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Syrian Woodpecker

Syrian Woodpecker
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Copyright: Fikret Yorgancioglu (fiyo) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07-14
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D70, Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 II APO Macro Super
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/800 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Vanderschelden's favourites [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-04-17 1:47
Viewed: 3601
Points: 62
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Scientific classification :
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Ave
Order: Piciformes
Family: Picidae
Genus: Dendrocopos
Species: D. syriacus

Binomial name
Dendrocopos syriacus
(Hemprich & Ehrenberg, 1833

TR: Alaca Ağaškakan

The Syrian Woodpecker (Dendrocopos syriacus) is a member of the woodpecker family, the Picidae.

The Syrian Woodpecker is a resident breeding bird from southeastern Europe east to Iran. Its range has expanded further northwest into Europe in recent years.

It is an inhabitant of open woodlands, cultivation with trees and scrubs, and parks, depending for food and nesting sites upon old trees. It is often an inconspicuous bird, in spite of the plumage. The large white shoulder patch is a feature that catches the eye.

Syrian Woodpecker is 23-25 cm long, and is very similar to the Great Spotted Woodpecker, Dendrocopos major. The upper parts of the male are glossy black, with a crimson spot on the nape and white on the sides of the face and neck. On the shoulder is a large white patch and the flight feathers are barred with black and white. The three outer tail feathers show only a few white spots; these show when the short stiff tail is outspread, acting as a support in climbing. The under parts are buffish white, the abdomen and under tail coverts reddish. The long bill is slate black and the legs greenish grey,

The female has no crimson on the nape, and in the young this nape spot is absent, but the crown is crimson.it differs from the smaller Lesser Spotted Woodpecker by the crimson on the abdomen.

It is much harder to distinguish Syrian Woodpecker from Great Spotted Woodpecker. Syrian has a longer bill, and lacks the white tail barring of Great Spotted. Another important distinction is that Syrian does not have the black line connecting the moustachial stripe to the nape shown by the more widespread species.

When hidden by the foliage, the Syrian Woodpeckerĺs presence is often advertised by the mechanical drumming, a vibrating rattle, produced by the rapidly repeated blows of its strong bill upon a trunk or branch. This is not merely a mating call or challenge, but a signal of either sex. It is audible from a great distance, depending on the wind and the condition of the wood, and a hollow bough naturally produces a louder note than living wood. The drumming is longer than Great Spotted Woodpeckerĺs, and decreases in volume. It is faster tand shorter than the drumming of White-backed Woodpecker.

The call is a sharp quit, quit, softer than Great Spotted Woodpecker, and something like Redshank.

The Syrian Woodpeckerĺs food mainly consists of those insects which bore into the timber of forest trees, such as the larvae of wood boring moths and beetles.


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  • Bufo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 404 W: 69 N: 951] (4247)
  • [2007-04-17 2:07]

Hello Fikret,
what a nice image of this Syrian woodpecker. It is particularly nice to see all the distictive details. It would be nice to make a collage of all Eurasian pied woodpeckers (greater spotted, middle, white backed...)
This picture could fit right in...Compliments!!

Hello Fikret,
Truly a remarkable capture as it displays with vrey nice results to excellent camera work. :)

Fikret merhaba , oldukša net ve detaylı bir Ağaškakan portresi olmuş , renk doygunluğuda šok iyi , bol şanslar.

Hello Fikret,
This is a wonderful image! I like it!

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-04-17 3:21]

Hola Fikret,
preciosa captura y genial pov,
buenos detalles,
la iluminaciˇn es excelente.

ăok başarılı..Elinize sağlık..Selamlar..

Selam Fikret,
Superb shot, great sharpness, nice details, great natural colors, neat blurry BG.


Hi Fikret

Good colours and perfectly composed shot. Nice diagonal placement of the branch. TFS.

