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Verdin the Sapsucker

Verdin the Sapsucker
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Copyright: Everton De Melo (demeve) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-01-12
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS Rebel XTI (400D), Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/500 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-01-12 18:21
Viewed: 3250
Points: 22
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Verdin the sapsucker! this is my title, today I observed
a very interesting behavior. A flock of about 5 Verdin (Auriparus flaviceps) were going nuts over the sap flowing from this Mesquite Tree, they were making the cuts themselves as you can see here... Enjoy!

Verdins are insectivorous, continuously foraging among the desert trees and scrubs. They are usually solitary except when they pair up to construct their conspicuous nests. Verdins occasionally try to obtain tidbits of dried sugar water from hummingbird feeders.

jaycee, Argus, uleko, CeltickRanger, Alex99, nglen, tuslaw, marhowie has marked this note useful
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Hi Everton,

Great shot of this Beautifull bird wich i have never seen before
lovely pose and catchlight
perfect sharpness and colors

TFS Thijs

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-01-12 20:13]

Hi Everton,

I didn't know the tiny Verdins did this! A wonderful shot capturing him busy at work. Nice colors and details of the bird. Amazing that you saw five of them at one time - I have never seen more than one at a time.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-01-12 22:10]

Hello Everton,
Though we have seen the Verdin several times on TN, we have never seen this type of behaviour before!
Excellent capture of a Verdin taking the sap of a Mesquite by making a little groove with its beak. A similar groove made previouly is also well seen. The pose, sharpness, POV and composition are all excellent.
A superb short showing the behaviour of a normally insectiverous bird.
Well done Everton and thanks for deligting us with this!

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-01-13 2:09]

Hello Everton,
What an interesting capture showing how the Verdin has scratched the surface of the bark to get at the sap. A very well-timed and sharp capture showing this pretty bird. Lovely colours too and well composed.
TFS and regards, Ulla

hello Everton

excellent close-up photo of the Verdin on work,
shot with fine POV and framing, excellent sharpness
and details, the catch-light render the image more beautiful, TFS


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-01-13 8:30]

Hi Everton.
What a unique and nice picture. Even without bird picture would be seen perfectly. However, with bird the shot is the most impressive. Amazing timing and wonderful sharpness/details of the bird and branch. Lights and shadows are fine too. Well done and TFS.

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  • mariki Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 838 W: 60 N: 2307] (9477)
  • [2009-01-13 10:12]

Hello Everton,

I like the composition of this picture. Good focus on the action. Superb light and colours.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-01-13 12:19]

Hi Everton. This is also a bird i have never seen so thanks for posting this little Verdin. You have taken it with good detail in the feathers with natural colours. well done TFS.

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  • Nilson Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 488 W: 0 N: 566] (4423)
  • [2009-01-13 14:59]

Ola Everton
Waw, que foto surpreendente, o momento foi exato e perfeito, as cores e detalhes estão otimos, a posição da ave é bem interessante e surpreeendente, muito interessante o hábito deste animal.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2009-01-13 18:22]

Great capture Everton,
Love the composition and detail in this wonderful shot. Very interesting image as we see the tiny bird finding a sweet treat.
We can even see where other birds have also gotten their drinks in the past, by the healed over scar in the upper left hand corner of the bark. Well done!!!

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2009-01-13 20:32]

Hello Everton,
This is a superb image Everton, with great colors and focus in a fantastic composition. This is also really interesting behavior, thanks for sharing.

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