Red-bellied Woodpecker

© Bunny Snow

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Uploaded: April 05, 2010


Melanerpes carolinus like to eat a variety of foods, including (but not limited to) acorns, pecans, beechnuts, hazelnuts, corn, tree sap, lizards, caterpillars, insects, fruits, berries, and seeds! They will visit hummingbird feeders for nectar. They will consume oranges put out for orioles. Special preference is a mixture rich in sunflowers, nuts, and corn.

2 April 2010, 16:58:50 p.m.
F5.6@1/800 second, ISO 1600, partial metering
Focal length: 420.0 mm (300.0 mm f4L+1:4 extender)
Used bathroom window as a blind; placed an Eastman-Kodak 18% gray card above this feeder to check for both custom white balance and light. This reduces headaches when detail is needed in highlights and shadows.
Tripod with 8 lb ballast (one gallon water) down center.


Exif: F Number: 5.6, Exposure Bias Value: 0.00, ExposureTime: 1/800 seconds, Flash: fired, compulsory flash mode, ISO: 1600, White balance: Manual white balance, FocalLength: 420.00 mm, Model: Canon EOS 50D


Ken R. Frischkorn April 05, 2010

Beautiful photo of this woodpecker Bunny and the use of the gray card I will have to try that one myself. the detail and color are just beautiful. #1255616

Bunny Snow level-classic April 05, 2010

I cannot find middle gray just by looking at a scene. But, using an 18% gray card and adjusting ever so slightly basically reduces my efforts in Photoshop. What's even nicer, is that the "expensive" real 18% gray cards come two and a half to a package. I use the large on one the bird feeder, but the small one will fit in the palm of your hand. Once you calibrate your hand to the gray card (assuming your memory is better than mine), you can use the adjustments simply for your hand and eliminate the gray card.

Thank you for your wonderful comments on my image. Please, visit my gallery. #8512226

Dr Silly level-classic April 05, 2010

Awesome capture. :O) #8512642

Bunny Snow level-classic April 05, 2010

Thank you, for the wonderful comment, Doc. Every once in a while, I get the sharpness, color and tonality just right! :-) #8513096

Patti Coblentz April 06, 2010

Wonderful image, Bunny!

Patti #8513672

Bunny Snow level-classic April 06, 2010

Thank you, Patti. #8514902

Boyd L. Alexander July 12, 2010

A breathtaking beauty, Bunny! The lighting and details are magnificent! #8750660

Bunny Snow level-classic July 12, 2010

Thank you, Boyd. What a lovely thing to say. #8751145

Laura L. Gonzales July 26, 2010

What a beautiful bird! The color is so perfect. Love how he clings to the base of the feeder, what a grip! Fantastic sharpness and presentation!! Laura:) Beautiful gallery Susan!!! #8788340

Susan K. Snow July 26, 2010

Thank you, Laura, for your kind comments, and for visiting my gallery. #8788344

Joy Rector August 22, 2010

love this shot #8854206

Bunny Snow level-classic August 22, 2010

Thank you, Joy, for your comments and for browsing my gallery. #8854308

Nikki McDonald level-classic August 24, 2010

Beautiful light, color and detail, Bunny -- must be a pleasure to watch your friends from so close. #8859960

Bunny Snow level-classic August 25, 2010

I love the actual capture of creating an image, Nikki. I can hardly wait until the temperatures drop into the 70's and 80's, so I can open the window and again capture the birds or coons. And, get out and do some photography wherever I'm able to walk.

Your comments are always personal and so appreciated. Thank you, Nikki. #8860754

Roxanne M. Bubar October 01, 2010

Outstanding clarity and details. #8941658

Bunny Snow level-classic October 01, 2010

Thank you, Roxanne. And, thanks for stopping by. #8942153

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