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Woodpecker

By FeatherFriend
This is a shot taken at 'Stover Country Park' a couple of days ago. I must have waited around 3/4 hours waiting for him to perch himself in the tree nearby as this was the reason for waiting so long, and although he did perch beautifully, the tree was in almost darkness from the surrounding foliage. This Country Park has lost it's 'Bird Hide' due to some kind persons burning it down (how thoughtful) but now has an 'Aerial viewing platform' which puts you almost to the top of trees some 50-60 feet tall and they have 'feeders' dangling from the branches which are fastened by a series of pulleys at ground level. The only problem with this is that when the birds fly on to feed, the feeder goes round and round one way, stops and then reverses the opposite way.(what a joy). It's a case of getting them at the right moment on the merry go round and also in the spot where the sunlight peeps through. I have also uploaded the original so that you can see the shot in it's entirety. Sorry if this write up is a bit lengthy, but thought it would help any other members who decide to make a visit.
Many thanks to you all for your votes and comments on my 'Blue Tit fledgling', as ever I am most grateful for your kind support.
Regards.
Geoff.

f/5.6 1/200sec ISO320 H/Held.

Tags: Wildlife Birds Woodland Woodpecker Wildlife and nature

Voters: AlanC1, Cormy, photophantom and 104 more

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Comments


AlanC1 9 1 England
8 Jun 2008 9:11PM
Fantastic capture so much detail well done
Alan

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Cormy 8 3 England
8 Jun 2008 9:11PM
Awesome detail,great pic.
Cheers
Alan
photophantom 8 108 3 Philippines
8 Jun 2008 9:12PM
Magnificent details Geoff. Excellent exposure. Amazing shot here my friend. Very well done. Bravo!
Dennis
Paul_cats 10 61 22 Scotland
8 Jun 2008 9:15PM
No comment I give could reflect how fantastic this is so I will just give it my user award for the week. Well done.
Paul
vagabond 10 39 1 Wales
8 Jun 2008 9:15PM
great detail and light.
jeff
goso 9 2 1 Australia
8 Jun 2008 9:18PM
Beautifully taken....Bill
8 Jun 2008 9:20PM
What a cracking shot, looks very impressive cropped
Mike
jstock 8 2 Scotland
8 Jun 2008 9:20PM
This is a smashing shot Geoff, with the lighting really making it stand out. I'm especially intrigued to know what teleconverter you are using, since I use that same lens for bird shots. Looks like you are getting sharp results, but is the autofocus still usable?
Cheers, Jon
8 Jun 2008 9:21PM
well captured nice detail V1 for me Dawn
pluckyfilly Plus
9 350 33 United Kingdom
8 Jun 2008 9:21PM
fantastic shot Geoff your getting really good at the bird shots - I can understand your frustration in the wait and the feeders swinging around but you patience has been rewarded by this wonderful image - well done - love the intro BTW
lonely_oryx 8 61 54 England
8 Jun 2008 9:24PM
#1 is a cracker. Afraid I don't have the patience to even get a snapshot of this bird, let alone a quality image like this
FeatherFriend 8 38 217 England
8 Jun 2008 9:25PM

Quote:No comment I give could reflect how fantastic this is so I will just give it my user award for the week. Well done.
Paul


Paul, Thank you so much for your user award, I am quite taken by surprise, but also extremely grateful to you. Ideally, I am striving to get one in the classic pose in a tree but had no luck so far, will keep on trying though, once again, many thanks.
Geoff.
MickyMc 8 8 United Kingdom
8 Jun 2008 9:27PM
This is so unusual and very fantastic
Mavis
piccy 10 8 Wales
8 Jun 2008 9:29PM
How frustrating but you have a beautiful shot nevertheless.
Freda
FeatherFriend 8 38 217 England
8 Jun 2008 9:29PM

Quote:This is a smashing shot Geoff, with the lighting really making it stand out. I'm especially intrigued to know what teleconverter you are using, since I use that same lens for bird shots. Looks like you are getting sharp results, but is the autofocus still usable?
Cheers, Jon


Hi Jon, The teleconverter is a 1.4x Kenko TELEPLUS PRO 300 DG and yes, you get full autofocus throughout the range.
Geoff.
8 Jun 2008 9:37PM
Superb 1st class quality image. you did extremely well under the dizzying circumstances.
Chris
kitsch 10 439 4 United Kingdom
8 Jun 2008 9:55PM
this is excellent!
g_rex 11 8 United Kingdom
8 Jun 2008 10:00PM
A cracking shot. Nice and sharp.

