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Autumn Nuthatch

Autumn Nuthatch
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Copyright: Ivan Kruys (Argus) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-10-24
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 400D, Canon EF 300 f4L + Canon 1.4 converter
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/60 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Alex99's favorite photos, CeltickRanger's favorite Nuthatch photos [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-10-25 3:47
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Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 78
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Though it was cloudy yesterday, we took a walk in the woods near the beach. Ulla took a fine shot of the part that consisted of beech trees (see Uleko) while I heard a sound that proved to be this nuthatch that was busy wedging beech nuts into the bark of this oak tree.

The European Nuthatch (Sitta europaea) is a relatively common woodland bird that thrives on insects, seeds and nuts, which attracts it to bird tables.

This is the Scandanavian race europaea. The British and continental race, caesia, has more rusty red on the breast and belly.

I captured this individual in poor light. It shows the typical pose and is typically upside down. You can see the autumn colours of the deciduous trees around that are mainly beech and oak. Most of the wood however is Scots Pine.

I took this with the camera hand-held at a distance of about 6-7 meters. The image was cropped by about 40%.
The shadow reduction and selective sharpening have caused some noise, but this is acceptable according to my standards.

The catch-light in the eye is due to the use of flash.

The Autumnal BG though very blurred on the original, has been further treated with Gaussian blur

StephenE, jesst, Juyona, horia, MMM, fartash, nglen, ridvan, Tamrock, cicindela, undoredo, eqshannon, jaycee, anel, rousettus, marhowie, Silke, Alex99, vanderschelden, cecilia, CeltickRanger, star74, tiklod, snowfalken has marked this note useful
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  • jesst Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 368 W: 0 N: 172] (2441)
  • [2007-10-25 4:09]

Very good shot with great sharp, detail and composition.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-10-25 4:38]

Hello Ivan,
this is a such a good photo!
+++ The pose is a classic of a Nuthatch, great POV and a good composition that leaves enough space for the bird to look into ;)
The BG is amazing! The blotched colours are great. Superb lighting aswell.
Very, very sharp with good details. Perfect DOF. I love the texture on the tree.
--- There's some noise on the bird but it's no problem at all.
An outstanding shot.
Well done,

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-10-25 4:59]

Hola Ivan,
perfecta captura,
bello pose y detalles...
buen color plumaje y espléndido bg,

Hello Ivan,
wonderful shot with great sharpness and composition,superb pose captured.
very well done.


Great capture here,
Love the colors in the bg,
very nice,


gosh i wish i could take photos like this in poor light, not as if i see any nuthatches anyway, but it shows a clever use of the conditions.tfs

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-10-25 6:49]

Hi Ivan

A great picture and a terrific and informative note to go with it as well.
I especially like notes like this taht talk about how the picture was taken, in what conditions and how it turned out the way we see it here...thanks a lot for that. I believe we all can learn from this.
I'm VERY impressed here by the sharpness of the shot, considerring the very long focal length (420mm) and ONLY 1/60 of a shutter speed. My hat is off to you for that!
The details on the nuthatch came out very nice and the composition you managed to get here is lovely, exploring that classic pose they have.
The BG behind is simply magnificent, too! All those warm autumn colors blurred so nicely contrast well with the colors and textures on the bird and bark from teh FG.
What more can i say...Congrats!


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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-10-25 8:41]

Hi Ivan
Very nice presentation.Very good POV and very sharp image.Details and colors are lovely.I really like the colors of the BG.
TFS Michel

Hello again Ivan :o)
Very intersting shot of this European Nuthatch ,Perfect focusing,lighting and BG,
Superb shot,Welldone.


bonjour ivan
c'est une nouvelle fois remarquable,avec cette pose tout a fait partculiere chez les sitelles,et alors avec ce BG parfaitement flou et coloré c'est magnifique.

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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2007-10-25 11:04]

Hi Ivan,
Very good capture and well seen by you. Good sharpness and details.
Great pose of the nuthatch and the bg.... well what can I say other than wow great colours.
This is a joy to look at.
TFS Paula

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-10-25 11:24]

Hi Ivan. A nice picture of the Nuthatch on the tree trunk in its natural pose. you have captured it with your sharp focusing and fine detail. good natural colours.a very nice POV/DOF. well done TFS. good notes too.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-10-25 11:39]

Hi Ivan,
Marvellous shot with sharp details and awesome colours. Superb lighting, exposure and a wonderful pose captured. I like the colourful BG too much which sets up a nice tone to the shot. Excellent POV and very nicely composed. Kudos.

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  • ridvan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
  • [2007-10-25 12:00]

selam ivan ; wow excellent shot and very good composition of this lovely bird .nice pov and dof with splendid colours. well presented pose
Well done !
Regards ridvan

hej ivan!
nice on the nuthatch in
a fine pose,good sharpness
with fine composition and
a very nice background!
well done!

Hi Ivan,
Very nice shot with excellent details and sharpness.
You've captured this photo very nicely in bad condition and your editting is also very well.
I've been trying to capture this bird sometimes and they are all not good enough to post. :-)
Very well done and TFS,
Best regards,

You and your wife have similar captures in your eyes...the soft, gentle quiet of nature. The soft breeze or the stillness that brings out each step you take and you crunch over the leaves. Not enough to stop you from putting the lens to eye and clicking. Wonderful life you have. Wonderful place...

