileated Woodpecker makes when it is excavating a tree. The hairy forages in close association with the larger woodpecker, pecking in the deep excavations and taking insects that the pileated missed.

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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To aido: You're right!!!pilonm 1 04-01 10:20
To jeanpaul: Pas une femelle mais un mâle...pilonm 1 03-30 12:05
To methos: Great Workshop!pilonm 1 03-30 09:58
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Salut Michel,
C'est une belle capture de ce beau Pic mâle. Ils sont petits et en photo ils paraissent géants :) L'exposition est superbe ainsi que les détails et la prise de vue. Un autre BG aurait été mieux mais on ne choisis vraiment pas l'endroit où ils ont se poser, n'est-pas? :) Merci de partager cette belle photo,

Hi Michel,
Nice pose, details and composition. Cool note ;).
I tried a WS.
TFS and hope you do not mind.

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  • delic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 440 W: 6 N: 310] (898)
  • [2007-03-30 8:38]

Excellent capture, Michel. Perfect woodpecker pose in a good composition. The improvements in the WS are nice to have. Informative note, too.
Best wishes,

Bonjour Michel
Belle composition avec ce beau pic chevelu femelle, les détails sont nettes.
Bonne capture avec des couleurs justes !
Merci et a bientôt...JP

good bird pose nice colors good DOF but i'd sharpen the bird just a bit.

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2007-03-30 10:37]

Hi michel,

a great capture,well captured and composed with the difficult light,well done and tfs


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-03-30 11:50]

Hi Michel,

Wonderful woodpecker in a really nice pose. Colors and details are beautiful.


Beautiful farewell to winter, Michel.
Lively pose, clear details, impressive backlight.
Nice to see the red cap standimg out in that all black and white composition. Increased contrast as suggested by Catalin (methos) has further improved the impact.
Thank you! With best regards,

We get to see a lot of pictures of this species of Woodpecker from our Canadian friends, Michel.
Your picture of it is excellent in every respect.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-03-30 18:27]

Salut Michel,
wondeful capture of this woodpecker. Great colors and wonderful light. The blurred background lets the main subject stand out perfecly.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-03-31 6:42]

Hi Michel.
Clearness, sharpness and details of the bird and tree impress the imagination. Great lighting and colours, amazing POV, excellent selection of the DOF and perfect composition. I also like your excellent written note. My compliments and TFS.

hi michel,
very impressive shot, liked the composition, colours, details, very much, nice framing,
tfs & regards

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2007-04-01 10:31]
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Hi Michel,
Lovely image, great detail and nicely framed with the tree trunk vertical. I think the contrast is a little weak but I don't like the workshop, the contrast in that is too strong and it has produced a blueish colour cast. I think the change needed is really quite small. It's a very good capture and one of my favourite birds :-)
Best regards,

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  • ridvan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
  • [2007-04-11 16:50]

selam michel; You managed to capture a very nice close-up shot. I like it perfect composition, amazing magnification ratio and excellent sharpness of the bird image
well done regards

Hello Michel,
Perfect exposure and focus that bring perfect sharpness, real colour and details on your excellent captured here
thanks for sharing

Bonsoir Michel,

Une belle image de ce pic bois qui cherche des insectes, la photo a une bonne composition, netteté et de jolies couleurs. Bonne soirée.


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  • hains Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 21 W: 0 N: 12] (959)
  • [2008-12-16 7:17]

Salut Michel

Pret a piqué l`arbre, on croiraient l`entendre. Bon zoom capturant le mouvement.


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