Woody Woodpecker


Link Posted 24/01/2020 - 09:48
I have been trying to get a decent picture of a woodpecker for a few years now but never managed it. We have recently purchased a bungalow to do up and I was talking to someone the other day and they mentioned a wood which is well known for birds which is on the way to the property so I decided to stop and have a look. Took the K-1 and 150-450mm just in case.

First one was a bit far away

Woodpecker by Mike.Pursey, on Flickr

Bit closer

Woodpecker by Mike.Pursey, on Flickr


Woodpecker by Mike.Pursey, on Flickr
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Link Posted 24/01/2020 - 10:04
Well done Mike...nice shots. I actually prefer the middle one as it shows the whole bird.

I go jogging in some local woods and hear these all the time...but can be very difficult to spot amongst foliage...winter probably the best time to get them.
I've yet to get any shots of them...so congratulations.




Link Posted 24/01/2020 - 11:37
2nd one is great portrait of one. We get them in the garden, and Green ones, but difficult to get decent shots of them because of their nervousness (and the cats don't help either!)

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Link Posted 24/01/2020 - 12:12
Same as Karlo, I prefer the middle shot for the same reason, well done on 3 excellent captures


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K1 - Sigma 85mm F1.4, Pentax DFA 150 -450 F4.5 / 5.6, Pentax DFA* 24 - 70 F2.8

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Link Posted 24/01/2020 - 13:00
I actually prefer the third.

But then, see my sig...

Some people call me 'strange'.
I prefer 'unconventional'.
But I'm willing to compromise and accept 'eccentric'.


Link Posted 25/01/2020 - 13:02
Cheers, must admit I prefer the second one as well
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Link Posted 25/01/2020 - 21:04
And I have a preference for the first (with, perhaps, a bit of cropping out of the bottom part?) for its slightly mysterious air, the abstractness of the out of focus branches in the background, and the subtle colour palette.
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