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My first White-breasted Nuthatch...

My first White-breasted Nuthatch...
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Copyright: Claude Ouellet (tiklod) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 290 W: 74 N: 875] (3397)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-12-01
Categories: Birds
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ5
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-12-06 9:19
Viewed: 7107
Points: 80
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I'm proud to present my first picture of a White-breasted Nuthatch... takes in my backyard. I hope you will like it!

The White-breasted Nuthatch, Sitta carolinensis, is a small songbird.

The adult birds are about 155 millimeters (6 inches) long. In the adult male the cap and a band on the upper mantle are black. The rest of the upper parts are a pale blue-gray. The wing coverts and flight feathers are blackish with paler fringes. The tertials are often marked with pale gray and black. There is a slight wing bar in the greater coverts. The face and the underparts are white. The White-breasted Nuthatch is the only North American nuthatch in which the white of the face completely surrounds the eye. The outer tail feathers are black with broad diagonal white bands across the outer three feathers. They have short legs with long claws, short wings and a short tail.

Their breeding habitat is deciduous and mixed forests across North America. They nest in a tree cavity, either natural or excavated by a woodpecker.

These birds are permanent residents, sometimes moving south in winter.

They forage on the trunk and large branches of trees, and are well-known for descending head first, a behavior unique to the white-breasted nuthatch. Their principal diet consists of insects and a few varieties of seeds. They often travel with small mixed flocks in winter.

The call is a nasal yeah-yeah-yeah in the east or a fast yididit in the west.

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Hello Claude,
Nice natural light. Good colors.

Hi Claude,
Of course I like it, and very much!
The bird was just in the spot of sun's light, that produced that beauty and great details on its plumage.
Excellent pose of the bird, proper exposure choices and a blue sky to enhance even more the visual impact.
Congratulations and thanks for share it.
My best regards,

Salut Clude, très jolie photo de cette sitelle,
quel oiseau magnifique !
focus excellent avec de magnifique s détails dans le plumage et une superbe lumière, le ciel bleu en arrière plan fait rèver car chez nous il pleut tellement qu'il va finir par nous pousser des nageoires

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-12-06 10:06]

Hi claude. What a cute looking bird which you have captured with fine detail and colours. a nice pose with the eyes looking at you. a good POV/DOF. well done TFS . good notes too.

I nice when you get tsomthing for the first time.


Stunning image...I am jealous!! superb details, Dof and POv...the image is good un!! TFS

great information as well...

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-12-06 12:40]

Hello Claude,
Fantastic photo of this Nuthatch. Very good details and pose. Great natural colours and POV. Good DOF with the blue in the BG.

Hi Claude,
very nice shot.excellent composition and pov. good sharpness and beautiful colors. nice detail.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2007-12-06 15:33]

tres belle expression du visage,parfaite illumination,bon ambience,un vrai bijou.merci de partager,Luciano

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  • lise Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 169 W: 48 N: 548] (2877)
  • [2007-12-06 16:27]

Salut Claude,
Quelle merveilleuse capture de cet oiseau! J'adore la pose et la netteté de cette photo, magnifiques couleurs du plumage.

Bonsoir Claude,

Une belle image de cette sittelle à poitrine blanche, la photo a une bonne composition, netteté et de jolies couleurs. Bonne journée.


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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2007-12-06 18:42]

bonsoir Claude, belle première prise, c'est un plaisir à voir. Comme toujours, elle est parfaite et j'aime particulièrement l'effet du bleu du ciel parmi les branches, dans le fond. Ça rend la luminosité encore plus joyeuse tout comme ce bel oiseau. Bonne soirée!


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-12-06 22:57]

Hello Claude,
You're lucky to have got such a close shot the first time! I like its pose in the bautiful light and sharpness and colours are excellent. Looks good against the tree bark.
Well done!
Many thanks, Ulla

hello claude,
nice capture of the White breasted Nuthatch, i liked the eye contact and the pov very much, sharp image with good details of the plumage, well composed shot,
tfs & regards

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-12-07 0:48]

Hello Claude,
You have reason to be proud of this fine shot of a White-breasted Nuthatch caught sharply in a fine pose and from a good POV. Excellent composition on the tree and superb lighting.
Well done and thanks,

Hello Claude,
Great capture of this small bird!
Excellent coloration, texture and sharpness.
Very good perpective and framing.
Register rich in details.
Well done!
Best wishes,
José Roberto

As I have said a number of times...all things come to those who wait. Some days I cannot get out of the door with taking a picture..then on others...nothing... which is a good reason to keep an archive of course.. but this is a nice shot for the first. I'll venture to say you were quite happy yes?! Tres' Bon!

