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The woodpeckers

The woodpeckers
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Copyright: Livio Soares de Medeiros (livios) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-01-16
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF75-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/160 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Woodpeckers, Interacting birds [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-01-17 20:03
Viewed: 7320
Points: 58
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I often see woodpeckers here in town, but I had never seen such species - a new one for me.

Thanks to Manyee, who got the ID of the woodpeckers.

White Woodpecker (Melanerpes candidus)

The White Woodpecker is a bird of the savanna grasslands of Brazil, Bolivia, Paraguay, Uruguay and Argentina.

It is a striking black and white bird with yellow skin around the eye and a yellowish belly. The male also has yellow on the nape.

One of its favourite foods is the irapuá bee (Melipona ruficrus) which attacks orange trees so the White Woodpecker helps in the success of the Brazilian orange industry.

(Source: www.arthurgrosset.com/sabirds/whitewoodpecker.html)

The Woodpeckers are a large family of similarly designed birds found in forested areas around the globe. The have specially evolved to deal with chiseling wood, including "shock-absorber" head musculature, extremely long tongues, and stiff tail feathers helping them perch upright on trees. Woodpeckers are often a "core species" of the woodland avifauna [except in two major areas that don't have any woodpeckers: Australasia and Madagascar].

Woodpeckers come in a great variety of shapes and colors. One group are the flickers which specialize in feeding on the ground, often focussing on ants. The Campo Flicker (above) of southern South America is such a species and a very striking bird to boot. Yet even it has the stiffly pointed specialized tail feathers that held woodpeckers perch vertically on tree trunks.

(Source: www.montereybay.com/creagrus/woodpeckers.html)

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-01-17 20:25]
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I have never seen birds like these before either. Thanks for posting a first. I looked them up and I think they are called White woodpeckers (Melanerpes candidus).
What a great POV witht the two of them lined up on the tree trunk. Sharp details and great composition, not to mention the beautiful BG. : )
TFS : )

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  • Dave Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 503 W: 43 N: 657] (2178)
  • [2006-01-17 20:48]

Now this one is too cool Livio!
Looks like I'm seeing double...;-)
Excellent capture!

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-01-17 21:23]

Superbe duo Livio!

La pose des oiseaux sur cette branche est parfaites et les détails sont excellents. Les couleurs sont justes et parfaitement exposé.



Hi Livio,

I like the composition of this picture. The birds posed well for you. Good focus, DOF and oof BG. Well done!


Hi Livio!
this is very nice scene :-)
Amazing moment with great BG.

Wow nice capture of these woodpeckers. I had no idea that there were other kinds out there. Learn something everyday on TN ehh. Never seen two woodpeckers togther either.

Nice work.


Livio, this is pefrect shot. Not one, you cached 2 of the same. Baravo.

Follow my leader up the tree! Good catch - almost comical. TFS

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-01-18 4:08]

Hello Livio!
Excellent capture.POV,details,blurred BG,
colors,pose of woodpeckers and composition
are wonderful.TFS...:-)

Beautiful capture Livio, and I believe that Manyee is right on the indentification carpintero blanco, white woodpeckers (Melanerpes candidus). anyway the picture is fantastic. :)

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  • ErEs2 Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 31 W: 0 N: 15] (582)
  • [2006-01-18 4:24]

great composition, very good photo

This is a humourous shot Livio. A queue on the side of a tree! Great stuff! Love the composition. Just simply a fantastic shot. Thanks.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-01-18 5:20]

Wow, what a super couple Livio, these 'twins' look so good. Excellent capture, the colours and d etails are nice and sharp too. Well shown, thank you

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2006-01-18 6:21]

Well caught Livios, this is an excellent shot. I did not know this species too. Very well done, two birds for one shot!! Congratulations Didier.

Quite a remarkable shot of these "twins" Livio!

Your timing was perfect and the image is well composed with excellent details, colors, exposure, and POV.

A pleasure to view, thank you!

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  • Nico Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 199 W: 1 N: 335] (1321)
  • [2006-01-18 6:52]

A classic pose you managed here. Well framed. TFS

This is excellent Livio. Well composed and these two together like this, with a nearly indentical pose, is rather unique...
Excellent light, colors and details.
Very well done my friend.

Hi Livio,
What a beautiful pair of woodpeckers. I have never observed these before. Very unique and beautiful. Colors are amazing. Nice sharp detail, and a perfect OOF backround. Well done again my friend! Need to revisit for pts. tomorrow

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  • moemf Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 111 W: 0 N: 160] (703)
  • [2006-01-18 8:11]

Hi Livio

Great shot. They make a lovely pair and a lovely picture. Very nice composition and detail. The colours and light are very good. TFS


Strange looking woodpeckers. Lovely colours and compositiod. Interesting POV.

Regards, Petru

Espetacular muito bem!
Tenho inveja!!
As cores a ideia a composição estão o máximo!

hi livio
ils sontbeaux tous les deux on dirait des jumeaux.tres belle photo,beau DOV et bon DOF.

hi livio. they are beautiful both one would say jumeaux.tres beautiful photograph, beautiful DOV and good DOF. Laurent

Hi Livio,
that's phantastic - two of those beautiful birds together, a perfect moment.
I love the yellow ring around the eyes, thank you so much for sharing it with us, bye
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hi Livio, I´m not drunken. I really see "two". ;-)
I never seen this kind of woodpecker! Congrats, that´s a brilliant picture. Very clear and great sharpness. Great colours and excellent POV. Your note is excellent too. Thanks for posting.

Hi, Livio.
It's very nice shot. Absolutely different woodpecker for my eye and two at same time.
I think composition here is very good and both birds are in the same position and looking into same direction. Must be something interesting. Excellent sharpness, colors and DOF.

Livio you post your shoots too frequently, I can't keep up.
I missed this one, its just as good as the one you posted next. As I said a beautiful bird and well captured here too.
Brazil has many beautiful critters and you keep showing us new critters all the time, well done.

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  • nofer Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1190 W: 366 N: 811] (2307)
  • [2006-01-24 22:21]

Ficou muito bonita a composição dos dois...!!!
Gostei da foto.
Boa nitidez, POV e cores.

Olá Livio
muy buena foto de estos belos pica pau, lástima que no lleguen hasta mi pueblo, porque me gustan.
Los detales son muy buenos y me gusta también como está hecho el encuadre.
Un abrazo

nice, I would crop the left side of te pic, TFS Ori

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