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Acorn Woodpecker

Acorn Woodpecker
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Copyright: Manyee Desandies (manyee) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-12-30
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Powershot SX110IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-03-20 7:36
Viewed: 5317
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Acorn Woodpecker
Melanerpes formicivorus

Pic glandivore (French)
Carpintero de bellota (Spanish)

The clown-faced Acorn Woodpecker is a common bird of western oak forests. It lives in extended family groups, and all members of the group spend hours and hours storing thousands of acorns in carefully tended holes in trees and telephone poles.

Cool Facts
The Acorn Woodpecker has a very complicated social system. Family groups hold territories, and young woodpeckers stay with their parents for several years and help the parents raise more young. Several different individuals of each sex may breed within one family, with up to seven breeding males and three breeding females in one group.
All members of an Acorn Woodpecker group spend large amounts of time storing acorns. Acorns typically are stored in holes drilled into a single tree, called a granary tree. One granary tree may have up to 50,000 holes in it, each of which is filled with an acorn in autumn.
The Acorn Woodpecker will use human-made structures to store acorns, drilling holes in fence posts, utility poles, buildings, and even automobile radiators. Occasionally the woodpecker will put acorns into places where it cannot get them out. Woodpeckers put 220 kg (485 lb) of acorns into a wooden water tank in Arizona. In parts of its range the Acorn Woodpecker does not construct a granary tree, but instead stores acorns in natural holes and cracks in bark. If the stores are eaten, the woodpecker will move to another area, even going from Arizona to Mexico to spend the winter.
In groups with more than one breeding female, the females put their eggs into a single nest cavity. A female usually destroys any eggs in the nest before she starts to lay, and more than one third of all eggs laid in joint nests are destroyed. Once all the females start to lay, they stop removing eggs.


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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2010-03-20 8:21]

Hi Manyee,
I'm here again.
again an interesting catch. Beautiful colors and contrasts with a very good POV.
Best regards,

Bonjour Manyee
Très belle présentation de ce pic s'affairant sur un tronc d'arbre. J'aime particulièrement l'arrière plan d'une magnifique tonalité de vert.
Meilleures salutations et bon week end...JP

Hello Manyeer,
Excellent composition, beautiful colors, excellent contrast and sharpness.
Very beautiful this shot.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-03-20 9:23]

Hi Manyee,beautiful vertical composition,obviously the best to take a wookpecker at work,i like a lot the excellent sharpness and the beautiful red of the head...very interesting note too.Thanks for share,have a nice Sunday,Luciano.

Hello Manyee,
a splendid capture of the Acorn Woodpecker in a classic posture, good sharpness and marvellous colours very well saturated, a very nice compsoition
Best regards

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-03-20 10:55]

Hi Manyee
Wonderful capture this lovely Melanerpes formicivorus!
Details and colors are fantastic.

Hello Manyee
A nice shot of this bird. I like the colors with these nice details.

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  • Chiza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 133 W: 0 N: 474] (5351)
  • [2010-03-20 16:39]

Hola Manyee: Una toma excelente de esta bella especie. Que gran variedad de especies tiene este género. Una toma limpia, que muestra perfectamente la especie en su entorno. Muy buena la información además...saludos.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2010-03-20 19:00]

Hola Manyee.
Hermosa la foto. Muy bellos y llamativos los colores en el plumaje de este "Pajaro Carpintero" La pose son puntos adicionales asi como la nitidez e iluninacion lograda aqui.
Interesante la nota escrita Manyee.

nice wooedpecker, TFS Ori

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