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Northen Flicker

Northen Flicker
Photo Information
Copyright: Michel Martineau (MMM) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-04-11
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 30D, 100 - 400 mm
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/800 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2007-04-24 16:07
Viewed: 3730
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 50
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I had only one chance at that bird for one shot only.Again that was a very windy day.

A bit of info on that Bird from Audubon field guide book:
This is a
resident across continent from alaska to Newfounland and south to southern Florida & Gulf Coast:ALso in mexico.Northenmost are migratory.

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Bonsoir Michel,
Une très belle compostion avec une belle harmonie des couleurs.
Avec la prise de vue par l'arrière, le plumage de l'oiseau est magnfique.

Hello Michel.

Excellent picture, very good details and colors.

Jose Luis.

Hi Michel,
Nice shot of the Flicker with very good detail. Love the texture in the fence post. Bg has visible noise but not a big deal for me...the color is very flattering. Nice shooting!


Hi Michel,
Very good capture of this flicker!
I like the back view of the bird, and the vivid colours got on their plumage.
Very good the DOF and the soft/oof background got.
Well done and thanks for share it.
My best regards,

Great shot for the windy conditions. The fast shutter speed gave you good sharpness/details even in the windy conditions. Excellent DOF and very nice exposure and colors. Your POV was outstanding as it gives us so much of the colors of the bird and great eye contact as well.
There is a tiny bit of noise and my preference would be more of a vertical crop to prevent the subject from being as centered. (I addressed these two minor points in a workshop). Thanks.

Hi Michel,
Nice shot shows us the beautiful pattering of this slick looking flicker. I am trying very hard to photograph this bird, but the pair I found have made their nest to high, but I have an idea of how I might get the snap. :)

Hi Michel,
Nice shot of this intrresting bird!
Good compo.
Too noisy BG

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  • carmia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 231 W: 4 N: 144] (2240)
  • [2007-04-24 18:03]

Excellent shot! great colours and details. Good work!! carmia.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-04-24 18:14]

Hi Michael.- Nice foto, very sharp and clear. This Northen Fliker is cousin of one that I have here in TN.
Regards from Mexico.

Quel bel oiseau ce pic, beaucoup de détails et de netteté.

Hey Michel, :)

This is great, I know it's really difficult to get a good capture with heavy winds! You have certainly done that with this lovely Flicker. Really nice sharpness and the colours are spot on as well. Lovely Compostion, thank you again for sharing.


bonjour Michel

une jolie prise de vue de ce pic flamboyant
avec ces couleurs flamboyantes, l'oiseau comme son arrière plan

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-04-24 23:26]

Hello Michel,
Another excellent capture from windy Alberta, great sharpness and colors Michel. Hope you enjoyed your stay in Alberta.

  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-04-25 2:28]

Beautiful bird with nice colors and excellent POV

Hello Michel , good comp and colors , very sharp but a little noisy photo , you can eleminate some noise with " Neat Image " software , TFS.

Good shot here
Great pose, great sharpness, well composed and exposed, great contrasting background
Well done

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-04-25 10:53]

Hi Michel,

A wonderful Flicker. You caught his face and plummage just perfectly. What a wonderful pose! Details and colors couldn't be better. The bg is superb. I haven't seen one for a while. Maybe they left us knowing it would be 100F here soon.

Out of smiles - tomorrow.


Salut Michel,
J'adore ces pics que je ne vois vraiment pas souvent. En fait, je ne les aient vus seuelement qu'une fois dans ma vie, dans le parc du Mont-Tremblant. C'est une superbe prise avec de bons détails, exposition et couleurs. Le WS donne de bons résulats aussi. Merci!

Nice work Michel love the sharp detail and nice pov good background compliments the subject well rgds Necip.

Michel I like your capture of this Flicker very much. The colours are great; and the ruffled feathers add a nice touch.

Composition-wise I would prefer a different presentation.
The balance between the bird and the post can be changed putting the emphasis on the bird.
< by also removing the distracting knots; they are nice, but divert attention >.
Then I tried to use a diagonal line from LL to UR... to position the bird, keeping in mind the thirds rule as well.
The b/g doesn't bother me, I prefer it to overly PPed stuff...
Hope you like, Jay

BTW I have posts like that in my yard in Calgary! Never shot a flicker there though:-(

PS Posted the WS today...

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  • hibou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 217 W: 1 N: 331] (1629)
  • [2007-05-18 20:38]

Bonjour Michel,
Quelle belle photo de ce magnifique oiseau. tout est parfait.
Merci de la partager

Salut Michel,
Bravo pour ta rapidité à prendre en photo ce pic flamboyant (si je ne me trompe pas?). C'est un oiseau assez timide en foret et curieusement «approchable» en pleine ville quand il vient manger des fourmis en bordure des rues!?! - mais c'est plutôt râre que ça arrive... En passant tu as de belles photos!


Bonjour Michel,

Une belle image de cet oiseau, la photo a une bonne composition, netteté et de jolies couleurs. Bonne journée.


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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-12-27 5:04]

Bonjour Michel, bravo pour cette belle prise ! La composition est très bien faite et les détails de l'oiseau sont hyper nets. Merci ! Une merveilleuse année 2008 à toi et aux tiens ! À très bientôt, j'espère !


Hallo Michel
This is really a beautiful bird with wonderful colours and patterns on its plumage. Very elegant and handsome indeed. I think the way you captured it showing its back is just stunning. This way one can appreciate the beauty of the plumage in all its splendour. Wonderful shot, excellent capture, lovely framed with great sharpness and clarity. This is the second time I have seen this bird in a days time, and I still am amazed by its beauty. Thanks for sharing.
Kind regards

THis is such an amazing shot, Michel. I was just browsing through your beautiful gallery and stopped here.
The pose, the POV, all excellent.

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