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Carpintero jabado. (37)
peter_stoeckl Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1738 W: 291 N: 4005] (11530)
Melanerpes superciliaris (Temminck, 1827)

Carpintero jabado,
West Indian Woodpecker,
Bahamaspecht.

Body length: 27 – 32 cm

The lively and colourful West Indian Woodpecker is distributed over the islands of the Northern Caribbean. Most of its population seems to enjoy a good life on the island of Cuba where it is a joyfully frequent sight at various habitats from the sea up into the mountains as long as there are some large trees around.

Carpintero’s habitat.

Trying to capture a West Indian Woodpecker walking up a palm tree can be a funny game. The bird will always be aware that a camera is pointing at it, and it will escape by just turning to the other side of the trunk. So you would end up going endless circles around the palm tree while the woodpecker would climb up the trunk in circles always turning away from you. Besides keeping you in good health there is another advantage in that game: You can enjoy different angles of light - there a woodpecker has turned to the sunny side of the trunk.

Literature:
Hans Winkler, David Christie und David Nurney: Woodpeckers. A Guide to Woodpeckers, Piculets and Wrynecks of the World. Pica Press, Robertsbridge 1995
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melanerpes_superciliaris
http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bahamaspecht
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_birds_of_Cuba
http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aves_en_Cuba

The camera:
SONY DSC-HX1, 3456 x 2592 pixel, sRGB, 92mm tele-zoom (equivalent 460 mm at full size SLR), F/5, 1/800 sec., ISO-125, hand held, no flash. 17.02.2010, 11:28.

Postwork:
Photoshop CS4. Slightly cropped, levels slightly adjusted, downsized to web, selectively resharpened.

Thank you for visiting. Have a good weekend.

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peter_stoeckl Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1738 W: 291 N: 4005] (11530)
On the sunny side of the trunk.
Edited by:peter_stoeckl Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1738 W: 291 N: 4005] (11530)

Trying to capture a West Indian Woodpecker walking up a palm tree can be a funny game. The bird will always be aware that at camera is pointing at it, and it will escape by just turning to the other side of the trunk. So you would end up going endless circles around the palm tree while the woodpecker would climb up the trunk in circles. Besides keeping you in good health there is another advantage in that game: You can enjoy different angles of light. Here the woodpecker has turned to the sunny side of the trunk.

SONY DSC-HX1, 3456 x 2592 pixel, sRGB, 100mm tele-zoom (equivalent 560 mm at full size SLR), F/5.2, 1/800 sec., ISO-125, hand held, no flash. 17.02.2010, 09:10. Postwork: Photoshop CS4. Slightly cropped, levels slightly adjusted, downsized to web, selectively resharpened.

Hope you enjoy.

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peter_stoeckl Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1738 W: 291 N: 4005] (11530)
Carpintero's habitat.
Edited by:peter_stoeckl Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1738 W: 291 N: 4005] (11530)

Playa de María la Gorda has plenty of Cocos palm trees, some of them housing the West Indian Woodpecker. Here is one seen approaching its nesting hole high up the palm tree's trunk.

SONY DSC-HX1, 3456 x 2592 pixel, sRGB, 5mm wideangle-zoom (equivalent 28 mm at full size SLR), F/4, 1/800 sec., ISO-125, hand held, no flash. 17.02.2010, 08:56.

Hope you enjoy.