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Great Spotted Woodpecker female

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

Tags: Wildlife and nature

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RustyBoy 9 10 United Kingdom
20 Mar 2013 4:22PM
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 12 275 1 United States
20 Mar 2013 5:15PM
Beautifully captured.
iancrowson Plus
7 211 146 United Kingdom
20 Mar 2013 5:27PM
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.
JuBarney 6 25 3 United Kingdom
20 Mar 2013 5:43PM
Super detailed shot
paulbroad 10 123 1181 United Kingdom
20 Mar 2013 7:22PM
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.

banehawi 13 1.7k 3747 Canada
20 Mar 2013 7:38PM
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.


chase Plus
12 1.1k 246 England
21 Mar 2013 9:10AM
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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