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Sitta Europaea


Sitta Europaea
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Copyright: Pascal DM (Platypus) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 29 W: 0 N: 39] (280)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-04-02
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D70, Nikkor 80-400mm VR
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/180 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-04-02 16:57
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Points: 2
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Hi there, long time no post here due to a (very) long winter season. But spring is here at last !

Yesterday I noticed a couple of nuthatches flying back and forth to the same spot. It appeared they were bringing mud and other material to a treehole to make their nest. I spent a couple of hours shooting photos today and got some nice shots of these guys at work !
Here is one... hope you like it !

See you,
Pascal.


========= FACTS ======================================

source : http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/wildfacts/factfiles/3059.shtml

Nuthatch / Sitta europaea
This is the only species of nuthatch in the UK. Unlike woodpeckers and treecreepers, they descend tree trunks headfirst.

Life span
They live for about 11 years.

Statistics
Length: 14cm, Wingspan: 22.5-27cm, Weight: 20-25g.

Physical Description
Nuthatches have a blue-grey back, with chestnut flanks. They have a short tail, a black eye-stripe and a long pointed bill. There are two distinct colour forms: the northern european subspecies has a white underside, and birds elsewhere have a buff underside. They are plump birds that look a bit like small woodpeckers.

Distribution
Nuthatches are found in England and Wales, France and Iberia, east through much of the Mediterranean area to parts of Turkey and the Caucasus and north to southern Scandinavia and Russia. They also breed in a limited area of Morocco.

Habitat
They live in woodland, parks and gardens, and sometimes visit bird tables.

Diet
They feed on insects, as well as nuts and seeds, which they hammer into trees and split open with their sharp beak.

Behaviour
Nuthatches are agile birds that spend the majority of their time in the trees. They are able to run headfirst down trunks as well as upwards, picking insects from the bark. They are a resident species in the UK.

Reproduction
Nuthatches nest in holes in trees, often plastering up the hole with mud if it is too large. They lay 6-9 eggs, which are incubated for 14-15 days. The chicks fledge after 23-25 days.

Voice
Nuthatches have a loud ringing ‘tuit, tuit, tuit-tuit’ call, as well as a loud rattling ‘pee, pee, pee’ trill.

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  • taba Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 466 W: 124 N: 312] (1847)
  • [2006-04-02 20:04]

Hi Pascal
Very beautyfull photo !
I liked most the profile of the bird, and the difuse blue blackground.
Good DOF, POV, sharpness and colours,
well done,
Taba

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