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Great Tit&Drop

Great Tit&Drop
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Copyright: Fikret Yorgancioglu (fiyo) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-07-26
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D70, Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 II APO Macro Super
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/1250 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Pentaxfriend's favorites, Bayram's Favorites-2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-02-22 7:17
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Favorites: 3 [view]
Points: 50
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Great Tit-Parus major
Tr: Büyük Baştankara

Scientific classification :
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Paridae
Genus: Parus
Species: P. major

Binomial name
Parus major
Linnaeus, 1758

Conservation status : Least Concern (LC)

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 birds do not migrate.

It is an easy tit to recognise, 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. Upperparts 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.

There are many races of this widespread species, but they fall into three groups. Birds in temperate Europe and Asia are essentially green above and yellow below. Great Tits in China, Japan and southeastern Russia are green above and white or yellow-tinged white below, and birds in India and southeast 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, the birds from the two south Asian groups of races do not recognise 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.

Like other tits, its food is insects, especially caterpillars when feeding young, and seeds. In England, Great Tits learned to break open the foil caps sealing bottles of milk that had been delivered to homes to get at the cream floating on top. This is a common and popular European garden bird, due to its acrobatic performances when feeding on nuts or seed. It will join winter tit flocks with other species.

From Wikipedia

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-02-22 7:24]

Merhaba Fikret Bey,
Netlik, keskinlik, renkler ve isik cok guzel. Su damlacigina bayildim :o)
Iyi haftasonlari

merhaba Fikret bey,
bu kadar olur dersem şaşırmazsınız herhalde. manken ve güzelliği tam puan, netlik keskinlik tam puan, renkler, arkaplan ve kompozisyon yine tam puan. daha da sayılabilir ama benim de gözüme ilk çarpan Selen hanım gibi su damlası. burası bile başlı başına bir konu. nefis bir kare. paylaşım için teşekkürler. selamlar.

  • Great 
  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-02-22 8:36]

Hello Fikret, merhaba Fikret Bey ;-))

This is a stunning shot of the Great Tit, what a superb moment you captured! Just when the droplet of water falls off, this bird drinking from the tip of the branch. Very well done Fikret, beautiful picture, sharp and so interesting. Thank you!


Aaah, a beautiful behavorial capture of that Tit Fikret Bey, the amount of plumage and coloration details is great while the BG is again mute, and that drop of water? Terrific! TFS indeed my friend.

You've captured this moment/movement beautifully...Sharp, nice POV and perfect timing!!
Thanks a lot for sharing!!

  • Great 
  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-02-22 9:50]

Hello Fikret, wow that's a great moment you captured! Great pose, sharp details, great background a very good result! Thanks!


Hi Fikret,

Perfect shot
Excellent timing
Superb sharpnes, pose, POV, DOF and details
lovely colors and catchlight

TFS Thijs

  • Great 
  • sayat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 280 W: 0 N: 258] (1457)
  • [2008-02-22 11:50]

Tek kelimeyle olağanüstü bir kare! Damlanın havadaki donmuş hali, kuşun mükemmel yakalanmış hareketi ve keskinlik şahane! Elinize sağlık.

Hi Fikret,
Lovely shot with an amazing attitude and sharpness of the tit. The capture of the drop is a great succes. Thanks for sharing,

Quelle mereille, comme c'est magnifiqe avoir pu saisir ce moment si incroyable, toute la précision,la netteté, les couleurs naturelles, tout est superbe, Une très grande réussite.

  • Great 
  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-02-22 21:46]

Hi Fikaret,

Thatis a good photo! Excelent moment you captured. Very interesting the falling drop of water. Your photo has a very good lighting from the right position so bird's fethers are nice lightend having volume and natural colors.

Thank you for sharing,

Hello Fikret
Magnifique photo, la pose de la mésange en train de boire est fantastique, le focus est impeccable, et la goutte d'eau qui tombe ajoute encore du dynamisme a cette magnifique composition,
bravo et merci de partager

Hola Fikret.
Impresionante disparo con excepcional nitidez y geniales detalles.
Buen comentario.
Un cordial saludo, JL.

  • Great 
  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-02-23 2:07]

Hello Fikret,
a very pleasing image of this drinking Great Tit.
I love the drop of water.
Very good detail and clarity.
Nice colours.
Excellent composition.
Brilliant work my friend.
Thanks for sharing this,


  • Great 
  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-02-23 5:14]

Excelente trabajo Fikret,
presición y hermoso pov,
color y agradables detalles,

  • Great 
  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2008-02-23 5:36]

AH ,Sweet one Fikret , Marvelousto see this capture very nice photo , good sharpnes details lovely one ,I like it ,Good Weekend ,Greetings Teunie .

Merhaba Fikret Bey,
Nefis bir kare! Baştankara nın tatlı duruşu ve sevmliliği yanısıra konduğu kamıştan sızan suyu içerken hasıl olan su damlasındaki nefis görüntü bir başka harika! TN'de hiç bu kadar enfes bir kompozisyon görmemiştim. Elinize sağlık. Mükemmel...

  • Great 
  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-02-23 6:43]

Hola Fikret.
Wow. Excellent photo here. Great image and wonderful moment. The pose, and the drop of water are just beautiful.
Saludos My friend

  • Great 
  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-02-23 12:44]

Hi Fikret,
Wonderful shot of this Tit and I like the way it looks at the water drop. Great timing. Very impressive sharpness and colours. Perfect lighting and the smooth BG looks great. Excellent POV and composition. Kudos.

  • Great 
  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-02-24 4:34]

Hello Fikret,
WHat a brilliant capture of that droplet and the Great Tit together! You must have been very observant!! Excellent sharp focus on both and fine details and colours. Good light too and a fine soft background.
Many thanks and regards, Ulla

  • Great 
  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-02-24 20:15]

Hello Fikret

Wow,you managed to capture this so well.The water droplet is superb.
Excellent focus with exceptional detail.
The colours are wonderful.
The POV and DOF are super.

Hi Fikret,
Great action shot at 1/1250 sec. Congratulations and thanks for sharing.
- Nirmal

bonjour fikret
l'oiseau est comme toujours tres piqué,mais là en plus avec la goutte d'eau qui se detache c'est formidable.

  • Great 
  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-02-28 9:58]

Hi Fikret.
You are lucky photographer with great skill. What a superb timing and scene. Amazing pose of the tit, charming (simply fantastic) falling water drop, the best colourful smooth BG and stunning sharpness and details of the bird and branch. My congratulations. Well done.

Great capture. The clarity of the droplet with reflection adds another dimension to the picture.

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