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Great Spotted Woodpecker female feeding on peanuts stuffed into holes drilled in the back of a mossy covered tree stump.

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D200 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:200.0-500.0 mm f/5.0-6.0
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:17 May 2011 - 4:09 PM
Focal Length:420mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.9
Aperture:f/8.0
Shutter Speed:1/60sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:320
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:No Flash
Title:Great Spotted Woodpecker female
Username:nirofo nirofo
Uploaded:20 Mar 2013 - 4:12 PM
Tags:Wildlife / nature
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RustyBoy
RustyBoy  6 United Kingdom
20 Mar 2013 - 4:22 PM

Fantastic shot of a beautiful bird,its fascinating how they drill loads of holes to store food in the trunks of trees....brilliant!!!!!!!!

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TyChee
TyChee e2 Member 9187 forum postsTyChee vcard United States1 Constructive Critique Points
20 Mar 2013 - 5:15 PM

Beautifully captured.
Ty

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iancrowson
iancrowson e2 Member 4209 forum postsiancrowson vcard United Kingdom128 Constructive Critique Points
20 Mar 2013 - 5:27 PM

Cracking capture. Clever work attracting the bird.
Background is beautifully out of focus.
See what others comment but I reckon the moss on the tree is sharper, more in exact focus, than the the bird.
Or the bird moved just a little during exposure, you have had an (unavoidable) longish shutter speed.
Good colours and details etc.
Ian

Last Modified By iancrowson at 20 Mar 2013 - 5:28 PM

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JuBarney
JuBarney e2 Member 3JuBarney vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
20 Mar 2013 - 5:43 PM

Super detailed shot
Ju

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paulbroad
paulbroad  681 forum posts United Kingdom840 Constructive Critique Points
20 Mar 2013 - 7:22 PM

It is a fine shot, but your plane of focus is on the moss rather than the bird and the head is thus less sharp than that moss. Might also be a tiny bit of head movement at such a slow shutter speed. Tripod obviously in use.

Good idea to put peanuts in the tree fixing the point the bird will come to. Do you use manual focus. I use a 50/500 Sigma EX and I always, well, nearly always, use it on manual focus for bird photography in order to ensure the focal plane rests exactly where I want it.

Paul

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10777 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2782 Constructive Critique Points
20 Mar 2013 - 7:38 PM

Its a good shot.

The entire image can be a bit sharper, with the head a little more shrp than the rest; the burned out white patch on the upper right breast area is easily cloned out; theres a very slight green cast, which could be removed.


Uploaded a mod with all of this done.



regards


Willie

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chase
chase Critique Team 81115 forum postschase vcard England234 Constructive Critique Points
21 Mar 2013 - 9:10 AM

Yep,the focus is mostly on the moss just in front of the bird,my best guess is that he/she heard the shutter & pulled away from the stump at the last minute.
A good mod from Willie which has corrected a few issues.However, the Woody is not in the best position to fire the shutter as you have captured most of the underside of him/her.Patience is a virtue when photographing wildlife of any description so perhaps you should have waited until the bird was in a better position ( almost sideways on would have been a much better/cleaner shot).
A fast shutter speed is vital when photographing birds,(they rarely sit still for longer than a nano second Wink so up your ISO a little more or,take your F stop down to around F5.6.Aperture priority is ok to use but you are leaving your shutter speed to the camera,which may be fooled into creating a longer speed.Try Shutter priority,better still,manual & spot or centre weighted metering on a nice cloudy but well lit day.
The perch is really nice & hiding the food so it cannot be seen through the lens is the right way to go.

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