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The Gila Woodpecker
The Gila Woodpecker
AzCKelly


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Wildlife III (Advanced Editing V)
Camera: Nikon D70s
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 55-200mm f/4.0-5.6G ED
Location: Tucson, AZ
Date: Jan 21, 2007
Aperture: F5.6
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/500 sec
Galleries: Nature, Animals
Date Uploaded: Jan 21, 2007

Love these little guys, the nest in saguaro cactus.

//wc.pima.edu/~bfiero/tucsonecology/animals/birds_giwo.htm

Shot in raw, the back light is actually a flash bouncing off the inside of the saguaro cactus.

Statistics
Place: 111 out of 218
Avg (all users): 5.7647
Avg (commenters): 6.2500
Avg (participants): 5.6757
Avg (non-participants): 5.8333
Views since voting: 653
Views during voting: 392
Votes: 255
Comments: 12
Favorites: 0


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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/28/2007 09:56:33 PM
This is wonderful. It takes a moment to notice the bird peeping out of the cactus.
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01/27/2007 03:21:58 PM
I love this shot but sadly the bird just doesn't look sharp. 9
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01/27/2007 08:55:07 AM
What a neat shot of an unusual habitat! The texture of the cactus dominates but eventually leads one to the cavity. Great shot!
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01/26/2007 08:21:41 PM
i like it, but the focus isn't really on the bird. I like the creativity though.
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01/26/2007 09:03:26 AM
Wow, what a find!
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01/25/2007 12:08:52 AM
Would be perfect if the pecker was in focus. Also, because it's dark, some fill flash (but not if they are nesting)
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01/24/2007 01:54:11 AM
How cute that it lives in a cactus! If you could bring out the red on the head and lighten up the face a little it would really highlight the bird, I think.
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01/23/2007 10:52:07 AM
A good pic of the bird albeit slightly overwhelmed by the cactus.
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01/22/2007 07:12:24 PM
Unique presentation. Almost missed the bird though.
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01/22/2007 03:48:34 PM
I love the way you captured his environment. This is a saguaro? I would have considered a little dodging on his face to bring the whites out, but still a really nice photo.
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01/22/2007 10:24:13 AM
Getting out of the snow? Nice Gila and cactus
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01/22/2007 08:23:12 AM
I would have dodged the bird's face to make him stand out more here. Great compo otherwise but also the green of the cactus is a little dull I think. It is a difficult shot to make work though.
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