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The Art of Listening

By Emilpix
One of those purely coincidental opportunities when one is able to capture a wild bird's behaviour. In this case the Great Spotted Woodpecker is listening in the hope that it might detect a juicy grub upon which to feast. My only intention at the time was to photograph a favourite species and it was pure luck, and the expenditure of time, that allowed me to achieve the shot.

Tags: Behaviour Bird nature wildlife Wildlife and nature Woodpeckers wildbirds

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banehawi Plus
17 2.5k 4268 Canada
23 Oct 2017 1:02PM
Thats a really good shot! Timing is so good to catch the bird quietly listening like that.

The mod is +1, - on my screen it looks a little underexposed,


pamelajean Plus
15 1.6k 2238 United Kingdom
23 Oct 2017 3:13PM
When you've got a picture that you are proud of, Mick, it's worth considering a few tweaks for improvement.

Willie's brightening is the first step, and I have done this in my modification, too.
This brings out the lovely detail on the bird's back feathers, the texture in the tree bark, and the brightness of the eye.
But there are a few other little steps you might like to consider.
I know wildlife pictures shouldn't be touched up if going into competitions, so the choice is yours.

1. Clone in a bit more definition to the white feathers.
2. Remove the strange marking on the bark, just at the end of the bird's beak.
3. Soften the background to remove noise.
4. Remove the bit of background showing top left, at the tree edge. Instead of cropping and taking canvas away, cloning might be the best option. (I also went over some other dark parts on the left frame edge, so that it wasn't obviously the very edge of the tree trunk).

23 Oct 2017 4:28PM
Thank you both. Particularly for your work Pamela. Impressive.
paulbroad 14 131 1293 United Kingdom
23 Oct 2017 4:35PM
A good image in general. It is a touch under exposed on my screen too particularly obvious in the light feather tones. It is difficult to be sure at these sizes, but I think it could be just a touch sharper. Your shutter speed is very low for hand holding such a lens even with OIS and I suspect there cit a tiny bit of movement - may be camera or subject, because OIS has no effect on subject movement.

dudler Plus
18 1.7k 1878 England
23 Oct 2017 5:18PM
There's a lot to like about this shot, and I don't have anything to add to the expert comments and mods from Willie, Pamela and Paul.
dark_lord Plus
17 2.8k 784 England
23 Oct 2017 9:59PM
This is a very good capture and I too have nothing to add technically.
Upload a lightened version to the normal Gallery and it'll pick up votes.

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