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Long tailed Tit

Long tailed Tit
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Copyright: NICHOLAS GLEN (nglen) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-12-06
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 40D
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/250 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-12-07 6:19
Viewed: 3123
Points: 64
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This is my first picture of a Long tailed Tit and the first time i have seen one in my garden . I could hear a sound that was unusual and it just flew in to feed . I would have liked a better perch but perhaps next time.

Long-Tailed Tit . ( Aegithalos caudatus ) Length 14 cm.

The tiny rounded body and slender tail of the Long tailed Tit gives it a ball and stick shape, that is quite unique among European birds.

In summer family parties move noisily through bushes and undergrowth, but in the winter they often travel through woodland in much larger groups, crossing gaps between trees .

Feeding flocks often resemble animated feather dusters.

The plumage can look black and white but at close range has a pinkish wash to the underpatrs and pinkish buff look on their back.

It has a tiny stubby bill.

Voice: High, thin, colourless seee seee seee short abrupt low trrp or zerrp.

Nesting: Rounded nest of Lichen., moss, cobwebs and feathers with a side entrance in low bush. 8-12 eggs, 1 brood. April-June.

Feeding: Tiny Insects and Spiders taken from twigs and foliage, some seeds.

They are becoming increasingly seen at garden feeders.

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Ciao Nicholas,
bellissima immagine di Codibugnolo, catturato con ottima definizione e splendidi colori, eccellenti POV e composizione che mettono ben in risalto il piumaggio e la lunga coda di questo grazioso e frenetico uccellino.

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  • Dan Gold Star Critiquer [C: 113 W: 0 N: 2] (18)
  • [2008-12-07 6:40]

Hi Nicholas,

the value of your photo is made by the quality - good details and cbeautiful coloursv - but more important, the difficulty to catch still this small fussy bird, in good position, light, etc.
TFS, Dan.

Hi Nicholas,
a fine picture of the Long tailed tit, your birds are a bit different from ours, our tits are white on the head-
Up they us to be very social and are not afraid but very restless and mobile.
You did well with this shot, good sharpness and fine details.
The colours are fine and so are the WB.
Well done, my friend.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2008-12-07 7:00]

Hi Nicholas
I like this shoot, rich in details and wonderful colors. Good job.
Best regards.
Razvan Zinica

Hi Nicholas,

Superb photo.
Nice colours with fantastic details.
Lighting,focus and sharpness are fantastic.
Good composition.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-12-07 7:43]

Hello Nick,
Congratulations both on this being a first for you and for taking this Long-tailed Tit from such a fine POV and with excellent sharpness, lighting and the pleasing and unusual BG of laurel leaves.
Nice shot of this difficult species and thanks for sharing it.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-12-07 7:47]

Hi Nick,

I've only looked at a few posts and this is the second bird I have not seen before. He looks adorable with that cute little face and long long tail. I love his colorings - I can see the pink tinge to his plummage. Nice sharp details and your garden is a lovely setting. I had to laugh at what you wrote - I run outside with camera in hand whenever I hear a strange tweet or call.


Fine show Nick. A slightly different production from your usual...We use that same deck colour paint for ours..and it comes off in a year...glad we moved from that old house..although it was 1/2 mile of beach walk from the ocean:-(....Good shot with fine greenery in the backdrop...

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-12-07 8:39]

Hello Nicholas,
A beautiful Long-Tailed Tit that you are showing here. Lovely pose and the image is in sharp focus. I like the way you composed this picture very much. TFS.
Best regards Siggi

Hello Nicholas
This is a fine capture of the Long Tailed Tit..I am surprised that you saw just one..I am seeing them in a group of a dozen or more searching through the trees for food at this cold time of the year.

Hello Nicholas,
nice shot, interesting species
TFS Ferran

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-12-07 11:45]

Hello Nick,
A group of these birds are regulary in my garden, but they are difficult to photograph. They never sit still, always on the move.
You made a superb photo in beautiful sunlight. Splendid warm colours and very sharp. Excellent POV and composition.

