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Picus viridis

Picus viridis
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Copyright: Alan Turvey (liquidsunshine) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1878 W: 112 N: 1560] (5437)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-07-09
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 300 D, Sigma 50-500mm f/4-6.3 EX APO RF, Hoya skylight (1B)
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1000 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Woodpeckers [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-07-09 8:50
Viewed: 4891
Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
On Wednesday at work, I had a lunchtime stroll through the woodland. I came across a small green woodpecker chick in a tree. I decided to make a special trip to my place of work this weekend to get some shots. Before we get to the chick, I'd like to introduce you to mum.

Green woodpecker
Picus viridis
The green woodpecker is the largest of the three woodpeckers that breed in Britain. It has a heavy-looking body, short tail and a strong, long bill. It is greeny-grey on its upperparts with a bright green rump and red on the top of its head. They have an undulating flight. They climb up tree trunks and branches and will move around to be on the side away from anyone watching.

Where does it live?
Found mainly in broad-leaved (deciduous)woodland where it nests in mature trees in the bottom of a specially dug out hole on the trunk or a main branch. Will use mature conifers occasionally.
Individuals seldom move far from their original nest site, although young birds may disperse in autumn and winter to feeding areas away from woods and trees.
Where to see it
Mainly a lowland species that breeds in open deciduous woodland, parks, orchards and farmland in England, Wales and Scotland, although absent from the far north and west and not in N Ireland. Not totally arboreal and will be seen feeding on heaths, downland and pasture.
What does it eat?
Insects, especially ants
What does it sound like?
Call is a ringing, laughing ‘peeu, peeu, peeu’
When to see it
All year round.

Notes from www.rspb.org.uk

Thanks for looking, have a great weekend

Two Trees And A Woodpecker

Two tall trees are growing in the woods.
A small tree begins to grow between them.
One tree says to the other, "Is that a son of a beech or a son of a birch?"
The other says he cannot tell. Just then a woodpecker lands on the sapling.
One of the tall trees says, "Woodpecker, you are a tree expert. Can you tell if that is a son of a beech or a son of a birch?"
The woodpecker takes a taste of the small tree. He replies, "It is neither a son of a beech nor a son of a birch. That, my friends, is the best piece of ash I have ever put my pecker in."

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You are too funny, pecker joke. LOL

Excellent shot and well done on the composition and details. This reminds me of our Northern Flickers, which belong to the pecker family, they will perch on branches like any normal birds plus they will climb like peckers.
Does this one do the same.?


Nice post with good details, good quality, I would increase a bit the contrast in this picture.

LOL!!! You are a bad boy, Alan!!

Anyhow, this is a great shot of this lovely woodpecker. The muted colors are gorgeous and the blurred background really accentuates the bird. Nice post, honey!

Have a great weekend,


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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2005-07-09 12:33]

Hello Alan,
Very nice shot.
Excellent composition,a great pose and nice detail.
Great joke too :-))
Well done.


Très belle photo Alan, j'aime beaucoup ce regard vers le haut.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-07-09 14:25]

Alan, excellent pov and composition, a lovely pose.

I also enjoy bg.

It's a very nice photo.

hello:) what a beauty POV Alan:) exellent photo :) really I admire it so much:D



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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-07-09 17:47]
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Alan, firstly, let me say a big well done on getting; a) within shooting range and b) getting the woodpecker to remain stationary whilst you got the picture! I've got close to these but never a picture.

It's a very nice shot but I wonder what white balance your camera was set at? The colours look a little flat and dirty...was it a dirty looking specimen? I've only ever seen them with a putrid green and the red on the head is fairly bright.

Very nice work, I'm jealous you got this!


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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-07-10 2:09]

So this is a woodpecker. Thank you, I've not seen one of these before, but I've heard of them, especially Woody. Good pose and details Alan, The bird seems to tone in nicely into the BG too. Good shot!

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-07-10 3:45]

Hello Alan!
Personal assessment of the photo: excellent. Especialy, I like the attitude of the woodpecker.
Strong visual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent.
Personal assessment of the note: complete.
Thank you very much for sharing.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-07-10 4:34]

Wonderful and interesting shot for this bird ! The superb pose on the branch makes a great composition ! Thanks for sharing Stephen.

Very nice pose you got here Alan, good composition and focus. Great work.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-07-10 7:21]

Hahaha, great joke Alan. :)

Well composed, good POV and nice details. BG seems to be a bit noisy, but the colors are good. Well done & TFS!


Have a nice Sunday!

Hello Alan, An excellent upward gaze pose/POV here. Good details and color. Nice piece of "ash"! ;-)) Very funny, Well done!

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2005-07-10 9:03]

Great pose and nice composition.Good DOF.

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  • sela Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 47 W: 0 N: 39] (738)
  • [2005-07-10 15:16]

Very beautiful bird portrait, perfect work.Very well shown

Hello Alan! Great shot, great notes! Had never seen this one before. It resembles what we call a "Flicker" woodpecker here in Ontario. Love the eye, actually the head looks almost like a heron's. Very nice composition, the green on the branch heightens the colour on the bird. As for your joke....LOL! Well done!

Hello Alan

Nice shot. The POV gives a good view of the plumage, which is a lovely colour. She stands tall and alert, I would imagine aware of you presence and her babe close. Excellent shot. OOF BG is spot on. Love the joke.....

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-07-11 2:30]

Hello Alan!
Wonderful shot.POV,DOF,framing and composition are perfect.TFS...:-)

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-07-11 3:23]

Beautiful shot of this woodpecker, Alan. Perfect in every way. Good joke too *grin*. TFS. : )

Alan, this is a excellent Picture. Great colours, sharpness excellent, a very nice composite. I like it. Well done.

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