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By leeg  
Great Spotted Woodpecker taken at Yarner wood this morning.
Light wasn't kind as the sun was straight down the lens, but fortunately, behind this tree! BG is a bit bright and distracting for me, but these have eluded me for a long time, so I'll take what I can!! This is one of only two frames I managed to get. They don't stay still for long when people are around!!


Tags: Wildlife and nature

Voters: chinny, Simon_Whitehouse, tim g and 24 more

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kenp 16 96 United Kingdom
1 Apr 2006 4:18AM
perfect picture!..everything is right,well done!..Ken
PatMo 16
1 Apr 2006 4:18AM
nice shot
terry_cavner 17 332 United Kingdom
1 Apr 2006 4:24AM
Nice One...........
cyclopse 17 229
1 Apr 2006 4:38AM
i also have been tring to capture one of these this morning mine wouldnt keep still

i like this a lot well done

pcjackso Junior Member 16 7
1 Apr 2006 8:03AM
A Stunning shot.
albi 17 68 1 England
1 Apr 2006 8:16AM
Yes the b/g is a bit bright, but the its the bird we're looking at and thats pin sharp and well exposed in tricky conditions.

Congrats on nailing a woody.

PS: Make your own feeder for them out of an old log, doesn't take them long to find it, and you can place it where you want.

Nice work Graeme.
John_Lee 16 1 United Kingdom
1 Apr 2006 9:00AM
IME given the difficulty of capturing these birds guess you'll be fairly pleased with this one taking into account the constraints you've listed. Exposure and detail on the bird is good, but the whole photo looks washed out to me. Perhaps a combination of the very bright BG and whites on the bird, but almost looks like a whitish sheen to it - but it's a keeper 'til you get a better opportunity.
Andy_Britten Junior Member 16 96 England
1 Apr 2006 10:21AM
Cracking shot, they really aren't easy. I uploaded one as well. For me this photo is great.
1 Apr 2006 11:45AM
Beautiful image. well done. click!!
deemac 16 6 11 United Kingdom
1 Apr 2006 11:51AM
One good thing about the lighting was that you managed to capture a good bit of detail in both the dark and light areas. I think the overall "washed out" feeling comes mainly from that bright b/g, but as John says, it's definitely a keeper for now - and you will get more opportunities as these woodpeckers are becoming quite common. I see them without fail at Bicton, even 2 or 3 at a time, though they don't always perch in ideal places, and when they do it's not for long. And inevitably when everything came together for that perfect shot this morning... my camera battery went dead :o(

C'est la vie!


p.s. just in case you don't already know, this is the female - no red patch on the back of the head.
chinny 17 492 United Kingdom
4 Apr 2006 12:27PM
This deserves a lot more attention than you have, its a stunning shot, I'd be chuffed to have it in my PF.
KBan 17 512 4 United Kingdom
16 Apr 2006 12:32PM
superb that's all i can say
Julian 17 76 3 United Kingdom
3 Aug 2006 12:21PM
Great lighting and detail.


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