Gracias por tu amable y rápido comentario Nicholas jajaja.
La toma es preciosa como siempre en tus trabajos. Sigo sin entender como puedes capturar tantas especies diferentes: no es lo mismo aves que insectos !!!

Un abrazo: Josep Ignasi.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-12-07 12:43]

Hi Nicholas,
Very nice capture of this long tailed tit.I liked details on plumage,catchlight in eyes and composition a lot.
Thanks for posting.

Hi Nick
Good to meet you today! A fine shot of this Long-tailed Tit - not an easy bird to photograph as they always seem to be on the move. As you say, pity about the perch but at least you've picked up some fine colours and detail on the bird.
Kind Regards

Ciao Nick, lovely bird with long tail, wonderful capture with fine details and excellent sharpness, great light and colors, I like a lot, ciao Silvio

Hi Nick,

A fine capture of this beautiful long-tailed tit in a fine composition with wonderful details, sharpness, nice DOF and POV.
TFS and cheers,


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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-12-07 15:27]

Hi Nick

A lovely capture - but however did you get it to stay still long enough? - they always move so fast - in a 'gang'.


Hi Nick,
Very good capture of this lovely Long-tailed Tit. Although they are not very shy they are very difficult to photograph as move constantly. You have very good pose and composition, sharp details and good lighting.

Hello Nicholas,
Great capture of this adorable bird with its long tail and cute little bill, excelletn sharpness and clarity, nice details and lovely lighting, well done.

Hallo Nicholas
A great capture of this tit. A very good close approach, showing clear and sharp details on the plumage and polkadot eye. A truly sensational, beautiful and petite bird. Great in sharpness, lighting, depth of field and focus. Thanks for sharing.
Kind regards

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-12-08 5:09]

hello Nicholas,
Yesterday I saw also a pair of these cute birds close to my house, they are so vivid and quick. You have been lucky to have one being still for a moment and take this natural and pleasant shot. It seems that they are more numerous since a few years.
Best regards and thanks

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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2008-12-08 7:53]

Hi Nick!
A fine capture of this beautiful long-tailed tit. Nice colours with fantastic details, very good pose and composition, and good lighting.
Best regards.


Hi Nicholas,

This birds I been seen them almost every day on the moment.
They are so quick and shy and I can't get it on photo.
So you do it very well, nice pov and good of sharpness.
Beautiful natural colours.


Hi Nicholas,
Une espèce bien singulière avec une queue d'une longueur peu commune et une tête bien rondelette! Belle capture

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-12-08 15:30]

Brilliant photo of this cute little Long-tailed Tit!
Really good sharpness.
Excellent composition.
Nice colours.

Very well done,

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2008-12-08 18:35]

Hello Nick,
What a beautiful Tit! Congratulations my friend for this
first timer, it's so thrilling isn't? Very nice photo, great
POV and excellent composition.. Well done


Hi Nicholas!

Congratulations for this first! It seems that the birds appreciate your garden very much! Well, they probably also know that they have the opportunity to become famous due to the wonderful pictures the owner of the garden takes of them! Do you show them their portraits?


Kind regards


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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-12-09 4:06]

Hi Nick,
Though I've seen them many times I somehow can't get a good shot... Looks very cute. Good POV and details with a nice pose. TFS
All the best,

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-12-09 7:45]

Hello Nick,
Thank you for sharing this great image of this cute species. The colors and details are superb, giving us a great view.

Hello Nicholas,

Very beautiful capture of this long tailed tit. Excellent composition and focus. These small birds are certainly not easy to capture, they are nervous and I have never seen one perched on a fence(?) like that.

Hi Nick,

Great pic so much nicer than mine! If you want to pursuade these little cuties to feed in your garden try kiplins apple tarts, at my local nature reserve they go mental for them!

Sometimes its nice to see a garden pic and sitting on a post is just as nice as one sitting on a branch.

Thanks for sharing.

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