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The Great Spotted Woodpecker

The Great Spotted Woodpecker
Photo Information
Copyright: Roma Januchowska (romuszka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 233 W: 9 N: 352] (2263)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-04-13
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 350D EOS, Sigma 70-300 4-5.6 APO DG MACRO, 58mm UV
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/50 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Angelina's Favorites - Part I, Birds from my neighbourhood [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-04-16 1:27
Viewed: 4249
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [Polish]
Great Spotted Woodpecker /Dendrocopos major/
is 23-26 cm long, with a 38-44 cm wingspan. 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 are barred; 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 crimson. The 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 may be distinguished from the smaller Lesser Spotted Woodpecker by the crimson on the abdomen.
There are several subspecies, including the prehistoric P. m. submajor which lived during the last ice age.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-04-16 1:47]

Hi Roma

An excellent capture - the timing was perfect - without the branch this would be National Geographic stuff, as it it it is brilliant.



Hi Roma
What an awesome shot. I love the movement you have captured with the wings. Thanks for sharing!

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  • inked Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 132 W: 0 N: 249] (771)
  • [2008-04-16 2:26]

hi Roma,
superb! fantastic timing.. the wing blur and focused birds makes for a fantastic action shot.. pity that branch was in the way! great work!

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  • Max31 Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 14 W: 0 N: 39] (201)
  • [2008-04-16 4:51]

Hi Roma,
Original shot with these Great Spotted Woodpecker, nice coloursand movemant, unfortunately 1/50 seconds is too slow ..


What a cool action shot with good timing, Roma!
Well done and TFS

Hi Roma

what a shot. I frequently get these woodpeckers in my garden, but have never managed to get a photo anything like this. excellent timing.


Hi Roma!

That's what I called perfect timing! Excellent capture!

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-04-16 7:48]

Hello Roma,
Wow, what a fantstic action capture of these two Woodpeckers with similar wing movements - it looks almost like a mirror image! Great focus on the left one and beautiful colours. I like the natural environment and the composition very much
Many thanks, Ulla

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-04-16 8:50]

Hello Roma,
Very beautiful photo of this Woodpeckers. Perfect timing. 1/50 is maybe a bit to slow, but the effect of the moving wings is very nice. Great composition.

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2008-04-16 9:49]

Udalo Ci chwycic moment, chociaz troche galezie psuja kompozycje ale efekt jest znakomity,
Pozdrawiam, Pawel

Niesamowite wrażenie przy jednym dzięciole, a tu aż dwa:) Dzięki za krytykę fotki z widoczkiem Owczar. Wcześniej nie zwróciłem uwagi na przechył. Pozdrawiam

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  • PelinS (85)
  • [2008-04-16 10:20]

Witaj Roma! Fantstycznie ujety moment! Bardzo symetrycznie wygladaja te ptaki. Podoba mi sie perspektywa ukazania tych dzieciolow. Brawo!

Witaj Roma

przepiekne zdjęcie... Gratuluje szczerze uchwycenia momentu



Oh this is wonderful!!! James is right ---this has the makings of a National Geographic image...what a perfect moment you captured! Excellent!!!!!

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  • marcin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 138 W: 0 N: 268] (2057)
  • [2008-04-19 10:28]

rewelacja powiem, jeszcze jakby tej galazki nie bylo...
moment naprawde swietny szczerze gratuluje i pozdrawiam

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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2008-05-05 10:24]

Hi Roma
very interestin and very nice image
well doen.

Piękna fotka, jak zawsze.

Simply put: OUTSTANDING!!!
Mario from Canada.

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