Graeme
gary_d Plus
8 576 13 Wales
8 Jun 2008 10:07PM
Super shot and a good narrative Geoff. - gary
Great image. The GSW looks great against the dark BG
8 Jun 2008 10:11PM
Super shot, great detail,
Fred.
8 Jun 2008 10:21PM
absolutely breath taking image... !!
and can appreciate the difficulties.. stunning

Nikki !
nickyv32 9 135 England
8 Jun 2008 10:21PM
Hi Geoff, I have the same teleconverter, tell me do you use a tripod with it.
I seem to have focus problems hand held, ( I see that this one is hand held but do you normally)
Superb photo.

Nicky
FeatherFriend 8 38 217 England
8 Jun 2008 10:28PM

Quote:Hi Geoff, I have the same teleconverter, tell me do you use a tripod with it.
Superb photo.

Nicky


Hi Nicky, Thanks for your vote, all my shots are H/Held. I don't own a tripod but do have a monopod, rarely use it though as it gets in the way for my style of shooting.
Geoff.
Sezz 11 617 15 England
8 Jun 2008 10:30PM
Absolutely superb in every way!

Sez *
8 Jun 2008 10:36PM
WHAT A GREAT SHOT, LOVE IT.
MICK
buxton 8 England
8 Jun 2008 10:39PM
Terrific capture.
pamelajean Plus
10 958 1818 United Kingdom
8 Jun 2008 10:40PM
With that dark background, this is a stunning image. A bit of a nightmare to get, but it was well worth the wait.
viscostatic 10 34 5 United Kingdom
8 Jun 2008 10:44PM
Your patience rewarded with an excellent photograph.

Phil.
taggart Plus
11 46 12 United States
8 Jun 2008 10:46PM
prize winning capture-- this is absolutely superb!

Well worth the wait I would say!

Jennnn
RubberBullets 15 1 6 United Kingdom
8 Jun 2008 10:51PM
One of the best I've seen of yours Geoff, (and that's saying something) just a superb shot.

I walked round that walkway today! Last time I went to Stover it wasn't even open which gives you some idea of how long ago it was.

Brilliant.

Tim
8 Jun 2008 11:33PM
Great shot Geoff... fab detail and I love the lighting

Jon
tigertimb 8 40 66 United Kingdom
9 Jun 2008 12:04AM

Quote:Great shot Geoff... fab detail and I love the lighting

Jon


Almost the exact comment I was about to add; this is lovely Geoff
Tim
helenlinda Plus
9 343 22 United Kingdom
9 Jun 2008 12:06AM
What a wonderful pose. He's like a gymnast!!
Super shot
Helen
johnjrp 12 432 5 Australia
9 Jun 2008 4:52AM
Love the lighting and sharpness of this shot. Awesome capture. John
Buffalo_Tom Plus
10 2.3k 9 Wales
9 Jun 2008 5:23AM
You deserve a click for your patience.Beautiful detail and the dark B/G works for you in ths shot.Well done.
Tom.
greatdog 8 21 England
9 Jun 2008 6:40AM
Hi Geoff,great shot this one,sharp crisp detail shows the great colurs of the woodpecker,well worth the wait!.Thankyou for your kind comments and encouragement,prehaps i will try some static objects!!have a great week,Dane.
GalleryGirl 8 4 2 United Kingdom
9 Jun 2008 7:19AM
Wonderful shot. Superb detail and what a beautiful bird. Well done for the waiting it certainly paid off!
Marilyn x
Marian 10 62 England
9 Jun 2008 8:08AM
Lovely image, I really like the black background.
Marian
MandsH 9 England
9 Jun 2008 8:29AM
Cracking shot, like the close up V!
Mandy
Moj_o 8 10 United Kingdom
9 Jun 2008 9:15AM
Fabulous shot Smile

Betty
9 Jun 2008 9:51AM
Well worth the wait super shot. Sylvia
FeatherFriend 8 38 217 England
9 Jun 2008 9:53AM

Quote:Love the lighting and sharpness of this shot. Awesome capture. John

Hi John, many thanks for your User Award, I am very grateful for that and also your kind comments.
Geoff.
FeatherFriend 8 38 217 England
9 Jun 2008 9:57AM
Thanks everyone for your votes and comments, and for the 2 User Awards. I am overwhelmed with your response and continued support.
Geoff.
janet 14 27 England
9 Jun 2008 11:35AM
Well captured Geoff! Well worth the wait.

