|Copyright: Tom Conzemius (pirate)
|Date Taken: 2005-05-27|
|Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF 300mm f/2.8 L USM|
|Exposure: f/9.0, 1/200 seconds|
|Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes|
|More Photo Info: [view]|
|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2007-06-24 4:17|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|Great Tit is by far the most common Tit in Luxembourg. This one is breeding in my garden just 5 meters in front of my window where I am sitting right now at my PC.|
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Great Tit, Parus major, is a passerine bird in the tit family Paridae. It is a widespread and common species throughout Europe and Asia in any sort of woodland. It is resident, and most Great Tits do not migrate.
Great Tits are easy to recognize, large in size at 14 cm, with a broad black line (broader in the male) down its otherwise yellow front. The neck and head are black with white cheeks and ear coverts. Upper parts are olive. It has a white wingbar and outer tail feathers. In young birds the black is replaced by brown, and the white by yellow.
Great Tits come in many races, but they fall into three groups. Great Tits in temperate Europe and Asia are essentially green above and yellow below. Great Tits in China, Korea, Japan and southeastern Russia are green above and white or yellow-tinged white below, and birds in India and south-east Asia are grey above and whitish below.
It is, like other tits, a vocal bird, and has a large variety of calls, of which the most familiar is a "teacher, teacher", also likened to a squeaky wheelbarrow wheel. Interestingly, Great Tits from the two south Asian groups of races do not recognize the calls of the temperate Great Tits, and they may be a separate species.
Any hole will do for a nest, and it will readily take to nest boxes. The number in the clutch is often very large, but seven or eight white eggs, spotted red, are normal, with bigger clutches being laid by two or even more hens. The bird is a close sitter, hissing when disturbed.
Great Tits are primarily insectivores. They prefer protein rich caterpillars during breeding season to feed their young. A study published in 2007 found that Great Tits helped to reduce caterpillar damage in apple orchards by 50%.
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Great capture of lovely and cute bird. You are lucky having it in your garden. Coloration, action and POV wonderful. Good timing and notes. TFS
Have a nice weekend.
- [2007-06-24 4:29]
A nice capture of this great tit,great use of fill falsh,the colors,sharpness and details are superb,you got nice neighbours the house next door,tfs
- [2007-06-24 5:39]
Hi Tom. a very good shot of the Tit. good detail and colour . with sharp focus. very well captured as they donot stay still for very long.nice POV. very well done TFS. with good notes to.
A nice fill flash exposure on this Great Tit. Colors and detail look very good. Looks like it is taking a meal to thenest. Maybe some baby shots in the future? Nice shot!
happy babies who will get this meal!
- [2007-06-24 14:20]
Tom, great indeed.
Excellent composition, pov and catchlight. I like colors and bg too.
- [2007-06-24 20:29]
Very nice composition with supper going home, sharp focus and great exposure, thanks for sharing.
- [2007-06-26 6:11]
Tom this is very nice shot. The composition and the POV is too good. the work the bird is hlding on the beak is interesting. Ganesh PT?