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Great Tit


Great Tit
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Copyright: Orjan Martensson (OrjanM) (148)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-03-21
Categories: Birds
Camera: nikon D 200, Nikkor AF-S 80-200mm f2.8 IF-ED, Sandisk Ext III 4gb
Exposure: f/8
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-04-10 14:22
Viewed: 3560
Points: 2
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Back at my porch again and one more of my favourite birds, the Great Tit or Talgoxe in Swedish.

I guess itīs one of the first birds I learned to recognise in my young years. Knowlege I now try to pass on to my childen...


The Great Tit, Parus major, is a passerine bird in the tit family Paridae. It is a widespread and common species throughout Europe and Asia in any sort of woodland. It is resident, and most Great Tits do not migrate.

Great Tits are easy to recognize, large in size at 14 cm, with a broad black line (broader in the male) down its otherwise yellow front. 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. In young birds the black is replaced by brown, and the white by yellow.

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 birds in India and south-east Asia are grey above and whitish below.

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. In the 1st Movement of Bruckner's 4th Symphony several Great Tit songs are strung together in a very realistic manner. Interestingly, Great Tits from the two south Asian groups of races do not recognize the calls of the temperate Great Tits, and they may be a separate species.

Any hole will do for a nest, and it 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.

This is a common and popular European garden bird, due to its acrobatic performances when feeding on nuts or seed. It will join winter tit flocks with other species.

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Hello Orjan,

When I saw this in the thumbnails, so beautifully composed, I was surprised that it had not received any points. However, when I view it full size, I see the main problem; you have not captured the eye. The eye gives the animal soul and character and without it, you are not likely to receive a lot of points.

I hope this will temper your disappointment a little. We have all made similar mistakes - it is what is called a learning curve!

Best wishes with all your future photography,
Bev :-)

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2008-04-11 7:00]

Hello Orjan,
Iike the look of this bird. It is cute as it fluffs its feathers. You captured the bird with its intact colours. The branch protuding from the corner of the frame make this photo an nice one.
The details are seen and you plan the photo very well.
I know the difficulty og having a good bird photo , or any animal - its the eyes. It is the challenge in this type of photography.
I dont care about the point- I care about trying.
All the best.

Regards,
Foozi

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