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The Wait

By glazzaro  
Good Evening

Well another weekend draws close and I am ready! I have got to get out before I go stir crazy. Suppose to rain all day Friday but Saturday is suppose to be good, so hoping to head out to the Nature Reserve. The only thing in my yard to shoot at the present is Woodpeckers, so that is what I am posting. I have shot so many of these guys I am starting to name them, this one is named Peter Whoops , just seemed appropriate. So keep your fingers crossed and hopefully I will have something new for you all on Saturday, if not I might be forced to do landscapes… Have a great weekend and see you out on the site.


My setup when shooting:

1. This was shot at high noon, around 12:00 pm. Skies were clear and it was cold.
2. I used a tripod.
3. Setup the branch, loaded peanut butter and seed on the backside.
4. Used the Nikon 70-200mm lens with 1.7 TC for 340mm range, turned off the VR.
5. Went inside my new smaller hide, this one is less intrusive.
7. Kept adjusting the Shutter Speed and Aperture to compensate.

Camera Settings:

Location: Middletown, Delaware (Backyard)
Special Equipment: N/A
Processing: Saturation and contrast.
Weather: Clear Skies.
Tripod : Yes
Camera: Nikon D2X
Lens : Nikon 70-200mm with 1.7 TC
Focal Len : 210mm
Flash : No
Exposure Mode : Manual Mode
Metering Mode : Center Weighted
Exposure : 0
Shutter : 1/160
F Stop : F 8
ISO : 200

Tags: Birds General Close-up and macro United states Aviary Downy woodpecker Wildlife and nature

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Buffalo_Tom Plus
14 2.3k 18 Wales
27 Oct 2006 3:56AM
Stunning image/pin sharp detail and super DOF.
Lovely photography.
chrissd 15 304 United Kingdom
27 Oct 2006 4:47AM
great image Greg, lovely and sharp, stunning
User_Removed 16 825 Lithuania
27 Oct 2006 4:53AM
well as this is the most handsome, sleekest, athletic specimen of pecker ive ever seen!... i quite understand your logic there Greg!... give him an extra dab of PB from me!.... Cheers and ejoy your weekend!... Wink
27 Oct 2006 5:24AM
Top notch as usual Greg! Great detail and BG!

NevP 15 853 13 Canada
27 Oct 2006 5:24AM
Instantly recogniseable as one of yours Greg, absolute quality from beak to tail feather.

Which store was this shot in?

terry_cavner 16 332 United Kingdom
27 Oct 2006 5:25AM
Outstanding Work
Wooly 15 112 4 England
27 Oct 2006 5:38AM
Superb Greg, and excellent informative description.

Possum 14 148 England
27 Oct 2006 5:42AM
A beautiful sharp image, Greg.
C_Daniels 16 399 10 England
27 Oct 2006 6:01AM
Like the autumnal tones in the background here Greg - beautiful bird too...
trissie 14 United Kingdom
27 Oct 2006 6:02AM
A brilliant capture, pin sharp detail and lovely colours.

Trish x
AnnaBanana 14 119 1 United Kingdom
27 Oct 2006 6:15AM
Superb capture Greg - fantastic detail and sharpness.

Anna Smile
Desh_M 16 410
27 Oct 2006 6:20AM
top shot as usual
nice BG
A_Harrison 16 261 Canada
27 Oct 2006 6:51AM
Nice pecker.....ummmh

Nice bird...................shot. Ya thats it

Another class act

ChristineL 16 39 United Kingdom
27 Oct 2006 7:01AM
beautiful russet colours and great detail, especially large, a super capture,
wyatturp 15 2 England
27 Oct 2006 7:04AM
Woody looks gggggggggggggggggggreat---ccccccccccclick.

peter_oak 15 1 England
27 Oct 2006 7:07AM
Im just of to find the woodpecker this side of the pond,Good shot well taken.Peter
ericfaragh Plus
17 149 5 United Kingdom
27 Oct 2006 7:13AM
Sharp capture, I love the details in the trunk of the tree.
KBan 16 512 4 United Kingdom
27 Oct 2006 7:30AM
nothing wrong with Woodpeckers Greg, keep em coming, super detail and classic pose!
rhiw_com 14 24
27 Oct 2006 7:44AM
A pin sharp image, of this beautiful bird. Superb camera work.

Rg Tony
GillyB 16 317 8 United Kingdom
27 Oct 2006 7:48AM
Lovely sharp detail Greg, with superb DoF too!

