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Hairy Woodpecker female

Hairy Woodpecker female
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Copyright: Claude Ouellet (tiklod) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 290 W: 74 N: 875] (3397)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-02-04
Categories: Birds
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ5
Exposure: f/3.6, 1/100 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-12-04 6:43
Viewed: 6971
Points: 64
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

The Hairy Woodpecker (Picoides villosus) is a medium-sized woodpecker

Their breeding habitat is forested areas with large trees across most of North America to Central America. They nest in a tree cavity, excavated by the nesting pair

Adults are mainly black on the upper parts and wings, with a white back, throat and belly and white spotting on the wings. There is a white bar above and below the eye. They have a black tail with white outer feathers. Adult males have a red patch on the back of the head.

It is virtually identical in plumage pattern and coloration to the much smaller Downy Woodpecker, which also has a shorter bill relative to the size of its head. These two species are not at all closely related, however, and are to be separated in different genera (Weibel & Moore, 2005; Moore et al., 2006). Their outward similarity is a spectacular example of convergent evolution. As to why this convergence has evolved, only tentative hypotheses have been advanced; it is interesting to note in any case that due to the considerable size difference, ecological competition between the two species is rather slight.

These birds are mostly permanent residents. Birds in the extreme north may migrate further south; birds in mountainous areas may move to lower elevations.

These birds forage on trees, often turning over bark or excavating to uncover insects. They mainly eat insects, also fruits, berries and nuts, sometimes tree sap.

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I once spent the better part of a weekend trying (in vain) to get one decent shot of a hairy woodpecker. So I envy your capture. You have maintained good detail and a nice shallow DOF too.

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-12-04 6:53]

Hello Claude
What a marvellous capture of this lovely woodpecker!! She is so cute! For her feathers and the snow on the tip of the trunk it looks rather cold round there. Magnificent sharp details and great DOF and composition.
Thank you very much for sharing!

Isn't she a cute one?! And she picked a good sized small trunk of branch to alight. Very sharp details in this aviary with the B&W's having wonderful patterns. I see it is a winter bird as well, you having taken it in Feb of this year. A nice choice if ASA/ISO so you wold not have anything of noise. Well done.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-12-04 7:06]

Hi Claude.
What a cute and perfect reproduced bird. I like the pictured scene, impressive vertical cropping so much. Excellent, precise exposure, perfect sharpness and wonderful feathers. DOF is so impressive and supplements the main subject excellently. My best wishes and compliments.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-12-04 8:04]

Hello Claude,
Excellent capture of a Hairy Woodpecker, caught in a fine pose on a snowy tree stump and taken from an excellent POV. Nice composition and great sharpness.
Well done and thanks,

hello claude,
fine capture of the hairy woodpecker, you have manged exposure well, nice pov, pleasing composition, good details of the plumage,
well done,
tfs & regards

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-12-04 8:51]

How do you lot get so close to these birds!!!
I can barely creep up on a brave little Robin let alone a Woodpecker! It is surely a great skill to have...
Fantastic capture.
Amazing detail, sharpness and clarity.
Great DOF as well.
Very well done Claude,

Hi Claude,
nice sharp capture of this Woodpecker.
Good POV and details well seen.

Bonjour Claude,
Another well captured and composed of Woodpecker!
the sharpness, vivid colour and details is perfect
very well done again

Lovely detail and great Dof....great information as well...

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-12-04 10:33]

Hello Claude,
A great photo of this Woodpecker. Excellent sharpness and POV. Very clear colours. It seems that she's blowing herself up against the cold.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-12-04 10:40]

Hi Claude. A fine shot of the woodpecker. good detail and colours. a nice pose on the tree trunk. with a good POV/DOF. well done TFS. good notes too.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2007-12-04 11:04]

very nice capture and magnifics colours,very nice work,thanks for share,Luciano

Quelle élégance et quelle class pour cette demoiselle chevelue, parfaite gestion de l'exposition sur ses plumes blanches, excellent focus et très jolie pose
Très jolie photo Claude,

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-12-04 15:02]

Hola amigo,
preciosa captura,
bello plumaje y sensacional pov,
buen trabajo,
saludos Claude

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  • RP1 Gold Star Critiquer [C: 154 W: 1 N: 6] (251)
  • [2007-12-04 15:53]

Salut Claude,
J'aime beaucoup l'atmosphère que dégage cette photo. Je trouve que les pics sont très photogénique. Les couleurs sont belles et le PV est excellent.

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  • lise Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 169 W: 48 N: 548] (2877)
  • [2007-12-04 16:23]

Salut Claude,
Félicitation pour cette merveilleuse prise! Belle composition et POV, superbes couleurs.

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2007-12-04 18:45]

Bonsoir Claude, on a une ptite grassouillette ce soir! Que de détails dans le plumage, toujours de belles photos pour nous ravir. Celle-ci représente bien le pic chevelu et son amour pour les chicots d'arbre. Merci!

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-12-04 19:07]

Salut Claude
Belle presentation.J'aime bien la pause de ton sujet.L'image est bien en focus et le details du plumage est excellent.
Merci Michel

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2007-12-04 23:22]

Hello Claude,

What a marvellous capture of these lovely woodpecker, wonderful position and splendid presentation, colours and sharpness be superb.
Thanks for sharing.

Best regards,

Hi Claude,
Excellent ! TFS.
- Nirmal

Hi Claude,
Splendid shot! Wonderful bird!
Excellent definition, pretty composition.
Very good POV and details.
Congratulations for the beautiful work!
Best regards,
José Roberto

Hi Claude,
Nice job on the exposure and details. Great POV, DOF, and closeup comp..I like the bit of snow that tops it's roost, and the near OOF branch doesn't distract at all, blending in with the Bg colors.
Well done,

bonjour claude
encore un oiseau que je n'arrive pas a prendre: le pic,même si ici ce n'est le même que nous avons en france il lui ressemble beaucoup mais reste tres difficile d'approche,bonne image,bien exposée et detaillée.

Bonsoir Claude,

Une belle image de ce pic bois chevelu, la photo a une bonne composition, netteté et de jolies couleurs. Bonne soirée.


Bonsoir Claude,
Une belle photo de ce Pic chevelu femelle, belle composition et jolies couleurs, de beaux détails et nettetée , Belle prise de vue..
Mes salutations.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-12-05 18:28]

Hi Claude,
Great plummage details from your sharp focus and good exposure. She looks cold Claude, thanks for sharing.

salut claude
toujours aussi excellente la présentation, de tres jolies couleurs nettes sur bon BG, belle position de cet oiseau
merci et encore félicitations

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-12-06 6:21]

Bonjour Claude, excellente photo du Pic, belle pose, beaux détails bien nets et superbe fond ! Un légere SE sur les hautes lumières mais à peine. Bravo !


  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-12-06 7:39]

Hello Claude

This guy looks quite plump.
Very well focused with sharp details.
The plumage detail is excellent.
The colours are natural and well saturated.


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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-12-09 1:40]

Hello Claude, I do like this shot of the Woodpecker, you did very well to get such fine detail on the plumage as these guys are usually way up high in the trees. Very nice pov and good light and colour, crisp and sharp. Great work.

salut Claude

elle est superbe ta photo avec cet excellent contraste
entre les tons blancs et noirs du sujet,
et aussi excellent détails et netteté, et j'aimes le cadrage vertical



Bonjour Claude,


Tu as photographié cet oiseau à la perfection !

Bravo et merci !


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