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Red-shafted Flicker

Red-shafted Flicker
Photo Information
Copyright: Robert Shannon Sr (eqshannon) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2458 W: 216 N: 10292] (31141)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-10-28
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikkormat FT2, Sigma 70-300mm
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Where They Really Live [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-11-21 5:19
Viewed: 3638
Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Thanks to Ivan for the specific ID!

Someone once said, "I don't do birds.". I think it was me but others have said it as well. Birds are very much my passion but in my present locale they are not abundant and when they are they appear to be going somewhere else in a big hurry. So with that in mind, I was heading out to the medical pharmacy to pick up some medicines for my wife. I tuned off the car and heard a knocking. Thinking it was coming from the engine, I turned it on and off. Then I discovered it was coming from across the street somewhere high a thicket of trees.

It is of course a woodpecker...a red headed one at that. Can't figure out how they came up with that colour: :-) Do you suppose God came up with all the Latin names? Probably not. But we humble humans need an easier way to identify. Not so easy that anyone can do it, but just enough to give one incentive to attend college or even high school in some places which still preserve the strict educational system.

I am pushed to the limit here with the camera. It is full on 300mm and hand held against my now famous tripod consisting of the drivers side window rolled half down. Thumbing through the images at the computer I realized in order to see anything with my gear constraints, I would have to do a real big crop and blown-up, which is why of course there is a lack of fine detail and a bit of moiré or noise or some such. Otherwise, it is an aviary composition of the bird "where it really lives".

Alex99, haraprasan, vanderschelden, angybone, nglen, Silvio2006, Patleboss, dkaved, gracious, Adanac, EOSF1, tiklod, pierrefonds, CeltickRanger has marked this note useful
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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To tiklod: Missedeqshannon 1 11-24 10:16
To pankajbajpai: Good infoeqshannon 1 11-21 19:19
To Argus: You know ur birdseqshannon 1 11-21 06:52
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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-11-21 6:33]
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Hello Bob,
Excellent distant shot of a Red-shafted Flicker with a very good DOF, so that both the tree trunk that the flicker is on and the branch that crosses it in the FG, are in sharp focus, not to mention the Flicker itself.
Interesting composition, the diagonal branch also forming a cross with the trunk, as if to say 'x marks the spot!'
Well done and thanks,

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-11-21 6:44]

Hi Bob.
You have told a very nice story and shared interesting bird picture. Pattern created by tree branches is amazing and image of the bird is looked among them excellently. I also like crisp sharpness of the image and perfect details, natural colours, framing and vertical composition. My warn greetings and TFS.

Namastay Bob,
A very nice capture of this wood pecker. A couple of them are living here too in my neighbor. But due lack of proper gears I always miss them shooting. One thing for sure I enjoy watching their activity a lot through my room's window. Excellent composition here with very nice details. Thanks a lot for sharing.


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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-11-21 7:24]

Exceptional photo Bob!
It shows this bird in its habitat very well - hence the theme you've added it to :)
Super sharp with immense detail.
I like the composition and wide crop.
Flickers are very pretty.
Well done!

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-11-21 7:33]

Hello Bob,
Yes, this is how you see them, after all, way up on the tree trunks! It shows its favourite environment very well and it is sharply in focus. Fine colours too and a well-composed shot.
Many thank, Ulla

Hi Bob,
Beautiful bird you captured. Wish they could be found here as well...:-)
Well done

very nice scene. I love those Flickers. I have never seen one in real life. I have always wanted to shoot one of these. As for your having to crop and blow up your image you still have some good details. Nice photo.

I try to do birds but I'm limited with the lens in the same way you are. I have to get mighty close...and with my faithful assistant, Moses the Cat, birds are a thing I can only dream of. ha ha

A wonderful shot...love the angles created by the branches and trunks. Nice color! :)

Hello Bob
First of all Ivan knows his moths as well as birds!!
You done great job here at the limits of your 300mm with you tripod!!..but do bear in mind bob the tripod has wheels and an engine..far quicker to move than my 3 legged number!!
Tfs and all the best to you

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-11-21 11:52]

Hi Bob. A bird from Dr. Bob. it looks a large bird. you have capturedfine detail and natural colours, with a good natural pose on the old tree. well done TFS.

Hi Bob, lovely bird in great pose with splendid colors, wonderful composition, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hello Bob,
wouaw, I dont know this bird, he is realy splendid
thanks for sharing this natural beauty,

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  • dkaved Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 259 W: 17 N: 431] (2114)
  • [2007-11-21 15:06]

Hi Bob,
Well done in noticing that beauty in amongst the branches.You got some lovely detail despite the distance and conditions and you somehow avoided that annoying foreground branch.Nice to see it in its habitat and yes i can almost hear the knocking.Take care and TFS.
Regards, David

hello bob,
nice image and lovely notes, the 300mm lens is not a suitable one to shoot birds and this i realised only after using it :-). You did a good job with a handheld camera with 300mm lens. the composition is as susal beautiful, nice pov,
well done,
tfs & regards

Hello Bob,
It's nice to see your bird posting!
beautifully composed with total sharpness, natural color and very details in the picture!
really beautiful and suitable framing !
well done

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-11-21 20:25]

Hello Bob,
I love the composition in this image, the old trees with orange lichens remind me of my place. Our home was built in 1912 and has 19 elm trees which were planted so after in the yard. So I have seen and been awaken by flickers ever since we moved here. I have even watched as one hammered on the lightstandard out front. Thanks for sharing this excellent image Bob.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-11-22 19:50]

Hi Bob,
For someone who doesn't do a particular thing that regularly, it sure does give immense pleasure to exhibit that, happens to me too when I post bird shots. This is an excellent shot and I very much like the natural environs and shapes of the dried branches around the frame. Great colours and neat focus. I like your POV and the superb composition. Kudos.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-11-23 6:08]

Hello Bob ! Great bird shot, the flickers are hard to get and you did it well in its surroundings. Well done !


Hello Bob,

I’ve been very busy last days but I don’t forget my friends on TN…!
So I hope I will be able to come back next week to add some proper critique to your excellent work. Have a great day my friend!


Hi Bob,

A nice image of the Red-shafted Flicker on the tree, the photo has a good composition, sharpness and beautiful colors. thanks for sharing.


hello Bob

as i wrote you (when you asked me) i was (and i am)
a little bit busy, the reason why i did not come on TN the last weeks

on your photos that i missed, i realy like this one and choosed to
critiqued and give points, i like this one the reason that is
i love the way that the bird is far (not zoomed) and we see
the trees around him, so we see the nature around the bird

i like the way that in french we say « c'est une photo sur le vif »
excellent picture and very sharp with good desenty colours



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