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Downy woodpecker

Downy woodpecker
Photo Information
Copyright: Mircea Costina (mirceax) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 229 W: 49 N: 1356] (6261)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-12
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D50, Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 DG Macro
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-02-02 15:41
Viewed: 2592
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
As described by woodpecker expert, Lester Short, in 1982, the downy is "black above, except white down center of back. Black wings with white spots. Head with white stripe behind and above the eye, another below the eye, and a white band up the side of the neck; black crown, line enlarging from eye rearward, and mark posterior to malar streak. Male with narrow red nape patch. Differs from similar, sympatric P. villosus by small size, especially with small bill, and barring on white outer tail feathers." Both sexes are virtually identical in size and weight, except that females have proportionately longer tails and shorter bills. Immature birds are browner, with less black coloration, but with fine black streaks on the sides and flanks. Their eyes are brown or reddish brown in adults, while juveniles have pale gray or olive colored eyes. Their legs and feet are grayish, and Downy's have a dark gray or blackish bill.
-Downy woodpeckers are distributed throughout North America, even settling in cold climates such as Alaska. While they are known to inhabit all types of American forests, Downy's prefer relatively young, hardwood forests at low elevations. Despite obvious preferences, their altitudinal range spans from sea level to 6100 feet in California and 9000 feet in the southern Rocky Mountains. (Short,1982)

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  • shal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 256 W: 64 N: 481] (2140)
  • [2007-02-02 16:29]

Hi Mircea,
nice composition and lighting here,
good details on the subject,
Cheers :D

Hi Mircea , good sharpness and POV, but not ok for little modified ( maybe blurring application )right side of frame .

Mircea this is a great shot of a woodpecker. Amazing colours in the BG and perfect focus on the bird itself. Nice twinkle in his eye.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-02-03 5:00]

Salut Mircea

Ce captura faina!
Intotdeauna mi-am dorit sa prind si eu una dintr-un unghi similar cu asta dar cele de la mine din curte au o preferinta pentru ramurile de la peste 10-15 metri de sol :(
Oricum detaliile aici sunt foarte clare si bine individualizate, culorilesunt misto iar DOF e impecabil, uniformizand aproape tot sin spatele pasarii.
Faina rama si excelenta compozitie.
Singurul lucru care e un pic "prea prea" e expunerea...o idee cam mare.

Oricum foarte misto poza
Bravo si TFS

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