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-10-25 16:54]

Hi Ivan,

Beautiful nuthatch in a fantastic pose. Colors and details are superb. I just love the background.


Dear Ivan!
My first reaction was very simple and I would even say - not very complicated: WOW! :)
This is a really great photo! And I mean - not only because of fantastic (even if very typical for this species) pose, not only because of lovely and great sharpness and details. But also because of great control of light, depth of field and focus.
Addtional points/pluses for amazing colours of BG! It is simple fantastic! And perfectly allow to expose the bird.
And last thing, maybe a little strange but as you know I am not ornitologist :) - I just learned thanks to this presentation the English name of this species (in Polish it is kowalik :>).
My best regards,

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-10-26 1:20]

Hello Ivan,
What a beautiful shot. The automnal colours have given you an optimal background, and the Nuthatch was so nice to get in the right position at the right place :-). Excellent!
Thanks and best regards

Hi Ivan,
perfect capture of Nuthatch with great composition and POV/DOF, superb colors. Sharpness, details and eye contact excellent. good notes always. TFS
PS: Thank you very much for your message. The hedgehogs was taken free in nature after scientific search. İn tomorrow morning, Cyprus trip will finish.
Best wishes to you and Ulla.

Excellent image Ivan, I really like the OOF BG colors in this one.
Very well composed with sharp detail, great DOF and POV.
Have a great weekend,

Hi Ivan, lovely bird in strange pose, great blurry BG with splendid colors, wonderful details and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hej Ivan
Really cool and colorful shot! Nice BG, details and colours and classical pose of this cool bird.
TFS / Hälsningar

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-10-26 9:10]

Exquisite pose!
I love the delicacy of this capture and the colours and details are set off perfectly against that Bg.
Glad to hear that you are walking a little now

P.S. Thanks for your visit to my "Bejewelled"

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-10-26 10:42]

Hi Ivan.
It is not be truth. Because it is fantastic. Trunk, bird and BG all is outstanding as ell as the picture at whole. I think you know why I say these words. My congratulations and TFS.
P.S. I have added WS to my last post.

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  • rdfoto Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 372 W: 0 N: 719] (3295)
  • [2007-10-26 12:46]

Bonjour Ivan
Très belle prise, excellente gestion de l'exposition, netteté et couleurs. Beau sujet
Amicalement Robi

Congrats Ivan...
Besides hope you are okay...
What a background...
Do like the light, the sharpness,...
Well done

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-10-26 21:04]

Hello Ivan

A beautiful composition with the classic nuthatch pose.The OOF BG is wonderful showing rich autumnal colours.The lighting is very good and the nuthatch is well focused with well defined plumage.The bark of the tree has excellent texture too.The POV and DOF are super.very good eye contact.TFS


Really love the positioning on the wood - beautiful bg, details and image...
A very photogenic bird indeed...

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-10-27 1:21]

Hello Ivan,
Classic pose of this Nuthatch. Great sharpness and beautiful colours. Perfect DOF. Fantastic composition.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-10-27 10:17]

Hello Ivan, grea bird shot of this Nuthatch in its familiar pose. It looks pretty close to the one I posted today (Sitta carolinensis) but mine has not the big black stripe on its head. Well composed scene with very good sharpness nad exposure. Well done on the bokeh too. Thanks,


salut Ivan

AY YAY YAY what a great acrobats photo
this photo goes automatically to my favorites

from your photo i like :

the wonderful colors foreground as background,
the details and sharpeness of the foreground,
and the gret pov and framing



It is more than acceptable to me :) What a beautiful capture of a nice specie. Fall pictures make so nice backgrounds! I like this typical pose you captured with great details and exposure. They are like a mix between our white-breasted nuthatch and our red ones :) Beautiful!

Hi Ivan,
I like colorful background alot
Beautiful pose and details

Magnifique avec un superbe BG qui met tous ces détails en valeurs.

This is a lovely bird - even though common in your parts. Seems like most of the birds where I live are shades of brown and I'd love to travel more even in my own country to see more color. A bird like this that perches upside down is even more uncommon (unless you count Nuttall's Woodpecker who performs all kinds of angled perching!) Anyway - great focus and composition. You always have good use of Gaussian blur in your bg's. TFS!

Hi Ivan,
Simply I-R-R-E-S-T-I-B-L-E !!!!!!!!!
Sharp details. Wonderful colours of background...


Hello Ivan,

What a pleasure to find this piece of art in your gallery! As the title suggests, the autumn colors are visible in the surroundings and make such a perfect background. Before I read your notes I thought there were some colorful flowers that are visible in the background.
You achieved a great composition by following the rule of thirds. The simplicity in your composition makes your photo efficient and the wonderful colors in the background makes it stand out from the crowd.
The use of flash was a great idea as it filled in with the necessary light where the shadows were too harsh, even if from a distance. It's a fine picture with perfect exposure on the bird! Thank you!

With Friendly Regards,

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