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18 August 2005 @ 05:56 pm
Woodpeckers  
You can hear them at work, but can rarely see them and if they see you before you see them, they just go on the other side of the tree! To even see them, you sometimes need a lot of patience. And then there are times when they just come to a tree near you and give you wonderful demostrations of their skills - moments to cherish.



A female Greater Flameback



A female Streak-throated woodpecker


A male Yellow-crowned woodpecker (cropped image)


A male White-bellied woodpecker - the largest in our parts probably the most beautiful one as well! :)


Rufous woodpecker



 
 
 
goofy_duck2004: Leaves n Lightgoofy_duck2004 on August 18th, 2005 08:52 am (UTC)
You are right - the White-bellied woodpecker is beautiful. I didnt know there were so many kinds though. Infact the White-bellied woodpecker is the only one among these that fit my image of a woodpecker - one which has a long beak :) The others also do but this one has the longest of them all and it sticks out.

With every post of yours, i learn something new. Glad i befriended you :)
Yathinyathin on August 18th, 2005 08:59 am (UTC)
Btw ... These are just 5 of the 11 species we get in south India and there are some 34 species in India alone. :)

There's one called the Heart-spotted woodpecker which has spots in the shape of a heart on it's wings!!! I've seen it once and am dying to catch a glimpse again... here is an image of that bird on OBI.
Bhavanabhavanar on August 18th, 2005 04:02 pm (UTC)
Amazing! I like them all! But yes, the white-bellied one with the red head looks great!
Premnath Kudvapremkudva on August 19th, 2005 12:59 am (UTC)
These are just 5 of the 11 species we get in south India and there are some 34 species in India alone

There is one brown backed one with a reddish head that come to the unoccupied, tree filled plot behind our house. Looks beautiful. From memory it doesn't look like any of the above.
Yathinyathin on August 19th, 2005 01:45 am (UTC)
It's in all probability a Flameback (first pic) ... there are 3 (Common, Greater, Black-rumped) of them which look very similar and it could be one of them.
Premnath Kudvapremkudva on August 19th, 2005 01:47 am (UTC)
I'll have a better look next time and come back here.
teemus on August 18th, 2005 09:04 am (UTC)
Dude, do you have an honourary Ph.D. in ornithology? If not, you deserve one.
Yathinyathin on August 18th, 2005 09:18 am (UTC)
Dude... you have not met vijayr. Not for too long though ... :p

Anyways, ornithology is one bloody tough thing and I really have a long long way to go to even consider myself a birwatcher, let alone an ornithologist! :)
sandeepdeepsan on August 19th, 2005 02:30 am (UTC)
modest fella!
IdahoSwedeidahoswede on August 18th, 2005 09:06 am (UTC)
Superb as always, yathin. I really like the rufous shot.
kewldeaf on August 18th, 2005 10:04 am (UTC)
How beautiful. Man you are genius. :>
ZuZusuzan_s on August 18th, 2005 02:12 pm (UTC)
Beautiful
Yathin, you are truly talented with that camera. I like the yellow crown one. Do birds have personalities 'cause this guy looks like he would be pretty feisty! We have Red Headed Woodpeckers here at he lake that have head almost as big as my fist...they are magnificent.
Eppendorfseppendorfs on August 18th, 2005 08:02 pm (UTC)
Oh , i think the yellow crowned one is the cutest! :)
Very nice pics... u really enjoy what u do!
ashbirderashbirder on August 19th, 2005 12:22 am (UTC)

f-a-b-u-l-o-u-s!!
my favourite is whitebellied as well. its drumming echoes in the forest like some unearthly sound.

great pics :))
Yathinyathin on August 19th, 2005 02:18 am (UTC)
> its drumming echoes in the forest like some unearthly sound

Absolutely. The first time I heard it, I was very excited about seeing one but had to wait for 2-3 more days to actually see it. :)
Preethifiveonehalf on August 22nd, 2005 02:21 am (UTC)
didn't know woodpeckers were so CUTE! :)
(Anonymous) on September 1st, 2005 06:11 am (UTC)
exposure?
Those twigs make life very hard...

How do you meter the fotos..do you pre-calculate exposure or just bracket?

some of of other fotos I've seen are very pretty.

Also , can you share the exif info on selected ones.....

Yathinyathin on September 1st, 2005 06:25 am (UTC)
Re: exposure?
> How do you meter the fotos..do you pre-calculate exposure or just bracket?

I use the standard Matrix metering mode. After the first shot, I do take a look at the pic and adjust exposure if it does not seem all right - a big advantage of digital photography.


> can you share the exif info on selected ones.

Think I should try and attach the exif to pics