After posting an old foto yesterday, here is a brand new one, shot this morning from a tree in my yard.
"The Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) is a medium-sized woodpecker of the Picidae family... Its common name is somewhat misleading, as the most prominent red part of its plumage is on the head; the Red-headed Woodpecker however is another species that is a rather close relative but looks quite different."
Here, in close proximity, you see a male, a nesting hole, and a juvenile female mockingbird. These birds are fairly common here, and when they are hammering out their nesting holes (here, it is in a dead branch of a Sycamore), they cannot be missed, rapping out a loud tap-tap-tap-tap against the wood. Recently, scientists have studied these birds' cranial anatomy to look for ways to improve the protection provided by helmets for motorcyclists or athletes. See http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2011-10/27/woodpecker-head
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AdrianWrobel (1676) 2013-06-13 13:14
Heil, podoba mi się ten klimat w ujęciu Twoim. Zieleń jest okey. Pozdrawiam - Adrian
Royaldevon (38395) 2013-06-13 15:20
I'd be delighted to see such birds at close quarters in my garden. It is very rare that we see woodpeckers, though we can hear them nearby.
This is a very good shot. The hollow tree makes a fine perch for the bird, which is strongly positioned in the frame and nicely balanced by the junior.
Lovely textural details achieved by a narrow dof, with a great bokeh in the b/g.
My warm regards,
rigoletto (34279) 2013-06-13 15:57
i feel like i sat down again to write a pseudo-shakespearean monologue. i wish i could use some rhymes as well :)
first of all, i want to say, i love birds (my favourites being hummingbirds, storks, owls & doves), woody woodpecker is one of my childhood icons, therefore there is no way i can stay mute upon seeing "any" version of this photo.
then, i want to utter some words as a re-reply to your last reply to me.
i love what you did here. don't necessarily need to know about your cropping, which seemingly brought the perception of them being closer. but hey, this is no pp at all according to my book, you could do this even with zooming in a little bit more to your subjects (where you already used a full 200 mm.s, i could never do it with my humble 55 mm.s capacity).
if this were a photo to be used in a scientific article, i would use it without hesitation, provided that i would already give some numbers about how close these birdies get, what their actual sizes are, what their natural environment is etc etc. so, i see nothing scientifically inaccurate here (if you changed the red-head feathers to blue or green, then it would of course be scientifically non-ethical, but maybe artistically interesting, though i saw many B&W photos in articles, which i cannot claim to be non-ethical, because then the scientist has to tell the correct color already)
coming back to the "reality in photography" issue, and about what the photojournalists, or we have to do... well, for me, it is also quite debateable because of the "human" element in there.
photographers and photojournalists are humans with unique backgrounds, perceptions and different abilities of conveying what they see. lets take for example, a recent issue, a demonstration on the streets of istanbul. that same event can be photographed in billons of different forms and each would be scientifically and politically correct (i don't even consider any interruptions with pp tools).
you can zoom in a single protester's face and thus convey the fury on the face, or you can use a wide angle / high pov, which captures the crowds, then you can say the crowds has that fury. you can lie down on the ground and focusing on the face of the lone protester, now showing him like an omnipotent colossus - a hero fighting for democratic rights, or you can show him like a monster anarchist who wishes to spoil the peace of society.
(max. 3000 characters allowed here, the rest is in the forum)
eldancer1 (36343) 2013-06-18 9:16
Wow! I'm jealous, I have to travel far only with hope of finding a woodpecker but you only have to look out your backyard to find one. Awesome capture of those birds. Good pov and nice details. Very well done, tfs.
(I thought about cloning the pelican from photo of the misty morning but I think the pelican providing a living thing or life to the composition.)
AROBN54 (11475) 2013-08-12 12:49
Ah, now that is a really cool shot! Great DOF, lovely natural color. I love the shape of the tree they are on and the position of the mockingbird looking over its shoulder with the woodpecker seemingly oblivious to its presence. Very nice sharpness and detail, too. I love bird photos! Many thanks and kindest wishes,
- Copyright: Russ Ham (EstudioChispa) (2174)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-06-13
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Nikon D5000, Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.6 AF-S VR DX
- Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1000 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Photos from your house [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2013-06-13 11:18