Jan.
9 Jun 2008 1:02PM
Well done Geoff. A great shot, and very well processed.
Smile Lucy
janty66 9 3 England
9 Jun 2008 1:06PM
Fantastic !!
gerrymac 9 10 1 United Kingdom
9 Jun 2008 1:32PM
Stunning image..love the black b/g
Gerry
Gaucho Plus
14 2.8k 2 United Kingdom
9 Jun 2008 1:50PM
Beautiful lighting!
Malcolm
franken Plus
13 3.9k 4 Wales
9 Jun 2008 2:00PM
Superb!

Ken
Bob_V 8 1 2 United States
9 Jun 2008 2:09PM
What an amazing capture, super work, all else has been said!
Bob
User_Removed 8 78 1 United Kingdom
9 Jun 2008 3:07PM
Superb Geoff.. bet your pleased with this and well worth the awards

dave
dianah 9 24.5k 4 United Kingdom
9 Jun 2008 3:14PM
Fantastic image Geoff..love version 1. Brilliant colour and clarity of light. Thank you for your really interesting text too.
Di
9 Jun 2008 4:37PM
V1 for me absolutely stunning, amazing. The details, colours are just out of this world.
harrattp 9 11 4 England
9 Jun 2008 4:50PM
What more need be said. Cracking shot!
Paul
9 Jun 2008 5:33PM
brilliant - just superb
bunbeam 10 2 United Kingdom
9 Jun 2008 7:54PM
well captured, amazing shot
bunSmile
Rylands 8 1 2 United Kingdom
9 Jun 2008 10:28PM
Simply excellent Geoff
Ray
ChristineL 11 39 United Kingdom
9 Jun 2008 10:51PM
great detail and lovely light and colour, well captured Geoff,
Chris.
phototime 10 8 United Kingdom
9 Jun 2008 11:06PM
Two wonderful shots,fantastic detail and colours.

Mo
digiray63 9 4 United Kingdom
9 Jun 2008 11:38PM
Superb capture Geoff, super detail, light and colour.
Ray
Dinney 8 2 England
10 Jun 2008 6:50AM
Super colours,detail and focus.excellent.
Gezina 9 3 6 United Kingdom
10 Jun 2008 9:56AM
Absolutely fantastic Geoff - your patience was well rewarded, and you made the most of it by taking this top shot. Friend of ours get GSWP on their feeders and asked me to take some shots but they hang on a chain and the WP hit it so hard coming in that it still swings when he's long gone - needless to say about 100 shots later I had to give up. Ina
plugin 11 1 Canada
10 Jun 2008 1:02PM
Totally awesome!!
Jim
microchip 9 1 United Kingdom
10 Jun 2008 7:46PM
A superb detailed capture well worth the effort,
Alan
dweezil 8 1 England
10 Jun 2008 9:58PM
Stunning image well worth the wait
thanks for the kind words on my bird of prey it means a lot
Craig
rmr 9 1 Wales
11 Jun 2008 6:17PM
superb colours and detail captured
well done
mark
Maiwand Plus
9 3 71 England
11 Jun 2008 7:59PM
Well seen and captured Geoff. I do like the way the bird is highlighted by the darkened BG. Gives the Woodie great emphasis.
Ron
12 Jun 2008 12:29PM
cracking woody capture geoff,well done.
ian
Pegon 11 78 1 England
14 Jun 2008 11:02PM
Just superb.
Pete.
dmhuynh72 8 44 3 United Kingdom
16 Jun 2008 10:46PM
excellent lighting. well done
MikeRC Plus
11 3.6k United Kingdom
21 Jun 2008 10:27AM
...what a brilliant shot :

....Mike
franfoto 8 2 32 England
22 Jun 2008 6:15PM
Can't add anything to what has already been said about this image. just amazing.
Fran
dwoody 8 United Kingdom
5 Jul 2008 8:46PM
Superb detail and colour. Well done
David
FeatherFriend 8 38 217 England
5 Jul 2008 9:28PM
Many thanks for your rather special vote David as this takes it to 100, very much apprecited.
Geoff.
HectorRivera 9 17 1 United States
13 Jul 2008 4:03AM
Excellent
Dave87 9 42 5 England
30 Jul 2008 10:30PM
Best described as - work of the finest order - and a real pleasure to view. Easy to see why this shot has over 100 votes - its super. The light on this shot is spot on, superbly captured, and together with the dark BG all works extremely well together. Love it, and well done to this man.

Dave.
19 Aug 2008 10:08AM
Beautiful gallery, fantastic

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