Ade_Osman 18 4.5k 36 England
27 Oct 2006 7:48AM
Two excellent shots from you both today, I'm off chasing woodpeckers myself this morning and if I get a shot as good as this Greg I'll be more than happy. However I think Cesie's recent upload just beats this a tad, but being a butterfly nut as you know, you'd expect me to say that I guess....LOL
Excellent as always mate....Ade
vparmar 16 7 United Kingdom
27 Oct 2006 7:59AM
brilliant shot Greg as always

AlleyCatz 15 274 6 England
27 Oct 2006 8:42AM
Superb image Greg.Love the colours of this image.Quality as ever.

thorn 16 124 2 Scotland
27 Oct 2006 8:57AM
Hi Greg,Woody's absolutly cracking,love the downy back of the neck,the detail,lighting,colour/tones and exposure and now i have seen this one i don't think that the ones that i took about 1 year ago were wonky,i thought because there was the downy bit at the back of the neck and the ones i had looked scrawny they were rotten so i binned them as the other ones looked not bad but like the pictures i had seen of woodpeckers.I'll know in care.AnnSmile
aussie 16
27 Oct 2006 9:58AM
Hi Greg,
Just pondering around the site and thought I might drop in and see some of your recent work. Have been away for some time off the site. Anyway, yet another brilliant photograph, keep it up. I love your photo's they are 'spot on' like you say!! See yah around.

Lydia / Australia
sputnki 17 10 Canada
27 Oct 2006 10:58AM
And here I was thinking you found this guy in Cabelas. I find birds a lot easier to shoot with my little 3x zoom when they're stuffed and mounted...


TessC 15 1 Ireland
27 Oct 2006 11:04AM
A beautiful image as always. Hope the weather is kind to you this weekend. We are hoping for a break in the rain and overcast dismalness ourselves! ... Nice work.
bricurtis Plus
15 2.5k 51 England
27 Oct 2006 11:53AM
After your recent episodes I am wondering is this guy 'STUFFED'. LOL.

JouŠo 17 56 Finland
27 Oct 2006 11:54AM
another beautiful capture, Sir Greg...

tull 17 181 United Kingdom
27 Oct 2006 1:27PM
Really beautiful Greg have a great weekend.

jeannie 16 United Kingdom
27 Oct 2006 2:22PM
A beautiful picture and classic pose. Have tried the peanut butter and seeds but sorry it must be an American taste cos my birds don't like it!!!! Oh well here goes another peanut butter sandwich for tea!!
27 Oct 2006 4:38PM
Nice bird on a nice piece of wood, on a nice background. Nice.
John (-:
27 Oct 2006 4:54PM
As always Greg - beautiful.

pcjackso Junior Member 16 7
27 Oct 2006 5:42PM
Peter is a beautiful Woodpecker,superb capture.wish I had them visit my garden.
scott_jessuk 15 249 1 Scotland
27 Oct 2006 6:04PM
Great shot Greg, as always perfectly framed and exposed. Hope you get some great shots this weekend, Have a good one.

Glostopcat 15 255 2 England
27 Oct 2006 7:01PM
Excellent shot Greg, so sharp and detailed. I see that you've returned to shooting smaller creatures after your daredevil exploits in Hamburg PA!
taggart Plus
16 47 14 United States
27 Oct 2006 7:23PM
Brilliant red on this woodpecker-- Well done! jennnnnnnnnn
chrisrudland 17 156 United Kingdom
27 Oct 2006 7:39PM
Incredible detail and colour.

Hawkgenes 16 10 United Kingdom
27 Oct 2006 8:55PM
Love this woodpecker shot. Great detail and a super composition. I keep hoping find one of these, but so far no luck

highlander 17 32 Scotland
28 Oct 2006 4:50AM
Well its almost 6 in the morning here Greg and I am heading out to see if there is a little magic around but your work is always an incentive for me to aspire to with that frame of mind I will try as hard as you achieve. Have a good weekend.
franken Plus
18 5.3k 4 United Kingdom
28 Oct 2006 9:53AM
Another stunning image with lovely colours and superb detail.

Joline Plus
15 34 59 United States
28 Oct 2006 4:15PM
Never tire of these attractive guys. Such a good image.
jan 1 17 12 Netherlands
29 Oct 2006 9:55AM
Hello Greg. A Very good Whoops. Well captured. Have a nice and dry Sunday.
kinfatric 16 550 9 Scotland
29 Oct 2006 4:38PM
beautiful work as is your portfolio
MickS 16 23 14 England
29 Oct 2006 7:49PM
Watcha Greg,
excellent shot and pose, hope this is a real bird and not another salesman's ploySmile
Ycmah 16 4 Australia
30 Oct 2006 12:49PM
An excellent work! Beautiful details!
yjjeep 17 13
30 Oct 2006 11:40PM
Nice contrast and tones in this one Greg.
angelamary 15 6 England
31 Oct 2006 11:49AM
Lovely shot... still bird free here, so could I have some of your spare woodpeckers?

Good catch!
PatrickSmith 16 1.2k 2 United States
31 Oct 2006 4:38PM
Great new profile shot! And this result speaks for itself. I watch them in my trees and I can see that they are tough to capture.
7 Nov 2006 4:11AM
love the clarity and details in the feathers and tree branch..what a beauty. happy to give it the 100th click.

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