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Copyright: Marius Secan (marius-secan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2007 W: 0 N: 5412] (29598)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-01-13
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, Nikon 300mm f/4D IF-ED AF-S + 1,4TC II
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/500 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-02-20 7:38
Viewed: 1940
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 48
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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

The Great Tit (Parus major) is a passerine bird in the tit family Paridae. It is a widespread and common species throughout Europe in any sort of woodland. It is resident, and most Great Tits do not migrate. In the past this species was considered a ring species with several subspecies covering a wide distribution, but these have now been separated.

Great Tits come in many races, but they fall into three groups. Great Tits in temperate Europe and Asia are essentially green above and yellow below. Great Tits in China, Korea, Japan and southeastern Russia are green above and white or yellow-tinged white below, and Great Tits in India and south-east Asia are grey above and whitish below.

The Great Tit is easy to recognize, large in size at 14 cm, with a broad black line (broader in the male) down its otherwise yellow chest. The neck and head are black with white cheeks and ear coverts. Upper parts are olive. It has a white wingbar and outer tail feathers. Young birds are duller.

It is, like other tits, a vocal bird, and has a large variety of calls, of which the most familiar is a "teacher, teacher", also likened to a squeaky wheelbarrow wheel.

The Great Tit has a wide distribution across much of Eurasia. It is found across all of Europe except for Iceland and northern Scandinavia, and then across the Middle East, Northern Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia and parts of central Asia as far as Japan. Another band of distribution occurs through Iran into northern India into Southeastern Asia, whilst another population lives in southern India. The species also occurs over much of China, Korea and Japan, and in Indonesia down into Borneo and as far as the Lesser Sundas.

Great Tits are primarily insectivores. They prefer protein rich caterpillars during breeding season to feed their young. A study published in 2007 found that Great Tits helped to reduce caterpillar damage in apple orchards by 50%. In England, Great Tits learned to break the foil caps sealing bottles of milk that had been delivered to homes to obtain the cream floating on top.

Great Tits are breeding in a hole that is usually inside a tree, although occasionally in a wall, rock face, and they will readily take to nest boxes. The number in the clutch is often very large, but seven or eight white spotted red eggs are normal, with bigger clutches being laid by two or even more hens. The bird is a close sitter, hissing when disturbed.

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Hello Marius,
Just wonderful.Excellent photography.Great details,sharpness and light.
Beautiful bird....
Love this pic...


Hi Marius, detail, light, sharpness, fantastic. Regards, Paolo

Hello Marius,
another superb pic from you.
awesome clarity and colour.
good composition also.
best wishes,
Sorry Sir, my point giving power is exhausted to day.

Hallo Marius
NICE to see you back
and with a super good picture
great sharpness nice composition and beautiful colours '
i like this one
thanks greeting lou

Hello Marius,
An impressive capture with great details and a lovely pose.
TFS and my regards,

Hello Marius,

Great picture, excellent sharpness, details with nice out of focus BG..the twinkle in the eye has been captured beautifully..its difficult to capture a eye when it falls in the dark portion.

Thanks & Regards,

Hi Marius
Simple and perfect
Best points are catchlight, dof and bg

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2013-02-20 8:58]

Hello Marius,
A great capture of a female Great Tit. Great POV with her head turned to the viewer. Top sharpness, lighting natural colours and composition against a clean BG. Nice catchlight in the eye too.
Thanks and best regards,

Hi Marius,
I like this bird. Amazing natural colours. Perfect point of view.
Have a nice evening,

GREAT photo Marius! Excellent composition, nice pose, fantastic BG, wonderful colours and impressive sharpness!

Ciao Marius, great capture of lovely bird in nice pose on beautiful lighting BG, fine details, wonderful natural colors and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Mr.Marius,
Excellent picture of this 'Great Tit'.You have captured it with nice sharpness and natural colour.Even you got eye contact.Outstanding picture.Blurry BG helping here to concentrate on the subject.
Thanks for sharing in TN,
Kind regards,

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2013-02-20 11:39]

Bonsoir Marius,
Just yesterday I wondered where you had disappeared and had seen that for a month you didn't post. Happy to have you back with a typical well presented picture, technically perfect as usual. Take care!

Ciao Mario.
Che spettacolo!Stupenda non ho alto da aggiungere complimenti.
Ciao Marco.
Grazie della condivisione.

Hi Marius,

A very good study of this Great Tit, focus, colours, pov and background are very good. Like the diagonal composition.
TFS regards Bill.

Hello Marius,
great capture of this common bird with good sharpness and beautiful colours. I also like the nice pose on the branch and the nicely blurred background.
Best wishes,


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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2013-02-21 0:57]

Hello Marius
such a lovely capture and an outstanding presentation. The sharpness, the colors and the pose is socfabulous.
excellent job well dxecuted.


Hello Marius,
Excellent photograph of Great Tit, excellent sharpness, excellent composition, excellent background and lighting.

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  • IronM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 144 W: 3 N: 345] (2608)
  • [2013-02-21 6:40]

Hi Marius,
what an amazing photo my friend,
perfect sharpness for outstanding details, beautiful composition, lighting,
lovely colors !
Well done !
Best regards !

Hallo Marius
A top of the class image of a bird well known to us, but not one that I easily get bored of looking at. The focus is superb, the whole presentation flawless, just love the flashlight caught in the eye. It looks as if it was posing just for you.
Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

Hello Marius
Excellent photo, perfect detail, nice background and setting. Good eye contact.
regards yiannis

Ciao Marius. Great compo. Sharp and details perfect. Brilliant colours.


Hello Marius

Stunning photo of this rather prim and proper Tit.The glossy black with that subdued yellow brings amazing grace to this bird and you have captured that superbly with good sharpness and nice pose


Coming to this missed shot, the Tit looks equally beautiful here with a lovely catch-light in its eye, Marius.
The colours in this picture are highly balanced and natural.

Very nice capture of a beautiful bird.
Excellent sharpness details and amazing colors.
Regards Devendra

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