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Long Tailed Tit

Long Tailed Tit
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Copyright: NICHOLAS GLEN (nglen) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-02-01
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 40D, Canon 400 F5.6 L.
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/40 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Dainty birds 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-02-06 9:32
Viewed: 3539
Points: 78
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This was taken at the same place and day as the Brambling . The weather was rather dull and cold. There were about 15 or more Longtailed Tits all in a group trying to all fit into one wire feeder it was funny to watch .

Long-Tailed Tit . ( Aegithalos caudatus ) Length 14 cm.

The tiny rounded body and slender tail of the Long tailed Tit gives it a ball and stick shape, that is quite unique among European birds.

In summer family parties move noisily through bushes and undergrowth, but in the winter they often travel through woodland in much larger groups, crossing gaps between trees .

Feeding flocks often resemble animated feather dusters.

The plumage can look black and white but at close range has a pinkish wash to the underpatrs and pinkish buff look on their back.

It has a tiny stubby bill.

Voice: High, thin, colourless seee seee seee short abrupt low trrp or zerrp.

Nesting: Rounded nest of Lichen., moss, cobwebs and feathers with a side entrance in low bush. 8-12 eggs, 1 brood. April-June.

Feeding: Tiny Insects and Spiders taken from twigs and foliage, some seeds.

They are becoming increasingly seen at garden feeders.

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Hello Nicholas,
I love this little bird, he is so cute. You have captured the long tailed tit so greatly.
Good sharpness, fine details, beautiful colors.
The OOF BG is superb. Excellent composition.
Well done.
Have a nice week end.

cute and tiny one nick. looks frozen !
Nice compo with the branches and sharp eye and feathers

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-02-06 9:41]

Hello Nicholas
Excellent capture, very sharp image with beautiful colors.

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2009-02-06 9:49]

Hi Nicholas,

A well capture long tailed tit,with good sharpness and details,I see them as well sometimes in groupes,but actually never at the birdfeeder,they are difficult to capture as they are always on the move,well done and tfs and enjoy the weekend,maybe with a selfdrive or maybe you can ask your wife once again....


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-02-06 9:53]

Hello Nick,
You ceratainly ahd a good day when your wife drove you to the New Forest to take the bramling and this fine shot of a Long-tailed Tit. The pose, POV, lighting sharpness and composition are all excellent when it is not easy to take such a good shot of this active little bird especially as you had to use a tripod owing to the low light.
Well, TFS and have a good weekend,

Hi Nick
I was up Blashford this afternoon - and the Long-tailed Tits looked a lot more miserable than this in all the sleet and snow! At least I got good views of one of the Bitterns which was some consolation.
Nice capture for a dull day with good detail and colour.

Hello Nick,
Well done. Maybe not so common in Hampshire?
Here we spot these tiny and delicate birds especially in the winter when it's quite cold. Generally not easy to spot though.
Well captured.
Thanks for sharing.

Hi Nick,
what a wonderful capture of Long-Tailed Tit, everyday i see this cute bird, but i am not able to take a very beautiful picture as this one, it is perfect from every point of view.
TFS. Best regards.
Have a good weekend.

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2009-02-06 10:14]

Hi Nicholas,
This is one puff ball with a nice stick;) sticking out!!!
A very detailed and sharp capture with good clarity.The colours on its plumage are beautiful and fine to look at.The Bg compliments the colours of the bird excellently.At the same time the blurred BG does help well enough to isolate the bird and show it in good perspective.
Thanks a lot for sharing
TFS & Cheers

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-02-06 10:23]

Hi Nick,

A beautiful shot of this cold little bird. He must have brightened up the dull day with his lovely colors. I love that face with the tiny beak and beautiful eye. Details are remarkable - the face, wings, plumage and long tail are wonderful. Excellent pose, setting and composition.


Hello Nick
Fantastic capture of the long tailed tit....Excellent sharp details from a very low shutter speed all set against a cracking BG.
All the Best

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-02-06 11:03]

Hi Nicholas,
Very nice capture of this fluffy,cute Tit.Harmonious colors,sharpness,catchlight in eyes,clarity and composition are wonderful.
Thanks for posting.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-02-06 11:21]

Hello Nicholas
superb shot of this beautiful and very cute bird The bird and the branch perfectly focused.
Excellent details of his plumage and specially excellent contrast between the birds shadow and highlight colours. I love the pov and the way you framed the bird on the image.
Best regards Siggi

Hi Nick, a fine capure of this cute long tailed tit with lovely posture on a branch, wonderful clarity too.
TFS and have a nice sunday MF!


