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White Woodpecker

White Woodpecker
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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
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2016-11-24 5:59
Viewed: 2656
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
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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Hi Peter
Superb action. You have captured the action without compromising the sharpness. The eye with yellow ring. Beautiful.


Hello Peter,
Beautiful Woodpecker; haven't seen before here. Well captured. Good details and exposure.
Thanks for showing,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2016-11-24 14:33]

Hi Peter,very lucky shot with this woodpecker landing on the tree,the sharpness is fantastic despite the fast mouvement,great timing and perfect exposure too,well done! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

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  • Athila Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 239 N: 493] (1982)
  • [2016-11-24 17:46]

Bonjour Peter

Amazing creature. I never saw any like these before. Good action image showing the bird landing on a branch. TFS


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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2016-11-25 9:32]

Hello Peter.
Fantastic shot of this white woodpecker, this is a new bird for me. I love it's bright yellow eye ring and contrasting white, black and gray feathers. Excellent in-flight shot showing fine detail and just the right amount of exposure.

Hello Peter,
Une magnifique prise en vol, de bonnes couleurs et détails intéressants particulièrement vers l'œil.
Bon dimanche

hallo peter
super moment
goed scherp en prachtige kleuren
mooie opname weer
bedankt gr lou

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