Excellent sharp capture.
Fantastic plumage details
Well composed

Hi Fikret,
the composition is very good in this beautiful picture.
Lovely colours, very good details and DOF.
Well done.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-04-17 9:27]

Nefis olmus, elinize saglik

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-04-17 10:10]

Hi Fikret.
Perfect X-composition of the shot. Such structure is very impressive. I also like the separation of the sharp main subject (wonderful specimen of the woodpecker and tree branch) and remote smooth BG. Details of the bird are simply outstanding as well as POV, cropping and magnification ratio. Bravo. Once more perfect job.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-04-17 10:35]

Hi Fikret,

This is a beautiful woodpecker. The colors and details are fantastic. I love the opened beak! Beautiful pose and BG.


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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-04-17 10:55]

Hi Fikret

Another splendid capture from you, my friend!
The pose of this cute woodpecker is exceptional and you've caught it in excellent timing.
I also love that lovely blurred BG behind it, too.
The details and textures on the blumage are superb, the exposure is spot-on and the composition is wonderful!

Bravo and TFS

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-04-17 11:50]

Hello Fikret,
Fine capture of the Syrian Woodpecker, up to your usual high standards. I like the expression of curiosity on this woodpecker's face.
Well done mf,
Best wishes, Ivan

nefis olmuş abi. ellerine sağlık.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-04-17 15:33]

Hello Fikret,
A wonderful photo, with great sharpness, details and composition. It looks like you were sitting in that tree. Wonderful.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-04-17 21:35]

Hola Fikret.- Genial foto de este Carpintero. Siempre he sido admirador de todos ellos. Bellos colores y exelente pose.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-04-17 21:37]

Hello Fikrit,
Excellent camera work has produced ab image with razor sharp details and excellent colors, great job.

Hi Fikret ,
very nice image with great details.
background is excellent.
well composed and amazing colours.
well captured
best wishes

Hello Fikret,
Your note eloborates well on the special features of a Syrian Woodpecker you have captured so very well.
Fantastic view point, razor sharp focus and beautiful colours and details.
The expression on the bird's face suggests its attention is focused on something in the vicinity.
Great picture once again.
Best regards,

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  • volkan Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 497 W: 10 N: 4] (2425)
  • [2007-04-18 14:23]

Selam Fikret Bey,
Yine mŘkemmel bir kare sizden.
Duruşu,netlik,keskinlik ve arka plan muhteşem.

Merhaba Fikret, fascinating composition with splendid ird, great details, wonderful light and colors, very well done, ciao Silvio
:) later I'm away for two days

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-04-20 3:14]

A great close-up of this woodpecker, Fikret.
The details are sharp, and the colors are well-seen.
A fantastic pose.
TFS. : )

Hola Fikret,
Excelente captura, la definiciˇn es extraodinaria, los colores y luz muy bellos. Saludos
JosÚ Ramˇn

How do you do that Fikret? I wonder why your pictures are so clean, sharp, well composed and amazing; always :-) Details are just stunning! You have a trick and I didnĺt catch it yet ;) This is a high quality picture. Thanks!

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-04-21 14:20]

Good evening Fikret
I would say this is the most beautiful picture I have seen of Woodpecker! An excellent close-up with great sharpness and a marvellous composition.
I like it so much!
Excellent note too.
Thank you very much for sharing.
Best wishes

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  • star74 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 211 W: 3 N: 598] (2474)
  • [2007-04-22 13:39]

Merhaba Fikret Bey,
ăekmeyi šok istediğim kuşlardan biri ama henŘz karşılaşamadım bile,
Renkler,netlik,detaylar ve poz harika,

bonjour fikret
formidable!on voit mŕme la couleur de ses yeux.
c'est toujours aussi bon.merci.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-04-25 14:33]

Hi Fikret,
interesting seeing all the different woodpeckers from around the world. This one is one we don't see to often and you captured him so well. POV, sharpness and details are great. Very well composed, it stands out so well from the OOF BG.

Missed this amazing image; no doubt!
No nit here Fikret.

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