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Picture of Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major) bird on birch tree log

November 19th, 2008 · 9 Comments

Picture of Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major) bird on birch tree log
Taken with Olympus E500 digital camera October 19th 2008. Click image for larger view.
Here I have photographed a beautiful Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major) bird. This is the first time I have ever photographed a woodpecker as they are pretty rare and often fly off before you are able to take a good photo. The Great Spotted Woodpecker is one of our biggest woodpeckers and it is the most common woodpecker bird in Europe. The Great Spotted Woodpecker is about 25 cm long and weighs 70–90 g.
In the winter the bird eats seeds from spruce and pine trees, and some bark beetles. During the summer it mainly eats insects, but the Great Spotted Woodpecker is also known for breaking into nests and eating the young birds.

Check out my other photos of Norwegian birds here.

Information about the picture:
Camera: Olympus E-500 digital SLR camera
Exposure: 0.001 sec (1/2000)
Aperture: f/5.6
Focal Length: 300 mm
ISO Speed: 400
Lens: Olympus Zuiko Digital 70-300mm F4.0-5.6
Location: Fjellstrand in Nesodden, Akershus in southeast of Norway

Tags: Birds · Nature · Norway Norwegen Norge · Tree

9 responses so far ↓

  • 1 lucy // Nov 19, 2008 at 5:44 pm

    Wow, that is beautiful. Great photo!
    One question how do you put your name on your photos?

  • 2 Thomas Laupstad // Nov 19, 2008 at 5:47 pm

    Thanks lucy 🙂
    I use gimp to add another layer with the text.

  • 3 Wolfman-K // Nov 19, 2008 at 6:24 pm

    Really nice capture my friend. Well done.

  • 4 Philip // Nov 20, 2008 at 6:10 pm

    You are right this is a beautiful woodpecker and your photo does it a great justice NICE!

  • 5 Dan // Nov 23, 2008 at 11:50 pm

    Very beautiful. I love the markings on its head and neck.

  • 6 mike // Nov 24, 2008 at 2:06 am

    I like that bird Tom.

  • 7 A. // Nov 25, 2008 at 6:19 pm

    We used to have them visit our garden when we lived in the countryside. I miss all the birds now we live in town. This is a beautiful reminder.

  • 8 roentarre // Nov 28, 2008 at 9:40 pm

    This is seriously a fantastic picture

    Your shot is amazing

  • 9 Bemused26 // Dec 3, 2008 at 4:13 pm

    beautiful picture!