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Copyright: Marie Proue (marieproue) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 564 W: 67 N: 437] (3674)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-02-22
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 40D, Canon EF 300mm f4 L IS, B+W 77mm MRC 007M Transparent
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-02-22 21:37
Viewed: 4906
Points: 65
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
Red-breasted nuthatch, the white dot on right is a snow flake.

Physical description :
Red-breasted nuthatch is smaller than Eurasian nuthatch, with much smaller, shorter and finer bill, and very different head pattern with all dark crown, and bold white supercilium above dark eye stripe. Cheeks are white. It has grey back, underparts are reddish, legs and feet are dark grey.
Female has blue-grey crown, and is paler underneath and has a narrower eye stripe.
Juvenile is duller than adults.

Voice : Red-breasted nuthatch's usual call is a slow, high, nasal, far-carrying 'nyahk-nyahk-nyahk' recalling toy tin horn. It gives more rapid series when agitated. This call also serves as a territory song. Contact call is a soft 'pit'.

Habitat : Red-breasted nuthatch is found in coniferous (spruce or pine) or mixed forests. It lives also in suburban habitat with sufficient conifers.
GEOGRAPHIC RANGE: Red-breasted nuthatch breeds from NW Canada to California, through the Rocky Mountains and across the border and Great Lakes region. It breeds also southwards from Newfoundland to the Appalachians.
It winters in breeding range and irregularly south to Gulf Coast and northern Florida.

Behaviour : Red-breasted nuthatch is able to walk down trees (head first) in its search for food. This bird spends most of its life in large trees. They work they way down a tree trunk, searching for grubs and insects in the bark crevices. They move over bark of trees very rapidly or wind about small twigs and needles of conifers at the end of branches, dart out into air for flying insects.
Red-breasted nuthatch pries open the pine cone scales with the bill to extract seeds. They are provident birds by gathering seeds when abundant, storing them under lichens, bark and other suitable hiding places, retrieving them when food is scarce.
Red-breasted nuthatches travel in small flocks at the end of summer to migrate. They are gregarious, chattering constantly among themselves. They are monogamous. Pairs remain together on their feeding territories if the corn crop has been good, or alternately, if they are close to a feeding station. Courtship displays are usually carried out among the branches and tops of coniferous trees.

Flight : Red-breasted nuthatch has an agile and rapid flight.

Reproduction-nesting : Both adults usually excavate a nesting place in a dead stub or limb of pine and other trees. Nest can be located at 5 to 100 feet high, usually about 15 feet above ground. It can also use an old nest of woodpecker.
Red-breasted nuthatch applies sticky conifer resin globules to the entrance of its nest hole. It may carry the resin in its bill or on pieces of bark that it uses as an applicator. Male puts it around the outside while female puts it around the inside. Resin may keep out predators. Red-breasted nuthatch avoids it by diving directly through the hole. Nest is made with grasses, rootlets, mosses, shreds of bark and plant fibres. It's lined with finer materials.
Female lays 5 to 6 white or creamy non glossy eggs, spotted brown. Incubation lasts about 12 days, by female alone. The first young bird leaves the nest about 18 to 21 days after hatching.
Both parents feed them.

Food habits : Red-breasted nuthatch is very fond of seeds of pines and other conifer trees.
In spring and summer, it feeds on beetles, wasps, caterpillars, insect eggs and crane flies. It comes to feeding stations for suet, chopped kernels of walnuts, pecans, peanuts and sunflowers seeds.
Young are fed with 100% animal food.

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2008-02-22 22:05]

Hello Marie,
Looks like you capture this one on the dark,
very nice pose by the bird.. Well done


Hi Marie, lovely little bird in nice pose, wonderful colors,good use ofr flash, very well done, have a great week end, ciao Silvio

Hello Marie,

It is a beautiful composition of this Red-breasted nuthatch. A very nice diagonal pose of this bird. Natural colors. But the bird is a bit out of focus and I think your BG has to much noise. It could be better. Very interesting notes. Thanks for that.

Hola Marie.
Encantador herrerillo.
Bellos colores y orginal encuadre.
Un cordial saludo, JL.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2008-02-23 1:14]

Very pretty little bird. Good composition, nice pose and very natural colours. I like the little fleck of snow that it has in it's beak.
I see you are using a canon, I also have one and love the ease as which it handles. I'm hoping on getting a macro lens this summer so I can get some really closeup shots.

Bela foto deve ser bem pequeno e muito ligeiro este passaro meus parabéns por esta captura.

bonjour Marie

malgrè le buits numérique de l'arrière-plan
c'est une très belle photo prise sur le vif,
excellent moment pour cliquer la caméra
dans cette pose caractéristique des sitelles,
le POV et le cadrage sont excellents, tout comme
les détails du plumage et de la luminosité de l'image, TFS


Hello Marie,

Interesting notes with a cunning start. I like it and and thanks for sharing it with us.

The bird is very well captured with excellent sharpness in the head and beak. Very well perched on that diagonal branch and snow flakes against the dark clear background. Well cropped giving space for the bird to view. Well done and have a wonderful weekend.


