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Woodpecker of the Year by clippercarrillo Woodpecker of the Year by clippercarrillo
I was going back over a billion files, playing with effects, and as usual, deleting the play, when I looked at this young male flicker shot, and I thought, well, that's about as good as I've gotten woodpeckerwise, so I'd better upload it for my DA bird-pals. After all, his beak is open, we can see his crest, and the yellow of his wings and under-tail can be seen. How likely is that? Note to Erin: this native red bud tree was planted ten feet from where I planned to hide with the lens, and the branches were trimmed (as you can see), so that a bird would one day stand just like this as he reaches for food (in this case it hangs four inches or so to the right of his beak). Its a tripod shot, of course, and he certainly wouldn't be there if I were moving around. Its a set up shot. So much for Wild Kingdom. But this was during the peak of last summer's killer drought in Kansas, and I don't think this chick would have made it, were it not for the food and water Nana and I supplied, so if he had to work as my model, its only fair!!! The colors have not been saturated, so they look soft, but that is because he's an immature bird.
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soushirousagi Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful shot! :)
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mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Hello :aww: Your photo has been featured as one of #Bird-Photography's and/or #Birds-Club's top submissions for the month of February. You can visit the article which also contains other beautiful bird art here: [link]

There is no need to reply, we just want to show off the great artwork of our group!
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Chazzier Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013
Despite the high ISO this looks wonderful. It's good that you had the 600mm lens; I suppose for a real bird fancier a lens that long is irreplaceable.
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TurquoiseMoon Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Excellent. Thank you for the note, Rene.
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clippercarrillo Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thanks, Erin. If they come back with a chick this year, I will have ways in store to improve the shot.
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JoeCorreia Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Professional Photographer
AWESOME SHOT AND THE TIME YOU TOOK TO SHARE THE STORY OF THE SHOT IS TRULY VALUABLE! THANK YOU!
:) :) :) :heart:
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clippercarrillo Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thanks, Joe.
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JoeCorreia Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Professional Photographer
:)
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rfschenk Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cool shot:)
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clippercarrillo Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thanks, Richard!
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mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Very cool. Love the pose!
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clippercarrillo Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thanks, Melissa. I was just drooling over your Costa Rica hummingbird shots. Wowy-zowey, what a bird! Always, I try to figure out what makes us like to try to "capture" birds. Peterson said, in the introduction to his field guide, that it is our attraction to their vitalness. That was not the last word he coined. The next was, "birdlet", in his description of the ruby crowned kinglet. There's this cool falcon hunting my birds lately (she's missed so far), but I missed the shot, so I have no positive ID. Keep up the good work with your two fine groups.

Rene
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mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I love capturing their beauty and sharing it with people who have no idea what types of birds are out there. I like the word "birdlet" - I'll have to use it LOL. Perhaps your falcon is a Merlin? They would tend to stalk feeders. I only get Coopers and Sharp-shinned Hawks who stalk my birds. Would love a Merlin one day!!
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arcadian7 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
excellent photo!
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clippercarrillo Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thanks, Donna.
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SilverVulpine Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Magnificent capture! :aww:
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clippercarrillo Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thanks, Billy. From a birder's point of view, it is rather extreme. Wish the background had more color. C'est la vie.
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SilverVulpine Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome. :)
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Laur720 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Lovely. I have yet to see a flicker.
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clippercarrillo Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Professional Photographer
Looked at your shots & I'm gonna guess you live in Jersey, so you'll see one sooner or later. Look for the white rump as they fly away.
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Laur720 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
yes I do, good guess. I will have to look for one. I just got an issue of a magazine called birds and blooms and a flicker was on the cover. I hope I get one on my feeder. I will keep an eye out.
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firestorm152 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome shot. I love flickers.
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clippercarrillo Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Professional Photographer
They are incredible birds. The father feeds the chick after it fledges, just like cardinals do, but in this case he crams the food down his gullet. Got to watch them close during the drought.
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pearwood Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
A gem of a shot.
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clippercarrillo Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Professional Photographer
High praise, coming from you, Steven. Thanks.
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pearwood Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Heh. You and your birds far outdo me.
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Speck2 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I think it is great!! :clap:
Cindy
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clippercarrillo Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thanks, Cindy. I'm a woodpecker freak, as you can tell.
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Speck2 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Naww wouldn't have known LOL :giggle:
Cindy
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