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Greater Spotted Woodpecker

Greater Spotted Woodpecker
Photo Information
Copyright: Peter Bagnall (Heyshamite) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 144 W: 0 N: 396] (2193)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-03-25
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1Ds MkII, Canon 100-400L IS f4-5.6
Exposure: f/8, 1/64 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-03-26 4:53
Viewed: 2711
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Yesterday (Sunday) I went to fill my bird feeders and all was quiet for a while with few birds about. I sat for half an hour in the hide when this cock (see red mark on neck) Woodpecker landed on the trunk of a Thornbush nearby (3 metres) and allowed me to take a few portraits of him. As I had not got my tripod I was shooting 'hand held'. The light was right for a change and he sat still. The ring on his leg is number F4859 which I can easily read when I enlarge the original photo. I removed an intrusive twig from the bottom of the picture in Elements3.
Camera settings:- ISO 100, 365mm focal length, AV, Spot metering, 1.4x converter, hand held.
I hope you like it.

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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To geterdone: Slip upHeyshamite 1 04-11 15:41
To jaycee: Woodpecker thoughtsHeyshamite 1 03-26 18:00
To vanderschelden: Married Woodpecker.Heyshamite 1 03-26 11:20
To pvb: WoodpeckerHeyshamite 1 03-26 11:15
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  • kag Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 36 W: 0 N: 20] (106)
  • [2007-03-26 5:12]

A good close up of the woodpecker. Your picture is very clear. good colour and focus with lots of detail. Well done. TFS.

what a pretty woodpecker. Great shot, I like observation birds. Greeting from Turkey.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-03-26 6:47]

Spectacular shot Peter!
Very sharp and well composed.
Well done,

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2007-03-26 7:23]

Hi peter,

An excellent capture of this woodpecker,sharp and detailed,colors and BG are great,well composed,TFS


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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2007-03-26 8:00]

hi Peter,
votre galerie est vraiment belle, à l'image de ce cliché. Excellente qualité avec une composition épurée, des détails fins et une lumière diffuse. Bravo, c'est très réussi.


Oooh!Well I never!
In all my years of birdwatching in England I never once saw a woodpecker.
Mind you,I was mostly in the South ... Suffolk,Essex and Kent.
This one is a real beauty and you've got a great shot here Peter.
Wonderful clarity and exposure.
Good work.

Very Good Composition, sharp image. TFS

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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2007-03-26 10:19]
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Hi Peter,
Very good capture of this beautiful woodpecker. Very good composition and pov. Good sharpness and details.
Only nit is the ring, do you think the woodpecker is ringed for a reason?
gr. Paula

Hi Peter,
A wonderful image. No doubt.
I see the bird has a ring...probably married.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-03-26 11:41]
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Hi Peter,

Beautiful woodpecker! Colors, details, pose, setting are all wonderful. Strange expression on his face. I wonder what he is thinking.


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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-03-26 12:48]

Hi Peter
Very nice composition.Picture is perfectely sharp with beautiful colors.I also like the DOF and the BG colors.
TFS Michel

Hi Peter,
Excellent shot!
I like details, compo and very like this soft lit!
Well done!!! :)
Congratulations and TFS,

Hi Peter,

Very sharp image of this woodpecker. Good details, colours and composition. Nice POV and DOF. TFS.


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  • marcin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 138 W: 0 N: 268] (2057)
  • [2007-03-26 16:16]

hello Peter
Great shot, very sharp, good colour and focus,

Love these birds, they are so photogenic... only I can't find one to play with! One day...

well done... well caught image.

Majectic pose from the bird. Excellent POV and composition.
I would have like it beter without the ring but nothing to do about it.
Excellent shot anyway.

Peter, this shot is superb! The clarity here is top notch. Texture detail on the woodpecker, and tree, is fantastic. The bg really compliments well. I do see a photoshop mishap in the lower right corner but...doesn't matter that much...the photo is too good to even notice, so maybe I shouldn't have mentioned it?:) Very impressive work Peter..very impressive.


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