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Thank you for all your C & Cs on my previous picture, today i have a Great Spotted Woodpecker i took earlier this week, one of my favorite birds these, they are great to watch.

About blackbird-sized and striking black-and-white. It has a very distinctive bouncing flight and spends most of its time clinging to tree trunks and branches, often trying to hide on the side away from the observer. Its presence is often announced by its loud call or by its distinctive spring 'drumming' display. The male has a distinctive red patch on the back of the head and young birds have a red crown.

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 550D
Lens:EF70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:23 Oct 2013 - 10:14 AM
Title:Great Spotted Woodpecker
Username:Mike_Smith Mike_Smith
Uploaded:26 Oct 2013 - 4:15 PM
Tags:Bird, Birds, Canon, Dendrocopos major, Female, General, Great spotted woodpecker, Wildlife / nature, Woodlands, Woodpeckers
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BIGRY1
BIGRY1 e2 Member 2BIGRY1 vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
26 Oct 2013 - 4:16 PM

The space behind her needs cropping out but apart from that this is superbGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
Ryan

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Trev_B
Trev_B e2 Member 7110 forum postsTrev_B vcard England65 Constructive Critique Points
26 Oct 2013 - 4:19 PM

Super natural colour and wonderful detail in this female GSW, nice one Mike.

Trev

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Badgerfred
Badgerfred e2 Member 7Badgerfred vcard Wales
26 Oct 2013 - 4:20 PM

Excellent detail in this fine capture Mike,
Fred.

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Mollycat
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26 Oct 2013 - 4:26 PM

Beautifully details on the bird, lovely colours. Peter.

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ChiliMan
ChiliMan e2 Member 8135 forum postsChiliMan vcard Singapore17 Constructive Critique Points
26 Oct 2013 - 4:41 PM

Great sharp shot of it and beautiful background too Smile

Now my mum is the one with the green fingers and she recently told me that Clematis needs well-drained soil and one should water it only when the soil is dry. As they hate being waterlogged. Your mention of 'clematis wilt' got me thinking perhaps your soil is retaining too much water? If it's in a pot, pour some water and see how quickly the water drains out the pot.

Also, I was told that Clematis dies back after a while. And even though it looks like the plant is dead, leave it. It'll grow back.

Andrew

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Fred263
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26 Oct 2013 - 4:44 PM

Stunning image, Mike. Beautifully captured.
Fred

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Sylviwhalley
Sylviwhalley e2 Member 798 forum postsSylviwhalley vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
26 Oct 2013 - 4:55 PM

Gorgeous shot, lovely light and detail.
Sylvia

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GeorgePlatis
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26 Oct 2013 - 5:35 PM

Excellent capture, beautiful background and great details !
George

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Hermanus
Hermanus  2 South Africa
26 Oct 2013 - 5:37 PM

Definitely one of my top three UK birds Mike Smile An excellent and sharp imageGrin

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26 Oct 2013 - 5:40 PM

Great image

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ColleenA
ColleenA e2 Member 2201 forum postsColleenA vcard Australia3 Constructive Critique Points
26 Oct 2013 - 5:43 PM

An excellent shot Mike....

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Jeddahknight111
Jeddahknight111 e2 Member 2Jeddahknight111 vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
26 Oct 2013 - 5:54 PM

Nice pecker shotSmileBlush

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M_squared
M_squared e2 Member 3M_squared vcard United Kingdom
26 Oct 2013 - 6:36 PM

Beautifully captured.

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JuBarney
JuBarney e2 Member 3JuBarney vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
26 Oct 2013 - 6:36 PM

A super capture
Ju

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Maiwand
Maiwand e2 Member 7Maiwand vcard England69 Constructive Critique Points
26 Oct 2013 - 7:08 PM

A high class capture of this lovely woodland bird Mike. Excellent exposure and as sharp as a new pin.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
I hope you wont mind but I did just wonder if the image really needs all that empty space to the rear of the bird. I imagine you did it in an attempt to take the bird 'off centre' and move it into the 'thirds'. It appears to me that the quality of exposure on the bird is so good that you could give it much more emphasis by cropping away about half that left side and possibly even turn it into portrait format. Puts the bird in the middle I agree but so what ? Rules are meant for guidance only not rigid adherance.
I must stress these are my thoughts only and in no way a criticism of this fine shot.
Ron

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AnneB50
AnneB50 e2 Member 2114 forum postsAnneB50 vcard Scotland18 Constructive Critique Points
26 Oct 2013 - 7:50 PM

Lovely shot Mike, they are special birds aren't they! I agree with Ryan and Ron about cropping, a square format would work nicely here.

Anne

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Granddad
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26 Oct 2013 - 8:33 PM

Excellent capture.
Dave.

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tonyng
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26 Oct 2013 - 8:59 PM

Pin sharp. Would prefer to see a different crop though.

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Jenny-D
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26 Oct 2013 - 9:40 PM

Superb capture Mike.

Jenny Smile

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Holmewood
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26 Oct 2013 - 11:03 PM

Lovely shot Mike. Cathy

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capto
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26 Oct 2013 - 11:15 PM

Excellent clarity and colour.Smile

ivor

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Daisymaye
Daisymaye e2 Member 6Daisymaye vcard Canada9 Constructive Critique Points
26 Oct 2013 - 11:36 PM

An excellent capture.

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fificat100
fificat100 e2 Member 3fificat100 vcard Scotland2 Constructive Critique Points
27 Oct 2013 - 1:07 AM

A superb capture, Mike. Pin sharp. Excellent detail and texture on this pretty bird and the tree trunk. Background is nicely o.o.f. IMHO a square crop right side would raise this beautiful image to superlative status. Even so, as it is, still is ACE - goes on my shortlist SmileSmileSmile

Lavina

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