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A Declining Species

A Declining Species
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Copyright: Ivan Kruys (Argus) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-01-27
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 400D, Canon EF 300 f4L + Canon 1.4 converter
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1600 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Alex99 favorite photos [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-02-01 7:03
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is the Scandinavian, nominate race of the Willow Tit (Parus montanus montanus). The British race, kleinschmidti, has brownish instead of greyish tones in the plumage. The Swedish name is Talltita, which means Pine Tit.

Indeed this species is confined to coniferous forests in Scandinavia. Its close relative, the Marsh Tit, keeps to damp areas where birches and willows grow. In Sweden the Willow Tit can be told from the Marsh by the larger black bib, the greyer tone to the plumage, as well as the less broad black cap.

The English name 'Tit' is an abbreviation of 'Titmouse'. Though it looks like a N. American Chickadee, a name taken after the sound it makes, this does not make a 'chickadee' sound at all.

Instead it is often heard, before it can be spotted, by its drawn out 'teh...teh' sounds and that is how I knew of its presence before I could photograph it in this nature reserve with its mountain pines, the cones of which are so atractive to Crossbills and various species of Tits.

This species is more common north of Scania. But its numbers have declined drastically owing to intensive modern forestry that reduces the insect diversity drastically and nesting holes are scarce.

As we had a wet summer some of the pines became infected with a fungus desease, which accounts for the brown dead needles.

This was taken at a distance of about 4 meters with the camera hand-held. After only slight cropping and size reduction, the image was selectively sharpened a little. The sun shone in just the right direction.

Thanks for viewing and enjoy your weekend!

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Hello Ivan,
another great capture of another 'Titmouse' species. Great composition and POV. Sharp focus and great details. Brown spines of pine very nice for composition. information always very nice. thanks. have a nice weekend and great shots my friend

Hello Ivan,

Wonderful picture of this tit. Very good POV and DOF. Great sharpness. Wonderful colours.

Hi Ivan
Wonderful capture
Fine detail and lovely color
Great catchlite
tfs jon

Hello Ivan
Superb shot, great pov and colarity of details.
Beautiful animal to...

Hello Argus,

Thanks for keep on sharing beautiful birds in your gallery.

Again a superb capture in very well perched and exposed brilliantly by the light. Excellent details in plumage and vividness of the colors. Another flawless shot and very well done.

Best regards,

p/s: Thanks for helping out with the ID of my bird.

Hello Ivan,
Today we are neighbor from different corner of this globe. This is cute little Willow Tit. The fine white plumage is well captured. Pleasing composition. Have a nice weekend.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-02-01 7:58]

Hi Ivan.
You continue to impress me with your fantastic pictures. Fantastic scene, amazing BG and its fine blue and green colour tones, terrific exactness of the reproduction of the bird and twig. Bravo. Great job.

Hi Ivan, Lovely detail and pose of this Tit. Beautiful sky and I like how the perch is dry needles. Nice color variable.
TFS, Richard

Hi Ivan,
nice to see a talltita captured in a sunny weather ;-)
Lovely colours, well composed and very good details.
Well done.

Vi hade en fin vinterdag igår med snö. sol och några minus,
men idag r gråvädret tillbaka med slask.:-(

Have a nice weekend.

Hello Ivan
Very intersting spices to shoot,
Perfect details,colors and BG.
Superb shot.


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-02-01 8:23]

Hi Ivan,

A beautiful bird that really does resemble the chickadee. You have captured him perfectly with beautiful black and whites and lovely colors in the plant and background. Excellent details, wonderful pose, a lovely picture.


Wonderful image, Ivan
Good contrast. Very sharp. Excellent depth of field. I like the saturated colours as well.
Well done

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-02-01 8:34]

Hello Ivan

A wonderful pose with great colour, sharpness and exposure. Well seen and presented. I found the note very interesting because, when I clicked on the thumbnail, I knew it was a tit, but not one I knew.



