#500 Tree House
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kellermsu
Registered: Feb 04, 2009
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This female Red Bellied Woodpecker is right at home in a tree. She has just fed the little ones and is getting ready to go out and search for more tasty tidbits to bring back.

Thank you for stopping by.



Tenn.Jer
Registered: Mar 08, 2011
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Good "at home" photograph, Jim...you caught her at just the moment of pausing before zipping away - that takes practice - and skill.
Good shot.
Jerry



Oregon Gal
Registered: Nov 02, 2008
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Really nice find for the WA Jim.



Travis Rhoads
Registered: Apr 28, 2009
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Great find Jim, very nicely done.



twistedlim
Registered: Oct 20, 2004
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Nice capture. I think a bit more constrast would really set this off. Good catch.



kellermsu
Registered: Feb 04, 2009
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Thanks for the replies Jerry, Oregon Gal and Travis. Rich, have any ideas about increasing the contrast? Unfortunately the day was very overcast, almost drizzly, and in the shade to top it all off. I'm not so sure there is a lot more to work with.

Jim



Travis Rhoads
Registered: Apr 28, 2009
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I think it looks good as is, plenty of contrast in the tree and the bird. I like the OOF background as is, it gives good separation.



kellermsu
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Thanks for the detailed feedback Travis.



mark fadely
Registered: Oct 09, 2005
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Perfect shot of the Woodpecker home. Norm, I agree with Travis in that this shot needs no other processing. It is a fine shot as is. Good find, and nicely captured.


Oops, sorry Jim! Too many Norm's around here.

Funny Travis VVV



Travis Rhoads
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we should just call everyone Norm that happened in another WA thread this week...can't find it...



kellermsu
Registered: Feb 04, 2009
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Thanks for the comments Mark. And I would be proud to be called Norm, damn good photographer.

Jim



Mado
Registered: Jan 14, 2008
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A fantastic image. Good luck with this one



kellermsu
Registered: Feb 04, 2009
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Thanks Mado!

Jim



James Markus
Registered: Jul 20, 2005
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Jim...now that fits the topic perfectly! Good one.



kellermsu
Registered: Feb 04, 2009
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Thanks for taking the time to give feedback James. I appreciate it.

Jim



twistedlim
Registered: Oct 20, 2004
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How do you guys find this stuff, amazing.



kellermsu
Registered: Feb 04, 2009
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For me it starts early morning. Load up the kayak and gear. Drive 45 minutes. Unload everything and get on the river. Paddle upstream one to two hours. On this day I was looking for nesting Prothonotary Warblers. Spend time trying to follow foraging birds back to their nests. Couldn't find a nesting Protonotary, too early in the season? So I went to plan B. Started following woodpeckers. Found several nests but too far up in the treetops. Finally found this one. Set in my kayak/blind for a couple of hours or more trying to get the right shot in the right light. Paddle downstream to the car. Load everything up and drive home. Get to watch the sun set as I'm unloading the gear. Sunday is gone! Would I rather be home watching a movie? No, wishing I could do this every day.

Jim