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Downy Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker
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Copyright: jeanpaul Bolduc (jeanpaul) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2097 W: 99 N: 3518] (14962)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-04-17
Categories: Birds
Camera: Kodak DX6490, 52.6mm
Exposure: f/3.7, 1/56 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-04-18 19:32
Viewed: 3296
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
Minor peak - Picoides pubescens - Downy Woodpecker smallest of peak-wood!
White back, nozzle shorter than the longueurr of the head, mottled black wings of white, only stains red behind the head for the male, black tail with white feathers on each side mottled of black.
It is most common and the least savage of our peaks.
It attends the stations of food daily where one presents seeds and tallow to him.
It does not have any specific preference, it excavates all the types of mangers and picore all the types of seeds.

The minor peak does not migrate, it is resident all the year!
It is found everywhere or there are trees, forests, parks, orchards, city, banlieu and countryside.
It is very curious, it seeks the origin of a noise instead of running away itself like the other birds, it climbs then in the tree.
It plays several instruments: connect digs, shingles of roofs, post of telephone, sheet roof and metal turn.

In winter, it seeks the company of the titmouses and of sitelles, together they débarassent the trees of their parasites.

They is manufacturers of apartments for theblue ones and troglodytes; it makes a nest each spring, another to spend the winter to the heat and others as the need is felt...
The male tambourine to express its love with his/her future partner!
Together, they dig their nest with the lower face of a branch.
The female lays 4 to 6 white eggs there that both will brood in turn.
The small ones are nourished by pulp regurgitation of insects.
Brooded raised, the family disperses all the end of the summer, each peak carrying out an independent life.

SkyF, scottevers7, pilonm, wkshelton, Dando, greghume, loot, marhowie, Luis52, Robespierre, saguzar, PDP, Luc has marked this note useful
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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-04-18 19:38]

this is beautiful, the details and sharpness are amazing. A lovely composition.

Hi Jeanpaul,
Another excellent shot on this Downy Woodpecker. This has amazing colors, and very sharp detail. Very nice work!

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-04-18 21:30]
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Excellente prise JP,

Félicitations pour les détails et la pose particulière de l'oiseau. J'aime bien l'exposition et les couleurs justes et réelles.



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  • pilonm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 588 W: 90 N: 975] (3321)
  • [2006-04-18 22:01]
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Bonjour Jean-Paul,

Superbe photo d'un Pic Mineur mâle! Tout est parfait! Le background, le pov, le dof, les couleurs, etc... On voit bien aussi les petits poils à la basse du bec que les anglophones caractérisent par "downy".

Félicitations et TFS!


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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2006-04-19 3:17]

Hi Jean paul,

A good shot of this small woody,very sharp and detailed,well seen and captured,TFS,


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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-04-19 4:09]
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Salut Jean-Paul,
My favourite bird again! Lovely shot, beautiful detail and colour, and excellent flash control. I like the format but I might have been tempted to crop a little from the left, just to de-centralise the bird. That's just my preference though, a lovely shot.

Hi Jean and paul,Great photo again,excellent POV, DOF, bg colors are will balanced, Excellent work. TFS Kyle

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  • Dando Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 637 W: 32 N: 792] (3084)
  • [2006-04-19 16:13]

Hi Jeanpaul, great shot with excellent detail, colours and sharpness. TFS.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2006-04-19 22:04]

J'aime beaucoup ce Pic il est bien photographié dans son milieu naturel. C'est clair et net. Bravo et merci.


Hello JeanPaul
Sharp, clear, well composed and nicely saturated. The flash did a great job bringing out contrast and detail.

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  • jchemas Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 553 W: 30 N: 749] (3396)
  • [2006-04-19 22:56]
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Great shot this one JeanPaul.
Excellent colors and superb details.
Like the composition very much and has a good POV and BG.

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2006-04-19 22:58]
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Hi JeanPaul
Excellent capture of this beautiful little peak. Looking at the amount of bark that has been stripped from the tree it seems like this guy was rather busy.
I like your composition, although it would be nice to see a little less cropping on the top and bottom (only my opinion). The colours are stunning and the DOF is great showing nice sharp details. The BG and the exposure are also very good.
Well done and TFS.

Such a nice woodpecker. Good POV and colors. Very well captured in its natural settings. Thanks for sharing.

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 751 W: 31 N: 20] (5100)
  • [2006-04-20 6:34]

Hi J.P.,
good shot as previous. I like the colours and sharp. Well done and good captured a bird.
Rgs, Aleksander

Hi Jeanpaul,
Very well done again, with excellent sharpness, exposure, detail and colors..
Not sure about the wide frame though..
Very well done.

Hello Jeanpaul,
Great shot! The quality is really good here. I like the POV too, I just think vertical framing would've been much better here.
Overall, very well done on this one!

Wow! great capture,he looks very inquisitive little bird.
Excellent colour and detail...I also like the texture on the barks...
Well done.

Bonjour Jean-Paul

Très belle price de ce pic mineur.

Où je demeure, il y a un parc régional ou les mésanges et les citelles viennent régulièrement manger dans nos mains. À l'occasion, un pic mineur vient nous prendre quelques graines. Il c'est même posé sur mon épaule à une occasion. C'est un très beau oiseau.


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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2006-04-21 12:12]

Hola Jeanpaul.Me agrada mucho esta foto de este "Pajaro Carpintero". Tiene muy buen contraste y colores, El tronco del arbol le da un toque muy especial. Felicidades Luis52.... Tu nota es EXELENTE.

Hi Jeanpaul,
Perfectly composed action-shot of this woodpecker. Composition, colours DOF and POV very good choosen. Well done,
Thx and regards, Ruud

j'ai essayé une fois de prendre en photo un pic...mais il se cachait chaque fois en tournant autour du tronc de l'arbre...au 3emme tour j'ai renoncé..alors merci de faire de belles réalisations..
amicalement JM

Hello Jean-Paul,
very nice picture, I like the colors and details, correct flash use; the BG is adecuate and nice.
Bravo et merci

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2006-04-21 17:51]

Hello Jeanpaul, this is a very nice shot. The colours and focus are excellent and a very nice moment too. I wonder if a portrait format shot would have been more suitable? It's a lovely image.

excellent capture and sharp
very compliments for your impressive gallery.
Best regards GianPaolo

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