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Northern Flicker

Northern Flicker
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Copyright: Donald Lapointe (hibou) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 217 W: 1 N: 331] (1629)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-01-22
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D100, Sigma 50-500 F/4-6.3 EX HSM
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/1250 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-09-10 17:56
Viewed: 4331
Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
You could see this picture in my identification guide
Initiation aux oiseaux du Québec par la couleur
The Northern Flicker is a bird of open areas and forest edges wherever open ground is available. This species is also known as the Common Flicker, Yellow-shafted Flicker (Eastern morph), and Red-shafted Flicker (Western morph). The closely related Gilded Flicker occurs in the American Southwest, Northwestern Mexico and Baha California. Hybrids occur where Flicker ranges overlap.
Unlike most species of woodpeckers, Flickers forage mostly on the ground, consuming ants, termites, caterpillars, crickets, grasshoppers, other insects, spiders, berries, seeds, and nuts (Winkler et al. 1995). They readily come to feeders for seeds and suet.
The spectacular underside of the Yellow-shafted Flicker makes it easy to see how this bird got its name. The condition and shape of the tail feathers are useful for determining the age of the Flicker. These shown are of an adult bird.

The Flicker is about 13 inches long with a wingspan of 18 to 21 inches. Weights range from 4 to 6 ounces.

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bonjour Donald

malgré que l'on ne vois pas bien sa tête,
belle image du Pic flamboyant entrain de nettoyer
ses ailes ou son plumage, j'aimes la couleur jaune
par l'intérieur des rémiges, excellent POV, DOf et cadrage,
belles lu,imosité et couleurs, TFS


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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-09-20 14:31]

Bonjour Donald! Bien vu et bien saisi! J'aime bien la pose, il nous montre ses plumes. C'est net et bien éclairé. Bravo, merci!


Bonsoir Donald,
C'est vraiment spécial comme photo! Ils sont tellement plein de couleurs et cette prise le démontre bien. Le timing était excellent; bravo! J'en ai un qui me visite souvent en ce moment mais il est très timide devant la caméra et je n'ai jamais réussi à faire ce genre de photo. Merci,

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