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Downy Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker
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Copyright: angela LL (angela926) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 383 W: 5 N: 484] (2574)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-01-03
Categories: Nature
Camera: Canon EOS 40 D, Canon EF 75-300 mm f/4.0-5.6 III
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/1600 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-01-03 19:21
Viewed: 1238
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A Downy Woodpecker visiting the feeders at the Edith G Read Sanctuary in Rye New York.

Downy Woodpecker: The smallest woodpecker in North America. Has a white back, black nape and black wings with white spotting. Underparts are white. Face is white with black stripes. Hindcrown patch is red. Tail is black with black-spotted or barred white outer tail feathers. Bill is black and short.

Range and Habitat
Downy Woodpecker: Resident from Alaska across Canada and south throughout the U.S. except in the southwest. Preferred habitats include woodlands, parks, and gardens.

INTERESTING FACTSThe Downy Woodpecker uses sources of food that larger woodpeckers cannot, such as the insect fauna on weed stems.
As the smallest North American woodpecker, the Downy can drill cavities in dead trees or limbs that measure as little as 10 cm around. This means that it can live in a wider range of habitat than can larger woodpeckers.
Males tend to feed in the tops of trees on branches that are small in diameter, females feed midlevel and lower on larger diameter branches.
A group of woodpeckers has many collective nouns, including a "descent", "drumming", and "gatling" of woodpeckers.

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Hi Angela,
One fantastic capture you have here ! I am impressed by the sharpness of your subject , great details on its plumage and this is undoubtedly the bird so informatively described in your notes , It seems quite agile even holding on to the metallic feeder bar with one claw and the tip of its other barely clamped in the opening , very acrobatic and strong , anyway a very fine take ,

Hi, Angela,
So cute...
Neat image, good choice of vertical position...
Selahattin E

Hi Angela,
Very beautiful photo vith excellent sharpness, light and details.TFS.


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  • milas Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2841 W: 398 N: 3076] (34114)
  • [2009-01-04 1:45]

merhaba dear Angela...
verynice comp... A superb colors and detail..bravo..selamlar

Hello Angela,it is great to see shots of birds that are not seen in our own countries.This is a delightful little fellow.
Your PoV is perfect.All the details are clear.

I love the idea of ' a drumming of woodpeckers'!

Tfs, regards Jean.

Hello Angela,

This bird is new to me although the markings resemble the spotted woodpecker.
I had to laugh at the expression! It resembles the determination of characters on cartoons!
The focus is sharp, the details clear and it is very well composed.

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

Hi Angela:

I publish a web site @ Rye, NY called MyRye.com. Do you mind if we run some of your photos of Rye with attribution? If you send a short bio, we'd be happy to include this too. Please email us at publisher (AT) MyRye.com.

Thanks, Jay

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