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One fat Tit

One fat Tit
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Copyright: Callie de Wet (Callie) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-04-08
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D70, Sigma 70-200 f2.8
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/200 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Blue Tits [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-08-16 9:40
Viewed: 10020
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Blue Tit – Parus caeruleus – 11-15 cm. My field guide gives 12 tits for Britain and Europe. We do not find them in SA, so my info is very sketchy on them. I managed to see three of the tit species, all new to me. Tits are small, compact, tree climbing birds and insectivorous. They nest in tree holes, & readily in nesting boxes. With tits, it is everything or nothing – only one large brood a year, with eight or more chicks. Seeing a new bird species is always a treat, and being able to get a half decent picture of it is even better. I generally like to see the eyes of the bird before I am happy with the sighting. Some sightings are just fleeting, and leave one with an unfulfilled feeling of longing for more. I just love this puffy little critter, the only one that allowed me near enough to shoot him large enough.
Hampstead Heath is a very large park in Hampstead, London, Zone 2, on the Northern line, Belsize Station. Parliament Hill is in this park, and one has lovely views of London from here – not the general tourist picture views! I have spent some time exploring this park, which it rendered some good bird sightings. This photograph was taken at 09h33 on 8 April 2004 in this park.
Hand holding Nikon D70; ISO 200; Sigma 70-200 lens and 2X converter; 1/200 @ F7.1; +1 EV; Programme Mode; Fill flash; Pattern Metering Mode 20% cropping behind tail; bit of USM and saturation brightness; reduced to Site size. Focal length 400 mm. All comments welcomed & appreciated.

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Ach, Callie the bird expert,
Very good capture, great colours too, exelent dof, very good job.

Elke keer blijf je me verbazen. Ik denk dat je engelen geduld moet hebbedn voor zulke shots, goed werk Callie

Very nice Callie.
Nice colors and good composition.
Blue tit is very common bird in sweden.
When they ruffle up its feathers in the winter when it is -20 C to keep warm then they look very fat.
Good note
Well done

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  • Lesley Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 297 W: 13 N: 913] (2988)
  • [2004-08-16 10:42]

Lovely composition on this pretty little bird. I sure wish I had them in New England... my only nit-pick I have with this photo is the focus is too soft... perhaps the 2x teleconverter caused this as I have that problem with my 2x on a zoom lens as well. Other than that this is a fine photo.

I like him typical blue tit all fluffed up against the cold.at little soft bu still very nice seen perched on I think prunus spinosa (Blackthorn) a small fruited member of the plum side of the cherry family.

Bello... muy bello.
Gran composicion... gran encuadre y hermosos colorido Callie.
Coincido con Leslie (no en la calificacion) en que el foco es un poco suave... pero es una captura excepcional.
Me atreví a realizar un trabajo... espero sea de tu agrado.

Beautiful... very beautiful.
Great composition... great frame and pretty colorful Callie.
I agree with Leslie (not in the qualification) in which the focus is a little smooth... but it is an exceptional capture.
I dared to make a workshop... I hope you like it.

Great colors on the bird, and a fine diagonal compositional element provided by the blossoming branch. It appears slightly soft, albeit in a pleasant way. Well done, Callie.

Very nice pose Callie. I did not know ther were such lovely birds in England. Dof very good but I think a bit of sharpening could be in order. (Or are we dealing with camera-shake here.)

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-08-16 14:11]

It's a great shot with your usual excellence in colour and composition but as you probably know the focus isn't up to your customary high standard.

(as my uncle used to say - you'd have blue tits if you were out in that weather)

  • Great 
  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-08-16 15:16]

Pragtig. Very good capture and I would like to call it a sweet composition. The focus is not quite as sharp as your usual work, but this is still a great shot.Thanks for posting

A "Parus caeruleus" is worth two in the bush... Callie, this is very intersting seeing that it's a 1st for me, this tit. What lovely colours they have. Nice compo, and note. Thanx.

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2004-08-16 18:43]

A lovely capture of this little bird.
Excellent composition and DoF,great colours too.
A great shot and note,very well done.

Great capture,composition and color. I've got my own bird collection and I know how difficult it can be to get a good shot. A lot of time,and a lot of patience are required. I think birds in general may offer more diversity and color than most other animals..

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2004-12-11 6:18]

What a beautiful capture! The yellow feathers on the yellow tones of the branches. Well done, Janice

excellent capture, great pose and colours! A bit on the soft side, still a wonderful image.

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