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Great spotted woodpecker

Great spotted woodpecker
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Copyright: Pierre Heimann (heimann2) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 430 W: 10 N: 494] (4536)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-04-09
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Powershot SX 30 IS
Exposure: f/5.8, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-02-07 1:59
Viewed: 2397
Points: 48
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The great spotted woodpecker (Dendrocopos major).

It is an inhabitant of woodlands and parks, depending for food and nesting sites upon old trees. 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 food mainly consists of insects and grubs but also seeds, fruit, scraps, eggs, chicks and small rodents. The woodpecker usually alights on the trunk, working upwards, from side to side, but sometimes will perch in passerine style, when it sits well upright. During the ascent it taps the bark, breaking off fragments, but often extracts its prey from crevices with the tip of its sticky tongue. Beechmast, acorns, nuts and berries are eaten when animal food is scarce.
The nesting hole, neat and round, is bored in soft or decaying wood horizontally for a few inches, then perpendicularly down. At the bottom of a shaft, usually from six to twelve inches in depth, a small chamber is excavated and lined with wood chips. This woodpecker shows no marked preference for particular tree taxa, building its nest in gymnosperms and angiosperms alike.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2013-02-07 2:08]

Hello Pierre,
Although the background is a bit noisy, the woodpecker is very beautiful. Good sharpness and gorgeous natural colours. Taken from a very good POV.

A lovely and colourful portrait of the Woodpecker perched elegantly on a stump, Pierre.
The slight BG noise does not bother me because the subject still looks wonderful despite it.

Hello Pierre,

A very nice image of this great spotted woodpecker. I really like the profile pov, the rustic fence post, and the riohness of the colors portrayed. A profound thought process on this bird has also been well depicted. Very well done.



Hello Pierre,
Captured with excellent sharpness and nice PoV,well balanced composition with natural colours.

照的很清楚 表情可愛

Hi Pierre,

A very nicely captured picture of the woodpecker with natural color. The elegant pose of the woodpecker sitting on top of the wood trunk adds a different perspective than the common pose of most woodpeckers perched on the trees.

Warm Regards,

Hi Pierre
Very colourful woodpecker. You captured him in great pose with good light from a good POV. I really like your composition and DOV it shows off the bird so well.
Thanks for sharing
Best regards

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-02-07 14:24]

Hi Pierre,great capture of this beautiful wookpecker,perfect pose and very impressive quality of details and colors in the best exposure.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2013-02-07 17:21]

Salut Pierre,
What a beautiful woodpecker. He was posing for you!
A great profile shot to show off his contrasting colors and intricate patterns.
A lovely pose.
TFS. : )

Hallo Pierre
The details you captured on the feathers of this Great Spotted Woodpecker is lovely. Very sharp and precise. Lovely composition and point of view too. I am also not to fond of the busy background but the beauty of the bird bright colours makes up for it. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2013-02-10 20:21]

Hello Pierre,
What a colorful woodpecker you have presented to us. The markings and contrasting colors are simply gorgeous, You have captured it in fine detail and in an attractive pose. Great work!!

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2013-02-11 1:07]

Bonjour Pierre,
Tu as donc vu ce pic près de chez toi, bien exposé sur ce tronc d'arbre. La lumière ne semble pas avoir été facile. Il y en a aussi près de ma maison, mais je n'arrive pas à en faire des images convenables:-(
Bonne journée

Hallo Pierre,
A Beautiful bird captured in excellent sharpness and detail. Very good low POV and OOF BG. Thanks for sharing.
Best regards,

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2013-02-15 1:14]

Hello Pierre
such a lovely capture. Exciting colouds and nice perch.
Clarity is lovely and the grey blurry background makes the bird look nicer and oufstanding.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2013-02-18 4:31]

Hello Pierre,
A fine capture of this woodpecker taken with superb colours and clarity from a great POV. The pose ideal and well composed.
Thanks and regards,

Hello Pierre,
What a beautiful bird you have captured.Beautiful colour..
And thanks for visiting my Gallery....


Beautiful bird shot you have here, Pierre. Love the plumage colors and details perfected by stunning perch.
Well done and thanks for sharing.

very nice picture,excellent focus for the woodpecker, congratulations Pierre !

ciao, tino

Hello Pierre,
Remarkable photo. This lovely species of birds is my favorite. The contrast against the background is superb. Very nice composition taken from a excellent POV with perfect WB.
Thanks for sharing!

Hello Pierre
what a nice picture of this colour full bird with great detail.
best wishes,

Hola Pierre,
excellent capture of this woodpecker!!! TFS
Regards, Ferran

What a please it must have bee to see this bird!! A slightly brighter light would have made this even better, but all the key features are seen - coloring, beak shape, wings.

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  • Chiza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 133 W: 0 N: 474] (5351)
  • [2013-06-24 21:25]

Hola Pierre, que belleza de especie la del Carpintero, me gusta mucho el color, la luz, el entorno y la pose del ave...saludos.

hi Heimann

nice capture. From your picture I must know about Germany also.

and about starling

they are resident in my locality. even they have nest. Generally they are visible after late winter to early winter.

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