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Catch of the day

Discussion in 'Birds' started by dmwphoto, Nov 19, 2005.

  1. Did not do all that well today, but I do like this one. These warblers are thick in the swamp and eating all the berries they can before heading south.

    this is some type of woodpecker but I have been unable to ID it. Possibly a Hairy woodpecker but I am not convinced. Any ideas?

  2. Cool shots Dave.....great exposure on #1...I like it the best:smile:
  3. mrtac2man


    Jun 3, 2005
    for your id on the wood pecker i pulled out all the stops..looks to me to be a lesser spotted woodpecker.. there are 3 spotted woodpeckers.. from the lesser to the great but from what i can read the lesser is most like the one you show here... its name is Dendrocopos minor.. . gald i could help

  4. Mike- thanks!
    Tim- tell me what resource you used? Appreciate your efforts.
  5. Nice shots Dave. Sometimes I think the little ones are harder to get then the big ones...
  6. mrtac2man


    Jun 3, 2005
    Dave Ihave several birding books.. my love for bird has been with me since childhood.. took about 3 books before i found this one of yours.... i am pretty sure i have the id correct..but others might know for sure...


    ps also lots of searches on the internet to check before i posted.. search lesser spotted woodpecker...
  7. mrtac2man


    Jun 3, 2005
    here is a little article on spotted woodpeckers..

    The Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos minor) is a member of the woodpecker family Picidae. The genus is sometimes incorrectly spelt as Dendrocopus.

    The range of the Lesser Spotted or Barred Woodpecker is palearctic, but several subspecies are recognised.

    From its small size and its habit of spending most of its time in the tops of tall trees in woods and parks, this little woodpecker is often overlooked, but if sighted on a trunk it may at once be identified by the broad barring on the wings and narrower bars across the lower back.

    The male has a crimson crown, a brown forehead, a black superciliary stripe, and another from the base of the bill to the neck. The nape and upper back are black, but the lower back is barred with black and white. On the wings are broader and more conspicuous bars, and the outer tail feathers are also barred. The under parts are white with streaks on the flanks. The bill and legs are slate-grey.

    In the female the crown is white, but the young birds of both sexes have more or less crimson on the head. There are no marked seasonal changes.

    Its habits are very similar to those of the Great Spotted Woodpecker, and it has the same stumpy appearance, almost triangular, when bounding from tree to tree. Its note is a repeated "keek", loud for so small a bird, and its vibrating rattle can with experience be distinguished from that of the larger species. This substitute for a song may be heard at all times, but most frequently when courtship begins early in the year.

    Its insect food is similar to that of the Great Spotted Woodpecker. When hunting for wood-boring larvae it chips away at the rotten wood, and the litter at the foot of a tree is often the first indication that insects are attacking upper branches. At night it roosts in old holes.

    A litter of chips is also a guide to a nesting hole, for the bird does not always carry these away when excavating. The hole is usually at a considerable height above the ground and may be so high as 30 or 40 feet. It is a smaller burrow than that of the Great Spotted Woodpecker, measuring from 1 to 2 inches in diameter.

    The shaft varies, the nesting cavity being often a foot or more below the entrance. Five to eight highly polished white eggs are laid upon wood dust and chips in the latter half of May, and a single brood is the rule. Both birds help to incubate. Occasionally an old or natural hollow is used or enlarged.

    Retrieved from "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lesser_Spotted_Woodpecker"
  8. i must refer to you on other ID matters, very impressive Tim
  9. mrtac2man


    Jun 3, 2005
    Dave i have done some other searching also on this bird.. if its a lesser spotted woodpecker. it is very rare in the USA for what i can tell..but with the colors i am seeing it is a lesser... great find ...

  10. eng45ine


    May 11, 2005
    Chicago, IL
    Nice shooting Dave. These images are very nice...I assume the you were using AF but I am wondering how you focused with the twigs and whatnot in the way.
  11. frank
    I manually focused these on the eye. Autofocus does not cut it for me in the wild. Thanks for looking and commenting.
  12. Jim,
    Thanks for the comments. I think you are right. I set up looking for a bald eagle that has taken up residence here. He is a bit camera shy so I spent my time on available targets. It was a tough day tho as lighting was harsh and birds were skittish.
  13. Thorgal


    May 2, 2005
    Perfect detail, splendid light fantastic colors great work!!!
  14. Tough to shoot through the branches. You did very well with these!!
  15. Thanks Kevin, very dificult to get a clean line of sight where I am shooting. So I have to manually focus.
  16. Thanks, these were done with the aid of the SB-800.
  17. First of all Dave nice sharp well exposed images.

    My only nit on theses is those darn twigs and such.
    Sorry if I ramble, in yellow rumbled warbler. the twig right near the beak looks like it is touching and appears like it is a continuation of the beak.

    In the Woodpecker shots those darn twigs are distracting...

    Sorry for the nits... just trying to be constructive... Just my 2 cents FWIW

    Just a suggestion

    Check out http://www.naturephotographers.net in regrad to some images of Avian Photography.
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