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Great Tit (Parus major)

Great Tit (Parus major)
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Copyright: Thijs van Balen jr (Pentaxfriend) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 514 W: 24 N: 1888] (8048)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-11-05
Categories: Birds
Camera: Pentax K20D, Pentax fa*4,5 300mm if ed, Digital ISO 400
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/125 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-11-06 12:50
Viewed: 3474
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Paridae
Genus: Parus
Species: P. major
Binomial name: Parus major (Linnaeus, 1758)

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.

The Great Tit is a distinctive bird, with a black head and neck, prominent white cheeks, olive upperparts and yellow underparts, with some variation amongst the numerous subspecies. It is predominantly insectivorous in the summer, but will consume a wider range of food items in the winter months. Like all tits it is a cavity nester, usually nesting in a hole in a tree. The female lays around 12 eggs and incubates them alone, although both parents raise the chicks. In most years the pair will raise two broods. The nests may be raided by woodpeckers, squirrels and weasels and infested with fleas, and adults may be hunted by Sparrowhawks. The Great Tit has adapted well to human changes in the environment and is a common and familiar bird in urban parks and gardens. The Great Tit is also an important study species in ornithology.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-11-06 13:19]

Hallo Thijs,
Leuk weer eens een foto van je te zien. En een mooie ook. Pracht exemplaar koolmees in prima scherpte en details. Ook de natuurlijke kleuren zijn mooi. Goede vage achtergrond en compositie.

Hallo Thijs,

een mooie foto van deze Koolmees.
Goede scherpte, pov en detailering en achtergrond.
Prachtige kleuren.


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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-11-06 15:17]

Hello Thijs
perfect shoot with clear bg and wonderful colors

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-11-06 16:06]

Hi Thijs,an excellent work in a difficult low light,i like a lot the simple composition and the very good sharpness and colors.Very well done.My great compliments,have a nice Sunday,LUCIANO.

Hello Thijs,
Exceptional capture with fantastic details, superb colours and very good focus.
It is a lovely composition with outstanding blurred background and perfect POV.

Good Morning Thijs,

Beautiful and well composed capture of a great tit. Very sharp with good color saturation, and the shallow DOF has nicely blurred the background. I like the way the tit is positioned in the frame.
TFS and have a nice sunday!


Fine shot Thijs ! An artistic one, with amazing clarity, great natural colors and dept of field! Bravo!
George Veltchev

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-11-07 3:43]

Hello Thijs,
excellent capture of this little bird. The colours are so pretty and you have recorded it very well.
The beauty of the subject is very well enhanced with the softness and smoothness of the green background.
Excellent composition in good sharpness.
Well done.


Bonjour Thijs,
Très belle publication valorisant bien sous un bon angle de prise de vue et une excellente profondeur de champ permettant d'apprécier la finesse des détails.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-11-07 7:43]

Hello Thijs,
A beautiful and common little bird very well captured! Excellent focus, great sharpness and natural colours. A fine background and well composed too.
TFS and regards, Ulla

Hello Thijs,

Wonderful image of the tit, great details and colours, background.well done.TFS.

Hello Thijs,
Excellent shot of this Great Tit captured with perfect details, lovely colours, good composition, POV and blurred BG. Well done!

Hallo Thijs,
great capture of lovely looking Great Tit againts fantastic colored blurry BG and with great sharpness of focus. POV/OOF and light using splendid as like coloration and color balance. nicely composed and presented. thanks for showing us this beauty. well done. have a nice weekend

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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2010-11-13 1:53]

Hoi Thijs,
Deze koolmees staat er prachtig scherp op. Mooie details en prachtige kleuren.
Mooie achtergrond en goede compositie.
groetjes Paula

Hello Thijs
Impressive photo with very good composition, wonderful colours and great sharpness.
Regards, Christodoulos.

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