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Canon EOS 5D
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400 mm
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Dec 9, 2010, 3:03:58 PM
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Winter Red-bellied Woodpecker by mydigitalmind Winter Red-bellied Woodpecker by mydigitalmind
Note: I decided to move this to scraps. There is something about it that bothers me - could be quality since I had to crop so much. I know I can get a better shot and am very determined to do so!

One of the newest regulars to my backyard who still has not figured out the suet feeder - I think the branches are too small for them since they like trunks. This is the female (she has a gray crown); the first one to come visit was male, so I do have a pair! I have not seen them together yet, but i do see them in my woods often now.

Shot though my sliding doors. This is a crop - the feeder is just above the upper boundary, which is why I have little surroundings.

Red-bellied Woodpecker (female)
Vestal, New York
Canon 5D / EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM

Melissa Mancuso Penta // All Rights Reserved
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:icondracoflameus:
DracoFlameus Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I personally don't see anything wrong with it. I like it! :)
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Awww thank you!!
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DracoFlameus Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome.
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animatorkennedy Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2010
Another nice shot. Although the pine needles just over the back are a little annoying to me. But that's just a tiny nit-pick with me. It looks like she was about to take off, since she seems to be leaning forward a bit.

Do you use a tripod for your shots? Or is your camera handheld? I've just gotten into serious photography this past year and I'm still learning. I definitely like nature photography the best though, and since I got my 70 - 300mm it has been far more fun.
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mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Please, be nit picky! Thank you for the feedback. I think she did take off not long after this shot.

I usually hand-hold my camera. I feel like there is never time to set up a tripod! Sometimes, I'll rest it either on my deck rails or, if I'm inside, on my desk which overlooks my sliding doors.
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SilverVulpine Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Brilliant! Red-bellied woodpeckers are awesome! :)
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you!
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SilverVulpine Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
My pleasure. :)
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2010
I love these :heart: but I always wonder why they're called red-bellied when they don't have any red on their bellies :giggle:
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mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
There is slight red on their bellies. I have other photos that show it better. They can't be called Red-headed because there is a another woodpecker with a full red head that stole that name :)
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2010
LOL, yeah, the woodpeckers that hang around our house (acorns) are red headed too...
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mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Ahhhhh acorn woodpeckers!!! They really fascinate me with the "acorn in the hole to draw out insects" routine. We don't get them, but I wish we did (even though I hear many non-bird lovers hate them)
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2010
I love watching their antics and listening to their family squabbles :love: but they are really destructive and annoying when they pound on the eves LOL...:thumb93633201:

here are some of the birds that like to knock on our walls :D :thumb183258082: :thumb183257876: :thumb171500176: :thumb174039805: :thumb174040323: :thumb89171494:
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mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
The thumbs don't work. I'll poke around your gallery when I have time later :)
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2010
Ooops! I forgot :blush: here's the link to my bird collection - that's where they all are...[link]
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SuicideBySafetyPin Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh! and great shot ;)
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mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Hehe thanks ;)
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SuicideBySafetyPin Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i am gonna have to figure out a way to get branches around my feeder...i get lots of sparrows but that's about it
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mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
I have the Wild Birds Unlimited pole system. They have so many add-ons including branch holders. The branches in this photo fell from a recent rain/wind storm. It was perfect!!
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SuicideBySafetyPin Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh i will have to check that out since i have no trees!
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MarianGutu Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2010
what a sweet little fellow! great catch!
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mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you!
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