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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-02-23 7:41]

Hello Marie,
beautiful image of this little Nuthatch.
I guess it's still very cold there seeing as snow is still falling!
It's getting warmer here now but March/April usually sends a cold spell! :-)
Superb clarity and sharpness.
Great composition.
Well done Marie.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-02-23 8:55]

Hi Marie,

I love the single snowflake! A lovely little Nuthatch in a cute pose. Very pretty colors and nice details. A nice composition on the slightly diagonal branch with snow on it.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-02-23 9:35]

Hello Marie,
This is a fine POV of a Red-breasted Nuthatch caught in a typical pose with the upward pointing beak. This is sharp enough to show good detail and though the colours are good the use of flash has caused a 'night-time' effect when I assume this was taken in daylight. The composition is excellent.
Thanks for sharing this one,

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-02-23 9:38]

Hi Marie.
I like your fine picture of the cute bird at impressive scenery. Composition of the picture, rich colours and details are amazing. Shot is exposed perfectly. Lights and shadows are reflected perfectly. My compliments and TFS.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-02-23 13:25]

Hi Marie,
Wonderful shot of this Nuthatch in a fine alert pose. Nice colours and details on its plumage and you have used the flash lighting quite effectively. Great POV and composition. Kudos.

Quite correctly said that this bird is a popular one in Europe for sure...and while we have them here as well, not in number nor in quite same species same genus from what I read. Very nicely done!

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-02-23 15:52]

Bonjour Marie, belle photo d'un de mes oiseaux préférés, en fait je pense que chaque oiseau est mon préféré ;-) Mais les petites sittelles ont quelque chose de tellement mignon, ces petites courbes, le petit corps en forme d'oeuf, et elles sont petites. Tu nous la montres tellement bien, comme en un mouvement de côté. merci pour la belle photo!


Coucou Marie, je te félicite pour cette excellente photo de cette sitelle,
excellente qualité,

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  • Ena Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 324 W: 61 N: 594] (2454)
  • [2008-02-24 0:41]

Hi Marie,
Nice capture of this beautiful bird!
Nice pose!

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2008-02-24 1:01]

Hello Marie,
A beautiful capture of this lovely Red-breasted nuthatch in a wonderful pose.TFS

Hello Marie,

What a perky little nuthatch! With a snow flake!
I watched one of these in the Lake District a few weeks ago but couldn't get close enough for a shot!

Excellent pov! Lovely natural colours!
I like your composition very much!

kind regards,
Bev :-)

Hi Marie
Your Red-breasted Nuthatch is so cute. His colour came out spot on. The detail is nice and sharp. Good note, DOF and lighting. Well done.
TFS Janice

Bonjour Marie,
very good use of the flash to brings out the total clarity, good colour and details on the Nuthatch!
captured well with a good pose of him
well done

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-02-24 19:50]

Hello Marie

The pose is classic with lovely composition.
Very good detail and good focus.
The branch passes through the frame in a nice diagonal direction.


Bonsoir Marie,

Très belle composition. Bon focus. Très belles couleurs. C'est seulement un peu dommage que la photo soit un peu bruitée.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-02-25 6:59]

Bonjour Marie,
Your use of fill flash here was great. You have captured great colors and nice details in this excellent composition Marie, thank you for sharing.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-02-25 7:36]

Bonjour Marie, c'est une superbe capture de cette poitrine rousse! Bien captée dans cette belle pose, de beaux détails bien nets et une bonne exposition, bravo et merci!


Hi Marie,

I love Nuthatches, but have only seen a couple and never close enough to photograph. So I'm extremely envious that you have such a great shot of one in your collection. Really effective composition and framing. Well done.


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  • JPlumb Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 618 W: 158 N: 896] (2904)
  • [2008-02-25 21:25]

Hi Marie, I haven't seen a lot of the Red-breasted Nuthatches, mainly just the white. This guys looking good in this this pose with the upturned beak. Great detail and colour on the bird, he looks like he's into a bit of a lean. Depth of field is not bad, though there may be just a bit of noise in the background, might be from the flash?

Thanks, John

Remarquable gros plan qui fait bien ressortir les couleurs.
Bonne journée.

bonjour marie
c'est un bel oiseau et une belle pose,mais je ne sais pas si cela vient de moi mais le BG est tout bizard!!

Hello Marie,
This little fellow seems to do well during the winter!
Fluffy and well fed, here captured with fine details sitting on his favourite branch...
Well composed presentation and fine colours!
Pablo -

:-) OK-

Salut Marie,
Tu as capturée une très belle pose dynamique de cette petite! Elle ressort bien sur le background foncé avec de belles couleurs et détails. La composition est extra. L'usage du flash est bien dosé, est-ce que l'as pris avec l'extender? Superbe!

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  • Bass Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 173 W: 0 N: 233] (974)
  • [2008-04-01 13:37]

Hi Marie,
very nice capture of this bird. Nice to see all its colours over the black BG. Good details over the bird and the stick. Good POV, focus and light. well done!
I would prefer the pic with a hole black BG, but that is just my opinion.
have a nice day

Hello Marie,
Nice shot, excelletn composition and pov, good
sharpness and great pose.

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