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Eurasian Nuthatch

Eurasian Nuthatch
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Copyright: Fikret Yorgancioglu (fiyo) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-08-09
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, AF Nikkor 300mm ED f/4
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/400 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): My favourite naturescapes [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-11-14 10:16
Viewed: 3030
Points: 30
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Binomial name
Sitta europaea
Linnaeus, 1758

Tr.Name: Sıvacı kuşu

Scientific classification:
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum : Vertebrata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Sittida
Genus: Sitta
Species: S. europaea

It is a resident bird of deciduous woods and parkland, with some old trees for nesting. It feeds on insects, seeds and nuts. Its old name “nut-hack” derives from its habit of wedging a nut in a crevice in a tree, and then hacking at it with its strong bill.

It has the ability, like other nuthatches, to climb down trees, unlike species such as woodpeckers which can only go upwards. It will come to bird feeding tables, and is then very aggressive, driving other species away.

The Eurasian Nuthatch is 14cm long and has the typical nuthatch big head, short tail and powerful bill and feet. It is blue-grey above, with a black eyestripe. Asian and north European birds (S. e. asiatica and S. e. europaea respectively) are white below except for chestnut in the vent area. The western European S. e. caesia has generally reddish underparts. Young birds are "washed out" versions of the adults.

Nests are in holes or crevices, lined with bark or grass. The size of the hole’s entrance may be reduced by the building of a neat mud wall. Five to eight eggs are laid, white speckled with red.

This is a noisy bird, often located by its repeated tui-tui-tui call.


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great light and amazing cature, TFS Ori

Merhaba Fikret bey,
What a beauty! Very unusual capture of this Sitta, with a fantastic natural frame, great light and warm colours. Excellent sharpness and eye contact. İyi akşamlar,

hello Fikret
this is a special pose with great sharpness and good details
the colours are very beautiful
greeting lou

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-11-14 11:32]

Hello Fikret,
A photo in very beautiful warm colours. The trunk, the Wood Nuthatch and the BG are all gorgeous. Fantastic sharpness and DOF. Wonderful composition with a very nice pose of the bird.

Hello Fiket,
amazing sharpness and very nice colours. Super composition. Interesting similarities between the bird and the branch.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-11-14 12:41]

Hello Fikret,
A wonderful capture in perfect lighting that's brought out the fine colours of the Nuthatch. Beautiful lichens too and very nicely composed.
TFS and best regards, Ulla

A beautiful bird on a pretty perch presented in poetic elegance and simplicity. Nothing to fault from the viewpoint of fine photography. Thank you indeed my friend Fikret, for sharing with us this wonderful photographic creation, which runs parallel to creation itself!

That's really fantastic... such clarity.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-11-14 22:30]

Merhaba Fikret bey,
Excellent capture of a European Nuthatch. The head and shoulders are shown in a fine pose, from a POV that shows its features with excellent sharpness and colours. Good eye contact too.
I also like the composition with the lichen-covered branch.
Our subspecies in Scandinavia has white instead of orange..
Thanks and kind regards,

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2010-11-14 23:21]

Dear Fikret

You present us a superb bird picture. I particulalrly like the composition with the branch on the left embracing the bird. The repetition of the colour tones in the bird's feathers and the branch is marvellous. also appreciate the rich details and the fine lighting. Just magnificent!

Kind regards


Selamlar fikret bey,
mükemmel bir kare,
harika bir tür ve ben ötüşlerini çok seviyorum.
Elinize sağlık.
En güzel dileklerimle.
Kurban bayramınız mübarek olsun.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-11-15 4:18]

Hello Fikret,
A most beautiful birdshot! I love your special unclassical presentation. Lovely light and a sharpness we never will reach...
Excellent again!
Kind regards

Hallo Fikret
Splendid image. It is indeed a feast to the eye and cannot go unnoticed. The way you captured it from so close-by is just great. It gives the feeling that one just want to reach out and stroke the plumage, especially the brown on the throat. Marvellous display of the detail of the eye, and the pencil shape beak. I very much like the light as well as the tree trunk in the image, as it all give extra oomph to the image as a whole. I like it a lot. Thanks for sharing.
Best regards

Bonjour Fikret,
Très belle publication, bien composée, valorisant le sujet dans son environnement.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Brilliant shot like this, colors and composition working together

well done

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