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Picoides Villosus

Picoides Villosus
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Copyright: Mario Belanger (EOSF1) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-09-19
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF 100-400 F4-5.6 L IS USM, ISO 400, B+W 77 010 UV-Haze 1 x
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/125 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-09-25 13:31
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Points: 48
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
Another look at the Hairy Woodpecker (Picoides Villosus, 24 cm) that I published a few days ago. Captured it in the Mont-Royal Cemetery in Montreal.

From: Oiseaux.Net

Physical description :
Hairy Woodpecker is a medium-sized black and white woodpecker. It has black head, with broad white supercilium and malar stripe extending to the rear neck. It has black moustache and nape. Back is white and rump is black. Wings are black with white spotting. Underparts are white. Tail is black, with white outer feathers.
Adult male has a red patch at the rear of the crown. It has greyish bill, nearly as long as head. Eyes are reddish brown. Legs and feet are greyish or tinged blue.
Female has black patch on the rear of the head. She is slightly smaller than male.
Juvenile male has red forehead, but lacks the red patch at the rear of the crown. Juvenile female is similar, but lacks the red.

Hairy Woodpecker's calls include a loud and sharp "peek", and a harsh rattle. When is disturbed, it utters a "brrrup" noise. When agitated, its call is a slurred and stuttering "peek-rr-krr". Its drumming is very fast and buzzy.

Habitat : Hairy Woodpecker is fairly common. It lives in both open and dense forests with dead trees. It also frequents gardens, parks and residential areas. But it can be found from sea level to high in the mountains.
GEOGRAPHIC RANGE: Hairy Woodpecker is resident from Central Alaska to Newfoundland, and southward, to Florida and Central America, and also in the Bahamas.

Behaviour : Hairy Woodpecker can hear wood-boring insects munching on the wood, and it may feel vibrations made by them, moving in the wood.
It forages on trees, bushes, and other kind of vegetation, but also on dead branches on the ground. It taps, probes and pries at the bark, and sometimes, it excavates deep into the bark, to get at the hidden insects.
When Hairy Woodpecker is disturbed, it flutters its wings, uttering "brrrup", or it engages tapping and pecking. It also drums and utters "kweek" calls.
When it threats of aggression a predator, it calls "kweek", and flutters aerial displays at the same time. To show aggression, it engages bill directing, head raised and head turned attitude, erected crest, bobbing head, flicking wings and spread wings.
To show submission, it performs tail spreading and utters its calls.
Hairy Woodpeckers are monogamous, and pairs may stay together for more of one season.

Flight : Hairy Woodpecker has a short and rapid flight.

Reproduction-nesting : Hairy Woodpecker's nest is located in a cavity. Male and female excavate the hole in live wood, at about 3 to 12 metres above the ground. Nest is only lined with wood chips.
Female lays 3 to 6 glossy white eggs. Incubation lasts about two weeks, by both parents. Male broods at night and female during the day. Chicks are fed by both adults. Young fledge at about one month, but they follow their parents during two weeks more, before to reach their independency.
This species produces only one clutch per season.

Food habits : Hairy Woodpecker feeds mainly on boring beetle larvae and insects. It also feeds on sap, berries, nuts, seeds and suet.

Protection / threats : Populations of Hairy Woodpeckers are increasing in some areas. Protection of dense forests and retaining trees for nest cavities help these birds to maintain their numbers.

nglen, jaycee, Juyona, mirceax, tiklod, bobair, CeltickRanger, SelenE, pierrefonds, eqshannon, lise, MMM, Ena has marked this note useful
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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-09-25 13:34]

Hi Mario. a very good close up of the woodpecker. you have captured fine detail and sharp focusing. good natural colours. with light in the eye. with a nice POV. well done grat notes too.

Salut Mario
Très belle présentation de ce pic chevelu.Les couleurs et les détails sont vraiment bien définis.
La couleur du saule et le pâle du BG font bien ressortir les couleurs du pic.
Bravo et au revoir....JP

Bonjour Mario, encore une photo extraordinaire de ce pic chevelu, comme d'habitude irréprochable techniquement, et une très jolie composition,

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-09-25 14:02]

Hi Mario,

It's nice to see this wonderful woodpecker again. You caught him in a great pose. Wonderful blacks and whites and the wonderful red patch. Excellent colors and textures. I love the white ring around the eye.


