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Blue Tit


Blue Tit
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Copyright: Deborah Kelleher (Debz) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-11-29
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 350D, Canon EF70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM, 58mm U.V. filter
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Blue Tits [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-11-30 5:10
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 80
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Blue Tit
Parus caeruleus

Family
Tits (Paridae)

Overview
An agile bird, the blue tit is most often seen flitting onto bird feeders. It is a small, sky blue and yellow bird with white cheeks and a dark eye stripe. In winter, family flocks of blue tits are joined by great tits, long-tailed tits and other woodland species, as they search for food. Its colourful mix of blue, yellow, white and green make the blue tit one of the most attractive resident garden birds. Almost any garden with a peanut feeder will attract them and they readily breed in nestboxes.

They will entertain for hours by hanging upside down from feeders, branches, etc. They are also opportunists and will often peck through foil milk bottle tops for the cream.

Nesting
Blue Tits will nest in any hole in a tree, wall or nest box. They are well known for nesting in more unusual places, such as letter boxes, pipes, etc. The nest is a cup made by the female from moss, wool, dead leaves, spiders’ webs, and lined with down.

Their clutch size is the largest among nidicolous species, laying typically 10 to 12 eggs. The eggs are laid at such a time that green caterpillars will be abundant when the chicks hatch. Second clutches are rare.

The eggs are smooth and glossy, and white with purplish-red or reddish-brown spots. They are about 16 mm by 12 mm. The female incubates the eggs by herself. After the young hatch, they are fed by both parents.

When to see them
All year round. The Blue Tit is resident and does not usually wander more than a few kilometres far from its natal (birth) place.

What they eat
Insects, caterpillars, seed, nuts and in autumn, berries.

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Hi Deborah
You did good work by capturing this little blue one.
Pose, details and colurs are really nice.
TFS
Ralf

hello deborah,
lovely capture, looks like the littele bird is thinking about something, well composed shot, nice pov, beautiful colours, sharp image with good details of the plumage,
well done,
tfs & regards
pankaj

Ripresa dettagliatissima e molto bella; luce e POV ottimi!

Coamplimenti e grazie, ciao, Emanuele

Hi Deborah,
gorgeous shot of this Blue Tit.
His legs look in a very uncomfortable position!
Great POV, DOF, BG, colours and lighting.
I did a workshop... I hope you don't mind.
Well done,
Joe

Hi Debz,
What an excellent image of the Blue Tit.
Great use of angles and thirds. Perfect composition and detail. BG colors compliment the subject. A favorite for me! TFS,
Thomas

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-11-30 6:37]

Hi Deborah,
wow a lovely shot of this Blue Tit. Excellent composition and bang on DOF, very good detail in his feathers too, great work!
Paul

Hello Deborah
Very nice shot of this beautiful Blue tit,
Great focusing,DOF and composition,
Superb shot,Welldone.

Regards
fartashphoto.com

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-11-30 6:52]

What a cute capture, Deborah! Magnificent focus with great details and very good DOF.
A beautiful composition.
TFS
Maite

Hello Deborah,
A beauty with very nice colours...
Well done
TFS
Annick

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-11-30 8:14]

Hello Debz,
Of all the TN shots of the Blue Tit, this is one of the best. Not only is this sharp and with fine colours and lighting, but you have caught this one in a fantastic pose that shows up all the aspects of the plumage at their best. The composition and fine neutral BG help to set it off very well.
Well done and thanks,
Ivan

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-11-30 8:32]

Hello Deborah,
Well done! This is a lovely capture of the Blue Tit, very cute and details are impressive and light and colours beautiful.
I like the background too and the composition is very nice!
Many thanks, Ulla

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-11-30 8:33]

Hi Deborah

Great close-up - excellent detail in the feathers.

