woodpeckers in Århus

I’ve seen this nest some days before these photos, following a continuous, acute lation.
And there, about twelve meters over, a chick was looking at me.

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D700 at 720ISO, 300mm f2.8 AF-I with TC-20E II, f8, 1/800sec, bias 0EV

A Great spotted woodpecker‘s chick.

Ok, I know it isn’t uncommon, but I’ve never seen a nest in a convenient place like this. It’s with a good exposure, in the park south of Århus in front of a clean position where shoot from (only with some nettles).
In short, here.
I had only the 180mm with me, but it’s too short, so I returned back some days later with the long tele.

I stood there about half an hour, watching and photographing both parents feed the chick (I think it was always the same, but I’m not so sure).
Both parents. Him:
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D700 at 1000ISO, 300mm f2.8 AF-I with TC-20E II, f8, 1/800sec, bias 0EV

And, when he fly away…

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D2x at 200ISO, 300mm f2.8 AF-I, f4, 1/640sec, bias 0EV

…Her:
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D700 at 1000ISO, 300mm f2.8 AF-I with TC-20E II, f8, 1/800sec, bias 0EV

Neckback’s color show the woodpecker’s gender.

And both contribute breeding chick with tasty insects and so…
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D700 at 1400ISO, 300mm f2.8 AF-I with TC-20E II, f8, 1/800sec, bias 0EV

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D700 at 1000ISO, 300mm f2.8 AF-I with TC-20E II, f8, 1/800sec, bias 0EV

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D700 at 1250ISO, 300mm f2.8 AF-I with TC-20E II, f8, 1/800sec, bias 0EV

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D700 at 720ISO, 300mm f2.8 AF-I with TC-20E II, f5.6, 1/800sec, bias 0EV

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D700 at 1600ISO, 300mm f2.8 AF-I with TC-20E II, f8, 1/800sec, bias 0EV

And both tongues…
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D2x at 200ISO, 300mm f2.8 AF-I, f4, 1/640sec, bias 0EV

I must thank once again the D700′ sensor, because its high sensitivity’s rendition, but also che lens was very important in these shoots.
Despite the duplication, it makes possible to crop the images til what I’ve shown.
The originals are like this:
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And I can crop til this:
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D700 at 900ISO, 300mm f2.8 AF-I with TC-20E II, f8, 1/800sec, bias 0EV

And this is one of my preferred shots, which end this post.
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