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Yellow Belly

Yellow Belly
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Copyright: Art Roberts (Art_R) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 20 N: 839] (3892)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-05-21
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, AF-S Nikkor 300mm f/4D IF-ED, 77mm UV
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/800 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-05-24 4:54
Viewed: 3041
Points: 16
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Hi Folks , today I have this image of a yellow-bellied sap sucker , which I found on the weekend. this male and its mate have returned to this area for the last three years ( perhaps more ) that I know of , and I have previously uploaded images for this bird which I Identified as a red-napped sapsucker , well I guess I am likely wrong on that ID because one day Bob Airhart told me he had been seeing yellow bellied sap suckers in this area so I would have to imagine this is the same bird...

this sap sucker is refreshing its last years excavation's on its trees , they seem to keep a series of trees on the go which they drill these small rectangular shaped holes into , they will drill a series of holes around the tree and let the sap ooze out , they eat the sap but also use it as an insect trap , they eat the insects but more importantly use them to feed their young , I imagine it would be rather difficult to transport sap to their nesting hole , but a beak full of ants is a bit more 'do'able' ;-)

my miss id of this bird is fairly understandable , here in Alberta their ranges overlap , the two are closely related and hybridize , the red-napped sap sucker was once considered a type of yellow bellied sap sucker. I have another image still on my camera , hopefully that one is good enough for upload because it shows this fellas yellow belly.

thanks for having a look

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-05-24 5:14]

Hello Art,
How nice to see two American woodpeckers next to each other. This is also a very beautiful photo in good sharpness and details. Good pose with eye-contact. Beautiful natural colours. Excellent POV and DOF.

Hi Art,
this shot is fantastic, I love the good sharpness and the brilliant colours. We can see every detail of this impressive bird.
Also beautiful sunny colours, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

beautiful bird, lovely taken , nice focus

Very nice shot, you must have been close

Hi Art,
Thanks for sharing this great foto of this beautiful bird with us. Perfect pose.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-05-24 8:59]

Hello Arthur
Superb capture taken with sharp details, vivid colors and nice composition

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2010-05-24 12:20]

Superbe lumière et bon controle de l'exposition. J'aime bien l'éclat des couleurs et la beauté de ce pic.



Hi Art,
Beautifully captured both lighting and details couldn't be better on this super capture of the yellow-bellied sap sucker. Exposure is spot on. Well done. :)

Wonderful shot Art. I love how you captured the details of the holes in the bark. It's also a wonderful side profile of the bird. Congratulations. TFS Trevor

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  • Athila Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 239 N: 493] (1982)
  • [2010-05-27 19:28]

Bonsoir Art,

Nice shot. Clear sharp details well exposed under a nice warm light. Nice balanced compostion. I like the fact that the image shows all those holes in the tree and by the same time shows who may have done them. Great shot and TFS.


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