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Willow tit (Talltita)

Willow tit  (Talltita)
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Copyright: Gert Ellstrom (ellis49) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3434 W: 331 N: 505] (2254)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-11-08
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 7D, Canon EF 300mm f/4 USM L, Digital RAW 400, 1.4 X converter
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/320 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Alex99 favorite pics [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-12-17 8:50
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Points: 42
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Thanks for your comments of my previous post.

This small bird is Willow tit, very difficult to differ from the Marsh tit especially in winter time-
But this picture is taken far north where the Marsh tits are rare.
It’s a small active bird around 11 cm long and with a wing span of 6-7 cm.
The Willow mostly stay the winter even very cold winters.

From Wikipedia,
The Willow Tit (Poecile montanus) is a passerine bird in the tit family Paridae. It is a widespread and common resident breeder throughout temperate and subarctic Europe and northern Asia. It is more of a conifer specialist than the closely related Marsh Tit, which explains it breeding much further north. It is resident, and most birds do not migrate.In the east of its range it is much paler than Marsh Tit, but as one goes west the various races become increasingly similar, so much so that it was not recognised as a breeding bird in Great Britain until the end of the 19th century, despite being widespread.
The Willow Tit is distinguished from the Marsh Tit by a sooty brown instead of a glossy blue black cap; the general colour is otherwise similar, though the under parts are more buff and the flanks distinctly more rufous; the pale buff edgings to the secondaries form a light patch on the closed wing. The feathers of the crown and the black bib under the bill are longer, but this is not an easily noticed character.

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Canon 300mm/F4.0 L, 1,4x extender, tripod, spot metering, ISO 400, Raw-format, av-mode.
Levels, Contrast, Crop, resized to 800 pixels, PP in the new PS CS5.
Well calibrated Eizo monitor, calibrated/profiled with spyder3 elite

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hello Gert
a other great picture of you
with Super Sharpness and very nice pose
super good light and nice BG
great shot Gert
thanks greeting lou

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-12-17 8:59]

Hello Gert.
Wow, the detail is so fine, really nice work, you should be proud of how clear and unobstructed the shot is as one can admire this lovely bird, nice camera work!Best regards Siggi

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-12-17 9:06]

Hello Gert
Superb capture as usual. Thanks for sharing

Ciao Gert, elegant bird on a lovely blurry BG, splendid colors, fine details and excellent sharpness, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-12-17 9:58]

Hello Gert,
An excellent fairly recent capture of this lovely little Willow Tit in a nice pose and against a lovely background. Amazing how they survive the cold winter!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-12-17 10:19]

Hi Gert,
Excellent photo of this Parus montanus, TFS!

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-12-17 11:13]

Hi Gert,what a beautiful portrait and what a top quality pic! Impressive focus,plums details,sharpness and very nice position too,a very professional work!Thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano.

Awesome simplicity, lovely natural clean colors, impeccable detail/sharpness and composition, friend Gert. Good evening! Your current collection is undoubtedly a fine example for all of us! Bravo!
George Veltchev

nice portrait, TFS Ori

Hi Gert,
Excellent picture of this Willow Tit. Details are very fine and sharp. You have managed to capture the bird in very good lively position. Natural colours, good framing and soft nice background.
Thanks for sharing.

The long tail saved you from centering too much. A stroke of luck? No. You know how to do it. This is another bird which reminds me slightly of a chick a dee. I think it is the bi
Lack band in head. OOF B'drop is fine, but you knew that as well.

Hello Gert,
What a nice capture with splendid colours and details with exceptional POV and fantastic blurred background.
Wonderful composition!

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-12-18 4:03]

Bonjour Gert,
Very cute pose of the little Willow Tit. Perfect sharpness and a subtle background with fine tints fitting well with the bird's plumage. Simple and very pleasant.
Kind regards

Hi Gert.
Impressive photo with nice colours wonderful BG and excellent sharpness.
I will send you some directions to find me. Lanius meridionalis is still at Pafos. If you are lucky it will stay for all the winter.
Regards, Christodoulos.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-12-18 5:30]

Fine image of very cute bird in good pose, beautiful portrait. tfs.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-12-18 7:02]

Hello Gert,
What a beauty!, the bird as well as the photo. Great sharpness, details, natural colours and a splendid OOF BG. Excellent composition.

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2010-12-18 23:39]
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Hi Gert

It's been a while MF. How are you? Hope those wrists are holding up to the cold and the
weight of your equipment. What a pleasure to once more feast my eyes on a typical and
perfect Ellström image. Looking at this image I once again realise that there is nothing to
teach a maestro. The only thing one can do is to look and appreciate. You know me, I will
not say so if it is not so. Therefore I can say so, because I know it is so, and nobody else
can say it's not so. Isn't it so (chuckle)? I just love the crispness of the details, the perfect
harmony in the composition, the visually pleasing colour spectrum, the perfectly isolated
Willow Tit, and the touch of love that is an unmistaken stamp of the Ellström magic.

Well done MF and TFS.
Take care and have a great weekend.

During this time of year the commercialised words "Peace & Goodwill" always gets blown
out or proclaimed in a superfluous plethora of advertisements, catalogues and billboards
by the mass media, radio and TV. Wherever one looks or listens you get blasted with
this notion, but spare a moment in your thoughts and prayers to the ill-fated realities of
those less fortunate. Those that are living in war torn countries, those whose lives were
disrupted by natural catastrophes, those that do not have enough food on the table,
those who are removed from friends and family, those who do not have the privilege of
love and laughter in their lives.

FAITH makes all things possible
LOVE makes all things BEAUTIFUL,
It is my whish that you will have all three of these in abundance for this Christmas.
MERRY CHRISTMAS and a wonderful New Year!

Hi Gert

Good to see you here again. Fantastic shot of this Willow tit. Have a Merry Christmas and happy New Year


Bonjour Gert,
Trčs belle publication valorisant bien le sujet par l'appréciation de la finesse des détails et la délicatesse des couleurs.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Hi Gert,
Your "Willow Tit" is very similar to the Black-capped Chickadee here where I live.
Fine details and excellent exposure/color. Great BG too Gert.
Merry Christmas from the Great state of Texas! :)

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2010-12-28 9:25]

Hi Gert.
Only this autumn I have seen this species near my countryside house. I did not know that these bird widespread here. One day I tried to shoot them but I could not get any good picture. Shooting condition were pore enough, I used new 2.0x converter. It did not promote quality of pictures. However, I watch your picture with great pleasure and hope that sometimes I may be could take something similar. I also used Canon 7D of my friends few days. It is very good.

At shot I like superb exposure and reproduction of all even tinies details of the charming birdy and dry piece of wood. BG is amazing too. Well done and TFS.

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