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A woodpecker look at the snow falling

A woodpecker look at the snow falling
Photo Information
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: 2006-12-02
Categories: Birds
Camera: Pentax *ist D, 70-300mm f4-5.6
Exposure: f/8.2, 1/180 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Birds and Animals in the Snow [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-12-06 20:03
Viewed: 3100
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
Downy woodpecker Picoides pubescens


Identification Tips:
Length: 5.75 inches
Very small black and white woodpecker
Very short bill
Mostly black head set off by broad white supercilium and lower border to auriculars
Black nape
White back
Black wings with white spotting on coverts and flight feathers
White underparts
Black rump
Black tail with white outer tail feathers barred with black
Adult male:

Red spot at rear of head
Similar species:
Other small black and white woodpeckers such as Ladder-backed, Strickland's, Red-cockaded and Nuttall's have longer bills, barred backs, and patterning on the chests. Black-backed woodpecker is easily distinguished by the darker face, black back, and barred flanks. Three-toed Woodpecker is best distinguished by the darker face and barred flanks, since some races can have white backs. Juvenile Hairy Woodpeckers on the Queen Charlotte Islands have barred outer tail feathers and such birds should be carefully separated from Downy Woodpeckers by their larger size and larger bills. Hairy Woodpecker is most similar, but is larger, with a longer bill, entirely white outer tail feathers, and a different call.

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-12-06 20:25]

Bravo Jean paul pour cette composition,j'aime la mise en scène et l'acteur.

Merci pour le partage.

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  • Dave Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 503 W: 43 N: 657] (2178)
  • [2006-12-06 20:37]

Hello Jean Paul,
Excellent picture with a nice composition! It looks very cold there...;-)

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-12-06 21:39]

Hello JeanPaul,
lovely composition with the snow surounding this wonderful bird. Very nice POV and great colors. Very weel done.

Nice image of this bird in the snow. Little bit dark in the whites of the bird, probably where the camera metering is throw out a little by the bright reflective snow, so did a little workshop brightening up the whites on the bird a little.

Hope you don't mind.

Bonjour Jeanpaul,
Another shot on Mr. Woody Woodpecker? Why not. Nicely captured. Well focused, sharp, nice DoF.
Great shot.

Ben Lakitan

Hello Jean-Paul,
C'est bien agréable de prendre des photos quand la niege tombe, ça donne vraiment une belle texture. En ce qui me concerne, ce sont mes premières photos numériques hivernales et j'aime bien ça :-) Très belle capture de ce pic, bien focusée, cadrée et composée. Les détails et l'exposition sont très réussis. Merci,

very nice! great shot of the woodpecker and its a very pretty winter scene with the snow...nice work. TFS
Donna :o)

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2006-12-07 13:08]

Bonsoir Jeanpaul,
Quelle belle image hivernale! Ce pic accroché au tronc d'un arbre est magnifiquement photographié. Drôle de voir qu'il y a des flocons de neige autour de lui et qu'il porte ce motif sur son plumage.
Bonne soirée

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-12-07 15:42]

Hi Jeanpaul

A splendid composition here with this cute woodpecker!
The DOF here i think it's perfect - keeping everytnig important in focus, the colors are fantastic considerring the light and the falling snow is a very great touch!
The pose of your subject is magnificent and the way you positioned it in the frame is magical! I really like it!

Bravo and TFS

Salut JP,
What a beautiful capture. The snow really adds to be beauty of the scenery. The moment captured is perfect. Such good colors and clarity.

Hell JP,
Excllent work, great details very crisp, Nicly composed and capture Photo, Perfect colors Bg POV DOF nice work,

TFS Kyle

back tommorow

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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2006-12-10 7:48]

Hi Jeanpaul,
Very nice composition you caught him in. Good pov and very nice to see the snow falling down. Nice colours and good focus
tfs paula

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  • volkan Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 497 W: 10 N: 4] (2425)
  • [2006-12-11 12:12]

Hi Jeanpaul,
Wonderful shot.Great colors and details.
Nice point of view and background.
:) tomorrow.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2006-12-19 17:55]

Muy original este momento, y buenos detalles, original y excelente captura Jeanpaul, muchos saludos


Nice capture, today I took few shots of a woodpecker like this, beautiful birds, I will post it soon.


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