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Syrian Woodpecker


Syrian Woodpecker
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Copyright: Fikret Yorgancioglu (fiyo) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-10-18
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D7000, AF Nikkor 300mm EDf/4
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/1250 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-12-08 2:59
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SYRIAN WOODPECKER

Binomial name:
Dendrocopos syriacus
(Hemprich & Ehrenberg, 1833

TR name: Alaca Ağaškakan

Scientific classification :
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum : Vertebrata
Class: Ave
Order: Piciformes
Family: Picidae
Genus: Dendrocopos
Species: D. syriacus

The Syrian Woodpecker (Dendrocopos syriacus) is a member of the woodpecker family, the Picidae.

The Syrian Woodpecker is a resident breeding bird from southeastern Europe east to Iran. Its range has expanded further northwest into Europe in recent years.

It is an inhabitant of open woodlands, cultivation with trees and scrubs, and parks, depending for food and nesting sites upon old trees. It is often an inconspicuous bird, in spite of the plumage. The large white shoulder patch is a feature that catches the eye.

Syrian Woodpecker is 23-25 cm long, and is very similar to the Great Spotted Woodpecker, Dendrocopos major. 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 show only a few white spots; 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 reddish. The long 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 differs from the smaller Lesser Spotted Woodpecker by the crimson on the abdomen.

It is much harder to distinguish Syrian Woodpecker from Great Spotted Woodpecker. Syrian has a longer bill, and lacks the white tail barring of Great Spotted. Another important distinction is that Syrian does not have the black line connecting the moustachial stripe to the nape shown by the more widespread species.

When hidden by the foliage, the Syrian Woodpeckerĺs presence is often advertised by the mechanical drumming, a vibrating rattle, produced by the rapidly repeated blows of its strong bill upon a trunk or branch. This is not merely a mating call or challenge, but a signal of either sex. It is audible from a great distance, depending on the wind and the condition of the wood, and a hollow bough naturally produces a louder note than living wood. The drumming is longer than Great Spotted Woodpeckerĺs, and decreases in volume. It is faster tand shorter than the drumming of White-backed Woodpecker.

The call is a sharp quit, quit, softer than Great Spotted Woodpecker, and something like Redshank.

The Syrian Woodpeckerĺs food mainly consists of those insects which bore into the timber of forest trees, such as the larvae of wood boring moths and beetles.

The woodpecker usually alights on the trunk, working upwards. During the ascent it taps the bark, breaking off fragments, but often extracts its prey from crevices with the tip of its sticky tongue. Seeds, nuts and berries are eaten when insect food is scarce.

Its actions are jerky, and it hops rather than climbs, leaping forward with one foot just in advance of the other. When a space is crossed the flight is easy and undulating.

The neat, round 5cm diameter nesting hole, is bored in soft or decaying wood horizontally for a few inches, then perpendicularly down. At the bottom of the shaft, a small chamber is excavated, where up to 11 creamy white eggs are laid on wood chips.

The hole is rarely used again, but not infrequently other holes are bored in the same tree. Almost any tree sufficiently rotten is used. The young, when the parents are feeding them, cluster at the mouth of the hole and keep a continuous chatter, but when alarmed slip back into the hole.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dendrocopos_syriacus

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excellent closeup of this beautiful species. good clarity and colors. good framing. tfs.

Hello Fikret,
This is a beautiful capture,nice colour and sharpness.An excellent composition.
Regards_Joy

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-12-08 6:34]

Hello Fikret,
Excellent photo of this woodpecker in superb sharpness, details and beautiful colours. Great white balance. Nive choice of composition.
Regards,
Peter

Ciao.Fikret.
Complimenti per la splendida composizione,bellissimo questo esemplare di picchio fotografato egregiamente ,con unĺeccellente nitidezza ed ottimi dettagli,molto belli i colori con le loro sfumature.
Ciao Marco.

Merhaba Fikret
Superb capture of this beauty.Great POV and close composition,wonderful natural colours and excellent sharpness.Congrats!
Thank You.
Have a good weekend!
Best regards
J.Diogo

Hello Fikret,
excellent picture with superb sharpness and colour.
very nice light and composition.
best wishes,
samiran

hello Fikret
super good composition with great details and beautiful colours
thanks greeting lou

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-12-08 10:30]

Hello Fikret.
Stunning sharpness, colour and detail. Wonderful DOF and colour tones in the background, makes him really stand out.Perfect exposure too.Regards Siggi

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-12-08 16:03]

Hi Fikret,fantastic capture,very close to the woodpecker and whit the perfect light for the best result,wonderful quality as usual.Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano

Hello Fikret,
Excellent photograph of this beautiful woodpecker, excellent sharpness, excellent composition,
very good background.
Thanks for sharing,
Michael-7

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  • hsn6a Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 0 N: 435] (8652)
  • [2012-12-10 2:15]

Fikret Bey,yakın plan,šok net šekilmiş suriyeli..tebrikler..

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