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A Juvenile Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major) taken in our garden a couple of days ago. The juvenile is distinguishable by the full red cap on the front of the head, which disappears with maturity. We have a number of these around at the moment. In an average breeding season a pair of GSWs will raid blue tit nests and feed well in excess of 200 blue tit chicks to their own youngsters. They will even pick them out of nest boxes and if a metal grid is fitted to the nest box opening to prevent this, they will bore a hole below in order to extract their prey.

This is a full frame capture with a little cropped off from the top to balance the composition.

Thank you all for your C&Cs on my last upload, with a special THANK YOU to Richard(MossyOak) and Ian(Maccas) for their User Awards. All very much appreciated and valued Smile

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 7D
Lens:EF500mm f/4L IS USM +1.4x
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:2 Jun 2012 - 6:22 PM
Focal Length:700mm 8.7m from subject, tripod
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.7
Aperture:f/6.3
Shutter Speed:1/320sec
Exposure Comp:-1/3
ISO:1000
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Spot
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:Juvenile Great Spotted Woodpecker
Username:teocali teocali
Uploaded:4 Jun 2012 - 11:52 AM
Tags:Bird, Garden, Great, Juvenile, Spotted, Wild, Wildlife / nature, Woodpecker
Votes:38

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RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 4139 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland112 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jun 2012 - 11:57 AM

I had no idea they were such predators on the blue tit chicks, Sylvia: but what a fine shot of this w/p youngster in your own garden, a fine pose and captured in excellent detail.
Ronnie.

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BydoR9
BydoR9  3 United Kingdom
4 Jun 2012 - 12:02 PM

Great shot!Smile

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7139 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece18 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jun 2012 - 12:20 PM

Superb, Sylvia. Carol

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M_squared
M_squared e2 Member 3M_squared vcard United Kingdom
4 Jun 2012 - 12:20 PM

Beautiful image.

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brownsilent
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4 Jun 2012 - 12:51 PM

What a superb pose - and lovely eye contact.
Johanna

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stretch123
4 Jun 2012 - 1:26 PM

a beautiful shot . great work

paul

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helenlinda
helenlinda e2 Member 7338 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jun 2012 - 1:39 PM

Beautiful capture Sylvia and interesting write up
Helen

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TonyDy
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4 Jun 2012 - 1:52 PM

Lovely shot, Sylvia.
Tony

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Glostopcat
Glostopcat e2 Member 8235 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jun 2012 - 2:35 PM

A cracking shot of this juvenile woodpecker Sylvia and an interesting and informative write up to accompany it

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JohnoP
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4 Jun 2012 - 2:53 PM

This truly is a wonderful superb image - thanks for sharing! John

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Maiwand
Maiwand e2 Member 7Maiwand vcard England69 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jun 2012 - 3:02 PM

An excellent shot and a lovely image Sylvia. Thanks for the narrative. I knew they were predators but I had no idea they took it to such extremes. TongueTongue
Ron

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christinecilia
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4 Jun 2012 - 3:39 PM

great photo like it Grin

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CaroleS
CaroleS e2 Member 434 forum postsCaroleS vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jun 2012 - 4:42 PM

Well captured Sylvia, a superb pose, and lots of detailed information - Carole

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MossyOak
MossyOak  2 England15 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jun 2012 - 5:27 PM

Great capture of this healthy looking youngster Sylvia and well documented to let everyone know how they feed.
Great capture
Richard

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tomcat
tomcat e2 Member 95940 forum poststomcat vcard United Kingdom15 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jun 2012 - 9:03 PM

An excellent narrative Sylvia, for the uninitiatedSmile

It is a good job Blue tits are such prolific breeders

Law of the jungle

Adrian

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pluckyfilly
pluckyfilly e2 Member 8292 forum postspluckyfilly vcard United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jun 2012 - 9:28 PM

excellent Sylvia

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JuBarney
JuBarney e2 Member 3JuBarney vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
5 Jun 2012 - 12:22 PM

Super shot
Ju

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