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gjtoth Feb 26, 2010 3:52 PM

Hairy Woodpecker... Finally!
 
I saw this guy only once before. It's difficult to tell from a Downy but he IS slightly larger and more oval-shaped. The tip-off? What looks like hair around
his nostrils to keep out the wood chips! Honest! That's what I JUST found out.

http://toths.us/GJTP/main.php?cmd=im...&var2=1024_100

http://toths.us/GJTP/main.php?cmd=im...&var2=1024_100

Eetu Feb 26, 2010 3:57 PM

Hi gjtoth, say I really think that this woodpecker really sharp... unbelievable, the feathers... they can't be better... I would have liked to see the woodpecker going at the tree, rather than this green feeder... but that is my opinion.

Thanks.

Ned

Chato Feb 26, 2010 4:33 PM

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Originally Posted by gjtoth (Post 1058218)
I saw this guy only once before. It's difficult to tell from a Downy but he IS slightly larger and more oval-shaped. The tip-off? What looks like hair around
his nostrils to keep out the wood chips! Honest! That's what I JUST found out.

You outdid youself with this first shot! Really, really crisp without being overdone. Superb shot of this bird!!!

Dave

Goldwinger Feb 26, 2010 4:42 PM

Good one Gary!

Hards80 Feb 26, 2010 5:08 PM

way to go gary!

nicely captured, and thanks for pointing out the differences!

gjtoth Feb 26, 2010 9:49 PM

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Originally Posted by Eetu (Post 1058221)
Hi gjtoth, say I really think that this woodpecker really sharp... unbelievable, the feathers... they can't be better... I would have liked to see the woodpecker going at the tree, rather than this green feeder... but that is my opinion.

Thanks.

Ned

Thanks, Ned. I would have preferred him a more natural setting but sometimes we just can't be too choosy.;)


Quote:

Originally Posted by Chato (Post 1058238)
You outdid youself with this first shot! Really, really crisp without being overdone. Superb shot of this bird!!!

Dave

Quote:

Originally Posted by Goldwinger (Post 1058241)
Good one Gary!

Quote:

Originally Posted by Hards80 (Post 1058248)
way to go gary!

nicely captured, and thanks for pointing out the differences!

Thanks, guys! I consider myself lucky to capture him at all. He was in, had lunch, and was outta there! Oddly enough, I did a double-take and thought, "Man! That's a good-sized Downy." Then, it hit me. Not Downy... Hairy, and scrambled to turn on the camera. The part about the nostril filters I had JUST read about.

Eetu Feb 27, 2010 3:58 AM

gjtoth, may I ask what lense did you use... what mm, if you remember, did you use... I just can't get over the detail in the feathers... the detail and colours are beyond good. Your lense and camera served you well. Thanks again for sharing these beautiful pictures.

gjtoth Feb 27, 2010 6:31 AM

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Originally Posted by Eetu (Post 1058404)
gjtoth, may I ask what lense did you use... what mm, if you remember, did you use... I just can't get over the detail in the feathers... the detail and colours are beyond good. Your lense and camera served you well. Thanks again for sharing these beautiful pictures.

Ned, I used the 70-300mm.

Width: 1605 pixels
Height: 2248 pixels
Camera Brand: OLYMPUS IMAGING CORP.
Camera Model: E-620
Date Taken: 2010:02:26 16:03:27
Exposure Time: 1/500 sec.
ISO Speed Rating: 100
Flash Fired: Flash did not fire.
Metering Mode: Spot
Exposure Program: Manual
Focal Length: 300.0 mm

And, I inadvertently had the WB set to "Shade".

fldspringer Feb 27, 2010 6:38 AM

Hi Gary,

That 70-300 is really the ticket for you. You are getting some nice shots with it! :sport-smiley-004:

Now the bad part. :( I think that's a Downy too. The Harry is quite alot larger than a Downy, but that's hard to tell from a photo. The other main difference is the bill, which is what it the main reason I think your (excellent) pic is the Downy. The Harry has a much longer bill that tapers off much slower. Other than size and the bill, they are carbon copies of each other.

We have both around here. The Downy's are all around, but the Harry's don't like showing at the feeder when something different is around, like me and a 300mm lens.

