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Copyright: Jose Diogo (josediogo1958) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 494 W: 27 N: 1837] (11747)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-03-03
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-03-03 6:32
Viewed: 1890
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
"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, including small hibernating bats.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.

The Great Tit is large for a tit at 12.5–14.0 cm (4.9–5.5 in) in length, and has a distinctive appearance that makes it easy to recognise. The nominate race P. major major has a bluish-black crown, black neck, throat, bib and head, and white cheeks and ear coverts. The breast is bright lemon-yellow and there is a broad black mid-line stripe running from the bib to vent. There is a dull white spot on the neck turning to greenish yellow on the upper nape. The rest of the nape and back are green tinged with olive. The wing-coverts are green, the rest of the wing is bluish-grey with a white-wing-bar. The tail is bluish grey with white outer tips. The plumage of the female is similar to that of the male except that the colours are overall duller; the bib is less intensely black,as is the line running down the belly, which is also narrower and sometimes broken.Young birds are like the female, except that they have dull olive-brown napes and necks, greyish rumps, and greyer tails, with less defined white tips."(Wiki)

Model: Canon EOS-1D Mark III
Software: PhotoScape
Exposure Time: 1/256
F-Stop: f/9.0
ISO Speed Ratings: 800
Focal Length: 400/1 mm
Date Taken: 2012-03-03 09:10
Metering Mode: Pattern
Flash: Flash did not fire, compulsory flash mode
File Size: 278 kb

Have a good Saturday and thanks for viewing..

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hello Jose
very nice picture with good details and beautiful colours
thanks greeting lou

Ciao Jose Diogo, great capture of lovely flying bird on a beautiful blurry BG, fine details, splendid sharpness and wonderful natural colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Jose,
Excellent capture,sharp detail,nice colours and lighting.
Have a nice weekend!

Hello Jose,
Another splendid image with this gorgeous birds.
I love the exceptional clarity and fantastic focus.
The contrast against the background looks outstanding.
Thanks for sharing!

Hello Jose Diogo,

Hope you are doing fine, friend. Another wonderful photo of a small bird, for I have seen you seem to be a master of them, a true expert of taking their lively photos. This Great Tit looks marvellous on its perch with a superb background blur.The focus is excellent and colours and sharpness inch perfect...thanks for sharing another beauty....and yes, wish you a fine Sunday.......take care....warmest regards/Abid

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-03-03 10:32]

Hello Jose.
A very fine photo of the Great Tit! Perfect exposure and sharpness. I also like the background very much. Great job!Best regards Siggi

Amigo José,
Grande fotografia!!! Excelente defenição, cores e enquadramento, nesta bela imagem.
Abraço, João Edgar

Ciao Jose. Good POV for the bird in dynamic pose. Not perfect sharp MF!


Ciao Jose.
Bellissima questa cinciallegra,molto ben fotografata,con di colori naturali,ottima la nitidezza con notevoli particolari,bene la composizione.
Ciao Marco.
Grazie della condivisione.

Hi Jose,
very beautiful image with a lovely light coming on the subject,
excellent POV & framing and excellent sharpness & details
of his plumage,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-03-03 15:25]

Hi Jose,this time the sharpness isn't the best like in your others pics,but i like the position and the colors,you work in a difficult light,not easy to make better.Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano

Beautiful and dynamic pose Jose! Beautiful photo too!

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2012-03-05 1:06]

Hello Jose,
what a beautiful bird with a lively slanting pose on a branch that offers a special graphical formation. The sharpness is good of the yes and the feathers.
Well shot and well composed.


Hello Jose

Beautiful photo of the Great Tit, fine POV and framing,
beautiful light, excellent focus, sharpness, details, TFS


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