Sorry to learn that this cute little bird is on decline Ivan, I hope your very nicely exposed portrait would serve as a conservation means my friend.
Cordially yours,

Good colour, detail and pose showing the bird in its habitat.

hello ivan,
nicely captured pictured, the pov and the composition are good, nice eye conatact, good details of the plumage, the colourful bg looks nice,
tfs & regards

Hi Ivan,
Excellent picture. Nice pose. TFS.
- Nirmal

Hi Ivan,
Una captura muy delicad. Felicidades

Hello Ivan,
My compliment towards this outstanding composition of the Willow Tit and always give us the most informative and useful notes on all the species of posting! always deserved a big credit for your knowledge and effort!
as for this shot, you had the best DOF with total sharpness, vivid colour and very single details on the Tit to view and enjoy!
I do learn a lot from you, my sincere thanks!

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-02-01 9:46]

Hello Ivan. A very clear well detail close up of the Little Willow Tit. your sharp focusing has given fine detail and natuarl colours. with good use of the light. so TFS. good notes too.
You and Ulla have a good weekend.

Hi Ivan,

SUPERB compo
Excellent sharp details
Perfect POV, DOF and BG
lovely catchlight

TFS Thijs

Hello Ivan, a truly beautiful shot with a lovely pose and gorgeous composition. Lovely colours esp bg contrasting perfecly with the foreground. Nice shap details in feathers, eye & beak the dof is perfect. tfs Rgds Necip

Hi Ivan,
Wow! This is a wonderful composition with good details and exposure. Your notes are much interesting... What kind of human race are we? ... Well done and TFS,

  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-02-01 10:49]

Hola Sr. Ivan.
Hermosa foto. Gran calidad en todos los aspectos fotograficos. Agradables colores y una pose muy bella tambien.
La nota escrita es muy educativa tambien.
Que pase Ud y su esposa un buen fin de semana.
Su amigo.

hello Ivan

very beautiful photo i love his pose and he feels embarrassed
to be taken in photo (j'aimes la pose de l'oiseau qui semble
être gêné d'être prise en photo)

excellent density of the colours and excellent sharpness
and details of the image, TFS


Lots of Chickadees today but only one Ivan:-) A fine job from a man who has aged and learned as well gracefully. Very fine details and clearly nice backdrop OOF as should be here...Nice perch as well...It is a good memory for me.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-02-01 12:19]

Hello Ivan,
Another beauty. Wonderful photo with, as always, fantastic sharpness and natural clear colours. The blue in the BG works great here. Excellent POV, DOF and composition.

Hello friend Ivan!

What a nice capture and bird! Wonderful! I have never seen this species before. We are learning so lot with you. TFS. All the best friend!

Hello Ivan,
splenid shot indeed, realy perfect in all points, very well composed
a great cheer,


This looks so much like our birds here in the US,
Great capture and I love the BG,
Framing and comp and right on,


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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2008-02-01 22:23]

Hello Ivan,
it's late and I only have time to mark your photo
Congratulations and well done..


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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-02-02 0:57]

Hola amigo,
óptima captura,
excelente pov y pose...
colores naturales y extraordinario bg,

Hi Ivan, very nice presentation of this Willow Tit. Excellent detail seen on the bird with the feathers and that great eye. You've done a great job with the depth of field, but in this case I see that you've gone a step further, utilizing this with your composition to give a crowning effect with the conifer behind the bird. I'm going to assume of course that this was intentional. In any case it is a neat effect.

Thanks, John

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-02-02 1:23]

Hi Ivan,
Looks so cute :o) Composition, lighting, catchlight in the eye, colors and details are very nice. TFS
Have a nice weekend,

HI IVan,
Magnifique POV de cette très belle mésange, j'aime beaucoup la pose.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-02-02 9:32]

Hello Ivan, everything in this one is fantastic: The pose, the sharpness, the background and above all, the exposure. Very well done, thanks ! Good note too,


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-02-02 12:50]

Hello Ivan,
WOW, truly incredible details in this outstanding composition, What a posting both great notes and this image, great work Ivan.

Hi Ivan,
Reminds me very much of our chick a dees, cute little bird, great pov and love the bright blue sky and evergreen hes sitting in. Great shot. TFS

Hi ivan amazing shot
I like how you focused and the sharpness,which is perfect
This bird looks also very cute and
so a very well done picture

Hello Ivan,
Magnificent shot! Really great! Excellent details. TFS.

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