Greg

gjtoth Feb 27, 2010 6:49 AM

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Originally Posted by fldspringer (Post 1058438)
Hi Gary,

That 70-300 is really the ticket for you. You are getting some nice shots with it! :sport-smiley-004:

Now the bad part. :( I think that's a Downy too. The Harry is quite alot larger than a Downy, but that's hard to tell from a photo. The other main difference is the bill, which is what it the main reason I think your (excellent) pic is the Downy. The Harry has a much longer bill that tapers off much slower. Other than size and the bill, they are carbon copies of each other.

We have both around here. The Downy's are all around, but the Harry's don't like showing at the feeder when something different is around, like me and a 300mm lens.

Greg

Thanks, Greg. My book doesn't mention the bill hence I went mainly size and the nostril hairs - both mentioned as ID factors. Dang. Thought I had one. :(

fldspringer Feb 27, 2010 7:04 AM

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Originally Posted by gjtoth (Post 1058441)
Thanks, Greg. My book doesn't mention the bill hence I went mainly size and the nostril hairs - both mentioned as ID factors. Dang. Thought I had one. :(

This one I know is a Downy.

http://www.spanielsport.com/photos/7...0_ZeJrn-XL.jpg

I'll see if I can grab a shot of a Harry through the window sometime for ID purposes.

Greg

Eetu Feb 27, 2010 7:08 AM

Awesome... as with gjtoth, your detail is superb, excellent colour... Very well done!

Ned

fldspringer Feb 27, 2010 8:31 AM

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Originally Posted by Eetu (Post 1058445)
Awesome... as with gjtoth, your detail is superb, excellent colour... Very well done!

Ned

Enough of the excellent detail and color stuff:eek: as this one is only for identification only.

I just took this through a dirty window, complete with screen with a hand held 1200mm EFL with the ISO cranked up in a vain effort to get enough shutter speed.

It does show the longer, more slender bill of the Harry, however.

http://www.spanielsport.com/photos/7...4_YgHKb-XL.jpg


Greg

gjtoth Feb 27, 2010 9:35 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by fldspringer (Post 1058458)
Enough of the excellent detail and color stuff:eek: as this one is only for identification only.

I just took this through a dirty window, complete with screen with a hand held 1200mm EFL with the ISO cranked up in a vain effort to get enough shutter speed.

It does show the longer, more slender bill of the Harry, however.

Greg

Yeah... who needs all that detail anyways? And, color... Highly overrated! :D :D

Thanks for the info!

penolta Feb 27, 2010 12:41 PM

In addition to the difference in overall size and bill size and shape, and in most parts of the country, there is also a difference in the outer tail feathers, which in Hairys are entirely white, and in Downys have a variable amount of black barring towards the end - Greg's example shows only one black spot (an incomplete bar) - usually there are more. There is also a difference in the voice - you would have to have heard both to tell them apart. There are probably other differences in behavior, too - after all, they have to tell each other apart! :speechless-smiley:

Chato Feb 27, 2010 2:05 PM

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Originally Posted by penolta (Post 1058557)
In addition to the difference in overall size and bill size and shape, and in most parts of the country, there is also a difference in the outer tail feathers, which in Hairys are entirely white, and in Downys have a variable amount of black barring towards the end - Greg's example shows only one black spot (an incomplete bar) - usually there are more. There is also a difference in the voice - you would have to have heard both to tell them apart. There are probably other differences in behavior, too - after all, they have to tell each other apart! :speechless-smiley:

Heheheh! With you on this board, when I post shots of these boids, I will refer to them, as "Dis is dat little guy with a red spot on his hed, and he's hair legally. He makes a liven by bangen his hed inta trees"

Dave

penolta Feb 27, 2010 5:21 PM

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Originally Posted by Chato (Post 1058600)
Heheheh! With you on this board, when I post shots of these boids, I will refer to them, as "Dis is dat little guy with a red spot on his hed, and he's hair legally. He makes a liven by bangen his hed inta trees"
Dave

I think most photographers would want to know what it is they are photographing - I wouldn't worry about slipping up or asking for help - it is a good way to learn, and I am always happy to be of help. ;)


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