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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-09-25 14:50]

Hola amigo,
bello trabajo,
fino detalles y foco,
buen trabajo,
saludos Mario

Salut Mario,

Une très belle prise de cet oiseau avec des bels détails et couleurs.Un excellent focus sur la tête aussi

Merci et Felicitations !


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  • RP1 Gold Star Critiquer [C: 154 W: 1 N: 6] (251)
  • [2007-09-25 17:34]

Salut Mario,
Très belle photo. J'aime le floue verdâtre de l'arrière plan, ça met le pic en valeur. la photo est précise et les couleurs sont naturelles.

Bonjour Mario,
Awesome close up of this woodpecker. I would have to say you selected the most optimized exposure, either over or under a stop would've created a problem in the highlights or the darker areas. It's Perfect. :)

Hi Mario,
this is a fine looking shot of this hairy woodpecker.I like these birds very much and do not see very many of them here in High River but I do see the downy types more often.This capture has very good detail,colour and focus working for it.Your included note is superb. Tfs. Bob

salut Mario

une autre de tes belles photos superbement composé,
les couleurs en pastel de l'arrière-plan mettent superbement
en évidence le pic et l'arbre, les détails des ailes et des plumes
du ventre du pic sont excellent tout comme la netteté,

j'aime aussi de l'angle que la photo est prise et le cadrage vertical



Hello Mario,
I can understand why this fellow got his name!
And you capture the details in the plumage so well I do see the reason...
A well focused capture with good natural colours!
Pablo -

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-09-26 0:34]

Hi Mario,
Splendid shot with very impressive sharpness on the plumage with nice colours and markings. I like the way you have captured its aggresive intent and the fine pose. Excellent POV to portray it and the DOF is precise. Very nicely composed. Kudos.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-09-26 1:09]

Hi Mario,
Focus, sharpness, composition and details are very nice. TFS
Best wishes,

Hi Mario
I like the composition here. Sharpness is very good, also nice blured buckground. Maybe contrast between the head and buckground could be better. Maybe you could reduce the higlights or darken the buckground a little bit.
Very good job
Best wishes

Bonjour Mario,

Une bonne prise de vue de ce pic bois chevelu, la photo a une bonne composition, netteté et de belles couleurs. Bonne journée.


bonjour mario
pic et pic et collegram!!
celle-ci est encore mieux que la precedente de cet oiseau.

Bonjour Mario,
Encore une splendide photo de pic, décidement il n'y a rien a dire si ce n'est : parfait

No person should fault you for lack of notations eh. Combined with a great picture...it makes a voluminous read and look.

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  • lise Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 169 W: 48 N: 548] (2877)
  • [2007-09-26 13:28]

Salut Mario,
Ton pic est spectaculaire!
Les détails et la netteté sont parfaits.
Beau travail

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-09-26 15:54]

Salut Mario
Tres belle image.Bonne prise de vue et beaucoup de détails.J'aime bien la composition et la lumiere dans l'oeil du pic.L'arriere plan est également excellent
A bientot Michel

Quelles beau pic où on voit bien ses détails et ses couleurs, très belle posture et rare qui met bien sa queue en valeur.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-09-27 9:03]

Hello Mario

A beautiful classic woodpecker portrait.The focus is razor sharp with excellent sharpness of details.The colours and lighting are excellent.The OOF BG i swonderful.TFS


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  • juanjo Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 167 W: 8 N: 27] (1142)
  • [2007-09-30 13:23]

hello mario

very good picture of this wonderful bird
it colours and sharpness are very good,
the position of the bird is incredible
focus on the subjet is perfect

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  • Ena Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 324 W: 61 N: 594] (2454)
  • [2007-11-25 16:30]

Hello Mario!
another excellent shot! Good sharpness and very nice colors!

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