TFS

James

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  • Ena Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 324 W: 61 N: 594] (2454)
  • [2007-11-30 8:49]

Hi Deborah!
Perfect catch! Excellent sharpness and colors!
Regards
Ena

bonjour deborah
superbe,les couleurs sont vraiment fideles a la realité,les details dans le pluumage tres present et le POV est bien choisit.
bravo.
laurent

Hello Deborah,

Beautiful composition! Very good sharpness and very nice natural colours and light.
Well done,
Cheers,
Mariki

Hi Deborah,
Very nice picture. Informative note. TFS.
- Nirmal

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-11-30 9:59]

Hi Debz

That is a pretty little blue-tit in perfect sharpness and beautiful colours. Lovely composition and perfect DOF as well

TFS

Karan

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-11-30 11:46]

Hello Deborah,
Lovely photo of this Blue Tit. Very sharp, well composed with great colours. Beautiful BG and POV. Great composition.
Regards,
Peter

Chirpy happy little chappie ... well caught, feather detail is good, colours are good.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-11-30 13:36]

Hi Debz. This is a very good close up of the cute little bird. not an easy one to get they never stay still for long so you have done weel. you have captured fine detail and colours in the feathers.well done TFS.
Nick..
have a good weekend.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-11-30 13:38]

Hola amiga,
buena captura,
color detalles, y buen pose,
saludos Deborah

Hello Debz,
I loved this photo a lot from you!
very cute little fellow well captured in best pov, total sharpness, vivid colour and so much details
the exposure and focus is spot on!
very well done indeed
best wishes
Tony

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2007-11-30 14:37]

Hello Deborah,
this is a beautiful picture with very good POV and composition.Lovely light and nice colours.

Deborah,

Heck of a job,
Lovely image of the Blue,
Great colors and very well captured,

fototab

Hello Deborah
Great capture of this wonderful bird!
Excellent sharpness and colors.
Very good POV and luminosity.
Congratulations for the wealth of details.
Well done!
Best wishes,
José Roberto

Hi Deborah,
what a lively portrait, what a beautiful pose! BRilliant colours, pleasant atmosphere. Looks really refreshing and clear. Thank you!
With best regards,
Peter

Very fine capture of this beautiful bird, Deborah.
The point of view you chose to shoot the bird is very effective. It presents the bird in full details and colours on its body.
Well done and TFS.
Ram

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2007-11-30 22:10]

Hello Deb,
I don't have much time today, only to make a quick point
You got a fantastic shot, wonderful presentation.. Well
done my friend..

Everton

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-12-01 1:57]

Hi Deborah,
Just marking this wonderful post from you and will return with a proper critique later. Sorry, work pressure.
Regards.
Sumon

Hi Debz, lovely bird with splendid colors, great sharpness and good blurry BG, very well done, ciao Silvio

Great detail and colour on this blue tit Deborah. Small bird handled well. Best, Brat.

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  • krall Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 190 W: 0 N: 47] (1286)
  • [2007-12-02 10:14]

Hı, good photo !

F5,6 ?

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-12-02 17:23]

Hello Deborah,
Superb details and colors from your great camera work, give us an amazing view of this tiny bird, thanks.
Rick

Hi Deborah,
I like the POV and pose most of all.
Very good exposure, color, detail, and BG..
A well composed image :)
Howard

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-12-03 20:27]

Hello Deborah

Another beautiful little bird.I like the expression you have caught.he looks like he is intrigued by something on the branch.
Excellent focus and sharpness.
The lighting is very good and the colours appear natural .
The plumage detail is well defined,his feathers on his head look like a slicked back hairdo.
Nicely done
TFS

Rob

Hi Deborag,
What a corking little Blue Tit. All sharp, good colours, nice position, whites a little burnt out but you would be expecting me to say that.
Very Nice,
Regards,
Peter

Hello Deborah,
This is a fine composition, and the fluffy little featherball looks great!
Good feeling of depth thanks to accurate DOF, fine colour palette...
Greetings,
Pablo -

Debz this is just gorgeous love everything about the shot perfect focus and dof is good. Nice pose you got and lovely branch with no distractions wonderfull tfs rgds Necip.

Hello Debz
This is a superbly sharp shot...I have tried at these lovely birds with nothing touching the your one...the colours are subtle and true and there isnt a hint of movement in him.
Tfs and all the best
Paul

Hallo Deborah
You have a portfolio filled with a variety of wonderful photos, and this Blue tit is no exception. This is a lovely close up shot with very good and clear details. This is a real cute but elegant little bird, and the blue feathers on the top of its head gives a real "schoolmaster” look. I just love the granite coloured beak and the black stripe flowing through it's eye. I cannot find any mistakes. Composition is good. Charming and special photo. Congratulations! A well deserved smiley for this one. Thanks for sharing.
Kind regards
Anna

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