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White Woodpeckers

White Woodpeckers
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Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-09-14
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D90, Sigma 135-400mm f/4.5-5.6 APO, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1000 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-10-29 7:24
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Points: 46
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
We enticed these birds by their own calls coming from an I-Pod. After a few minutes there came 5 White Woodpeckers and stayed for a long time within our range. These two were very interested in each other.

The White Woodpecker, Leuconerpes candidus, is a species of woodpecker (Family Picidae) found in South America. This woodpecker is a native of the grasslands of Brazil, Bolivia, Paraguay, Uruguay and Argentina. Specially fields with trees, palm groves, orchards.

28,5 cm.
Iris witish; bare orbital area yellow. Mainly white with a black mantle connecting to streak behind the eye; tail black; yellow nape patch and midbelly.
No other woodpecker shows as much white. A conspicuous woodpecker that almost always is in the open; often perches on snags. Rather social, occurring in small groups of up to 4-5 individuals and seeming to occupy large home ranges. Regularly seen in long flights high above the ground and, notably for a woodpecker, its flight paths are relatively level (not bounding). Eats mainly fruit, also some insects.

Call ultra-distinctive and far-carrying, typically a sharp nasal “kweeyr”, often given in flight, heralding the approach of a group of these spectacular, unique woodpeckers.

Sources: Wikipedia and the book: Birds of Brazil: The Pantanal & Cerrado of Central Brazil by John A. Gwynne, Robert S. Ridgely, Guy Tudor & Martha Argel.

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Hello Peter,
A lovely and interesting image with my favorite specie (woodpecker).
Remarkable photo with exceptional clarity and details. This is a very nice species of bird with white colors.......(great difference between the European species and this particular one). Perfect composition taken from a excellent POV with good light and best clarity.
Thanks for sharing!

Hello Mr.Peter,
I haven't seen white coloured Woodpecker before.
What a beautiful picture.Against bright sky the way you have managed this picture,is truly excellent.Very sharp and detailed.Outstanding work Mr.Peter.Very informative NOTE too.
Thanks for sharing,
Regards and have a nice time,

Hi Peter,
interesting birds. Excellent presentation. Nice poses. Perfect point of view. Very good sharpness.
Thanks for sharing,

Hello Peter,
照的清晰 很漂亮的鳥
第一次見到 很稀奇
光線亮麗 動作活潑有趣
構圖美麗 謝謝分享

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2013-10-29 8:37]

Never heard about this species...lovely birds and getting two in a frame is amazing too. tfs.

Hello Peter,

Superb capture of this mating pair in fine sharpness and from a choice pov. The timing in this animated capture couldn't be better and shows us full exposure into the details of this attractive species. Very well take.



hallo Peter
super mooie opname ,veel scherpte en super details
de kleuren zijn prachtig
heel aparte vogels
groet lou

Hello Peter,
Wonderful composition,excellent sharp details and clarity.TFS.

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2013-10-29 12:34]

Hi Peter,
Amazing colors,excellent details and focus with
perfect composition. Beautiful action photo. For me so far unknown species of bird,thanks for introducing him.
Regards Jiri.

Ciao Peter, lovely composition with nice couple in fantastic pose, wonderful natural colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2013-10-29 13:07]

Hello Peter.
Great to get two in one shot.The details and colours are SUPERB.Nice natural lighting.Regards Siggi

Hello Peter,
It must have been fantastic to have a birdwatching and photographing holiday like you are showing us here. I wonder what the activity is really about. Is it mating or breeding behaviour, perhaps? As usual, the sharpness and composition are impeccable. Well done once again. It is a real pleasure to view. Best wishes.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-10-29 16:17]

Hi Peter,great meeting another time from your last trip! And what a lucky opportunity,2 in a same tree and very close,the result is fantastic pic,magnificent composition and spectacular quality!!Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

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  • hsn6a Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 0 N: 435] (8652)
  • [2013-10-29 23:48]

Hello Peter,
Brazil is quite different from the birds,good capture species,thanks..

Hi Peter,
Superb capture of a pair of these white woodpeckers with fabulous POV, excellent sharp details, magnificent composition, and splendid natural colors. I like your interesting way to attract these birds. Very well done, my friend. Thanks and have a nice day!

Hi Peter,
I like your pic very much as it shows us a wonderful and seldom seen bird in wonderful clear and sharp manner.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2013-10-30 7:14]

Hello Peter,
What a special way to call birds. Modern technique can be very useful. You have been successful and the result is just superb! Most beautiful these two White Woodpeckers, shown with this very lifely picture. Bravo!

Hello Peter,
Amazing pic. Wonderful woodpeckers in action.

Ciao Peter. Stunning details very good sharp against the soft BG. Amazing playing of light.


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  • Nilson Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 488 W: 0 N: 566] (4423)
  • [2013-10-30 14:06]

Que magnifica foto muito bem trabalhada com cores muito boa espetacular meus parabéns.

Interesting species and beautiful photo Peter! Good composition, nice lighting and good sharpness.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2013-11-10 20:16]

Hello Peter
excellent picture of these woodpeckers. Well detailed and lively action.
I have never seen this woodpecker yet.
Thanks for sharing.


Wonderful action shot Peter,
very well composed.
perfect sharpness with good colour.
best wishes,

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