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  • sela Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 47 W: 0 N: 39] (738)
  • [2007-12-07 8:44]

Congratulation for this wonderful image of this bird.I love it. TFS
Regards Rose

Hello Claude,
This cute little bird is well captured with perfect exposure and focus in bringing total sharpness, vivid colour and so much details
thanks for the notes too
have a great weekend, Claude

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-12-07 10:00]

Hi Claude.
Your first shot of this charming bird is simply great. I like excellent combination of the strong light and deep shadows, terrific exposure (especially of the bird image) and wonderful blue sky. Sharpness and details are superb too. Perfect done. My compliments.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-12-07 10:23]

Hello Claude,
My, my, my Claude amazing plummage details in this superb composition. Lovely lighting helps with the beautiful colors, thanks for sharing.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-12-07 15:26]

Hola Calude.- Exelente y fina foto. Bellos colores y muy bonita la pose. Gran claridad y nitidez.
Saludos Luis52.

Bonsoir Claude,
Une belle photo de cette sittelle à poitrine blanche,J'adore la pose et la netteté de cette photo, magnifiques couleurs et prise de vue, de beaux détails et jolies couleurs naturelles,Bravo..

Hello Claude! I am seeing one of these little guys at my birdfeeder these days, so was very happy to find your very good shot! Great composition, like his little foot sticking out, well done! Linda

That's a nice shot. Good and close.

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  • RP1 Gold Star Critiquer [C: 154 W: 1 N: 6] (251)
  • [2007-12-08 1:21]

Salut Claude,
Belle pose de l'oiseau et belle composition. L'oiseau se dégage bien de l'environnement.

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-12-08 3:26]

What a beautiful little bird!! How funny his pose. I like a lot the colors and marvellous sharp details. Fantastic capture with a great framing and composition.
Lucky that he went to your backyard!
Congratulations and TFS

Very nice closeup shot Claude, excellent POV and pose.
Exposed well with nice color and great details also :)
Well done!

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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-12-09 1:42]

Hi Claude, this is a beautiful shot of the White Breasted Nuthatch, congratulations on getting such a fine shot for your first photo of this lovely little bird. You have great focus, sharpness and detail in the feathers. A wonderful pov with good colour range and great light and catchlight on the eye.

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2007-12-09 12:49]

Bonjour Claude,

Cette prise est fantastique,les détails du plumage sont extras et les couleurs sont justes et réelles. Félicitations pour la qualité d'image.
Merci pour le partage.

Hello Claude,
Very nice close-up shot of this little buddy White-breasted Nuthatch.
Outstanding details and perfect focusing here, with very nice composition.
Also, I can see very lovely natural colours here.
Well presented, my friend
TFS and best wishes,

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-12-10 19:24]

Hello Claude

A wonderful capture of this nuthatch in a classic pose.
The lighting is excellent producing vivid and rich colour.
Very good focus and sharp detail,the plumage is well defined.
Nice eye contact and catch light.
The POV and DOF are well done.
Great job

bonjour claude
tres bien,la sitelle est super nette même si les details sont un peu estompés(peut etre suite a un crop)l'ensemble est tres bon et avec un bon POV.

Hi Claude,
a very well lighted, vibrantly lively capture of the White-Breasted Nuthatch, apparently warming up in the warm rays of sun on a cold day.
My congratulations, and thank you!
With best regards,

Bonjour Claude,

Très belle capture. Les couleurs sont excellentes !



Hi Claude,
Excellent Nuthatch image!
Wonderful close POV and pose
The focus details are realy fine
Very pleasing composition
Well done, TFS

salut Claude

très belle photo avec un gros zoom sur le sujet,
et aussi une excellent lumière et de beaux détails du sujet

la sitelle commence à devenir un des sujets
que j'aimes le plus photographier
pour cela j'aimes beaucoup ta photo



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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-12-19 5:24]

Salut Claude, bravo pour cette merveilleuse Sittelle, les détails sont très nets et la lumière est sperbe ! Bravo !


Bonjour Claude,
Magnifique, quels détails, une grande netteté très grande réussite.

Hi Claude,
You caught him in a nice patch of soft direct sunlight. You handled the exposure very well here. Very nice color and detail throughout the entire tonal range. Excellent work!

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  • lizzie Gold Star Critiquer [C: 207 W: 0 N: 605] (2855)
  • [2008-01-12 19:22]

Bonjour Claude,

Quelle superbe photo de la sitelle. Les couleurs sont naturelles sous une belle lumière. Excellents détails dans le plumage, j'aime bien sa bine un peu friponne avec ce parfait éclat dans l'oeil. Bravo!


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  • Dando Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 637 W: 32 N: 792] (3084)
  • [2008-02-15 2:57]

Excellent capture, fantastic details and light. Very well done and TFS.


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