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Great Tit

Great Tit
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Copyright: Ram Thakur (ramthakur) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4316 W: 231 N: 14052] (56953)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2014-02-17
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D200, Sigma 70-300 4-5.6 APO DG MACRO, 58mm UV
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/100 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2014-02-19 4:47
Viewed: 1865
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I have never been able to shoot the Great Tit in ideal conditions. I have found it numerous times in the Himalayan hills, but as luck would have it, my efforts to capture it well have not materialized till date. Today I'm posting its picture I took 2 days ago in Chamba, Himachal Pradesh. It was morning time and the town of Chamba was still in shadows since it gets the sun a bit late because it is located on the banks of river Ravi and is surrounded by mountains and hills on all sides. In the open courtyard of my friend's house with whom I was staying, a variety of birds was visiting the single fig tree in it. The birds included Himalayan Bulbuls, Prinias and a solitary Great Tit. However, the light was poor. Still, I gave it a try using high ISO ratings in the hope that I might get a passable picture of these birds. Eventually, the entire effort turned futile and I was able to capture only dark, grainy and colourless pictures of these birds. This picture I'm posting today looks grey despite my best effort to make it look better through editing. Anyway, here it is for the sake of record.
The Great Tit found in the Himalayan region of India may not fit the note given below; still it is undoubtedly the Great Tit.

The Great Tit (Parus major) is a passerine bird in the tit family Paridae. It is a widespread and common species throughout Europe, the Middle East, Central and Northern Asia, and parts of North Africa in any sort of woodland. It is generally resident, and most Great Tits do not migrate except in extremely harsh winters. Until 2005 this species was lumped with numerous other subspecies. DNA studies have shown these other subspecies to be distinctive from the Great Tit and these have now been separated as two separate species, the Cinereous Tit of southern Asia, and the Japanese Tit of East Asia. The Great Tit remains the most widespread species in the genus Parus.


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hallo Ram
veru nice shot with good sharpness and nice details
thanks greeting lou

Hello Ram Bhai,

Hope life is good and spring is round the corner there. Now its my turn to agree with you and I appreciate the way you do not hesitate to share a photo which is of a slightly poor quality but carries a sort of value which compels one to share it with friends here, full marks!At times I desperately want to share the photo of species I capture after a lot of effort but the poor quality deters me but this won't be the case in future. Someone might question this but this is a sort of contribution which truly helps those friends who are really involved in research work and I hope such contributions work miracles for them as they do for us.
I am all praise for your effort, thanks a lot for sharing, take care,

warm regards,


Hi Ram,
very good point of view. Perfect sharpness. Nice colours.
Thanks for sharing,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2014-02-19 8:54]

Hi Ram,you made the best in this terrible backlight,the sky is totally white but we can see very well the detail of this great tit in this original and imposing perspective,very well done.Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

hallo Ram
照的清晰 很漂亮的鳥
顏色特別 看起來很新奇
角度很棒 鳥的眼睛非常的可愛
構圖美麗 背景深遂

Hello Ram,
I feel your frustration at trying to get a shot when the conditions were not the best, I have had the same thing happen to me many times. You still managed to capture a fairly descent shot of the bird and the detail is pretty good. I am sure the day will come when you find one in just the right conditions of light! Have a great weekend:)
PS. I tried to see what I could do in a WS, but don't know if it helped or made it worse.

Hi Ram!
Its a decent shot of this beautiful little bird under difficult conditions. You still managed well to get something out of this grainy shot, good details and reasonable sharpness. Wish you good luck in getting your desired shot. In our area, particularly Islamabad they are common visitors in months of January and February. They are seen in small groups under rose bushes, grasses and often on dry, bare trees searching for insects.TFS,
Best Regards,

Hi Ram, A nice point of view of this Great Til. The bird itself has not much colours but you are wise to put it on a completely white BG which stands out the bird perfectly. Thank for sharing

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