Hello Nicholas
superb shot of this long-tailed tit
very good focusing on the bird with great details on his plumage
the composition is excellent
Have a good WE

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-02-06 12:13]

Hi Nico,waiting the new season of flowers and butterflies i'm sleeping whit my camera...ehehe...and i have a lot of work and no time,just my best compliments for your last pics,every time a professional and impressive work,this is simply wonderful too,have a nice weekend ,Luciano

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-02-06 12:57]

Hello Nick,
This is clearly the winner of the show today!!
Sooo cute and a superb capture from a fine POV! Great focus, sharp details and lovely colours to the plumage. A beautiful composition too with a very fine background in a matching colour.
Many thanks and have a nice weekend! Ulla

Ciao Nick, fantastic little bird with wonderful colors and splendid sharpness, perfect focus and fine details, lovely blurry BG, very well done, have a great week end, ciao Silvio

Hello Nick,
We may have Cardinals but not those fluffy - so cute - balls of feathers! I wish we do though. Look at this cutie! This is an excellent capture which includes his entire tail! They are wonderful creatures and you captured him perfectly. This is fantastic, congratulations!

Hi Nick,
Excellent capture of this cutest of Tits; great pose, composition, sharp details, good lighting and colours.

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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2009-02-06 16:01]

Hello Nicholas,
One of my favorit birds!
beutiful capture, great details, pose & composition!



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  • eliz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 167 W: 20 N: 271] (1537)
  • [2009-02-06 23:10]

nice composition. this species is so beautiful. one of my favorites.

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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2009-02-07 0:12]

Merhaba Nick,
Bu zor ve nadir görülen türün gerçekten çok başarılı bir çalışmasını paylaşmışsınız. Sisli bir havada geçenlerde ben de rastladım buna ama bu kadar güzel bir fotoğrafını çekemedim. Sizi tebrik ediyorum. Hoşçakalın.


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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2009-02-07 2:35]

Nicholas, WoW what a cute little bird and with lovely plummage details. Well shot and sharp focus. Ganesh

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-02-07 5:05]

Hello Nick,
A few minutes ago I saw them flying just before my window.
Great photo in superb sharpness and splendid natural colours. Very good POV, composition and OOF BG. Another superb photo!

Hi Nick,
A nice capture of this beautiful long tailed tit. Excellent sharp details and a lovely composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-02-07 7:15]

Hi Nick.
What a crisp sharp image of the small beauty taken with so long exposure time. And I also am impressed with very nice colour palette of the shot. It is simply amazing. POV and composition of the shot are, may be, the best for presentation of this natural scene and fine birdy. Well done and many thanks.

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2009-02-07 8:02]

This is not a bird, it is a sky-flower! Those tits really attract me, they look filled with tenderness, kindness and joy. We don't see those pretty birds here and what a pleasure it is to have discovered them on TN. Thank you Nicholas, it is most beautiful,


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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2009-02-07 8:32]

Hi Nick!

Wow, what a fantastic bird! It looks like ball of colorfull feathers with... long tail :-) I've never seen this specie. Thank you for this great picture.

wow , very beautiful and cute subject Nick !
splendid colours and perfect sharp , very fine details and great DOF ,
nice POV ,
well done !

bonjour nick
superbe image, l'oiseau est bien mis en valeur avec ce POV,seul la branche derriere lui géne un peu mai on ne fait pas toujours comme on veut.
bon week end

hello Nicholas

beautiful photography of the Long-Tailed Tit
shot with fine POV and framing, it is a cute bird
with his round form, beautiful sharpness and details
of its plumage, i also love his pose, TFS


Hi Nick,
you are so lucky to capture this cute one, I love them, so lovely, so beautiful.
A wonderful shot with good colours and light, thanks and greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2009-02-07 13:17]

Hi Nicholas
I love this a little bird
very nice composition
very good sharp
well done.

Cute little feather ball Nicholas, outstanding job on this..
Very nice!

hello Nicholas
beautiful soft picture
i like the composition
great sharpness
very good shot
greeting lou

Puffy little thing Nick...I do so enjoy my birds as this...although we have not had the numbers as years past..Perhaps we are suffering as you did with Sparrows!

Hello Nicholas !
This is such a cute Tit, so fluffy, a real ball of feathers ! Sharpness and details are excellent, and I also like the natural colors, the composition, the POV, the blurred BG. Even if the colors are warm, there is a nice winter mood in this picture, with naked branches and a bird who seems to be cold. Very well done !

wow a pic of my all time favourite bird a lotty

Fabulous Nick simply stunning i'm very much jealous its not got my name on it :) I always find lotties too jumpy and never settle on a branch for long so well done.

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