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Saturday, December 12, 2009


For several years now, I've rendered a pen-and-ink drawing to use as a holiday card each year (I missed a few). The series ends with this image: a selection of woodpeckers from around the world. The first person who can identify all twelve species will receive a dozen of these cards to use as they see fit (offer ends Tuesday, December 15th). I'll post the entire series, one per day.


Anonymous bev said...

Beautiful drawing, and congratulations to your lucky winner.

3:37 PM  
Blogger Clare said...

I see word of the contest is spreading through Facebook and the blogosphere, so perhaps I better say I've already won. Unless there is a separate prize for the blog as opposed to Facebook

8:40 PM  
Blogger Ashok said...

Aargh...I'm a sorry excuse for a birder...
1. Female Greater Flameback ?
2. Black Woodpecker
5. Cream-colored Woodpecker
6. Ladderback Woodpecker
7. Acorn Woodpecker (my friend)
8. Lineated Woodpeker
11. Green Woodpecker
12. Some kind of flickr....

So only 7.5 out of 12. :-(

9:27 PM  
Blogger Carel Brest van Kempen said...

Thanks, all. Ashok, I'd say your performance was pretty decent. You came closer than anyone besides Clare. Since the contest is over, here are the answers:
1. Common Goldenback (Dinopium javanense)
2. Black Woodpecker (Dryocopus martius)
3. Arabian Woodpecker (Dendrocopos dorae)
4. Maroon Woodpecker (Blythipicus rubiginosus)
5. Cream-colored Woodpecker (Celeus flavus)
6. Ladder-backed Woodpecker (Picoides scalaris)
7. Acorn Woodpecker (Melanerpes formicivorus)
8. Crimson-crested Woodpecker (Campephilus melanoleucos)
9. Fire-bellied Woodpecker (Thripias pyrrhogaster)
10. Spot-breasted Flicker (Colaptes punctigula)
11. Green Woodpecker (Picus viridis)
12. Ground Woodpecker (Geocolaptes olivaceus)

10:30 AM  
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