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At Watering: Thirst II

At Watering: Thirst II
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Copyright: Alexei Alyokhin (Alex99) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-07-22
Categories: Birds
Camera: Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D, Minolta AF 100-400 F4.5-6.7 Zoom APO, Hoya HMC Super UV(0) 72 mm
Exposure: f/8, 1/640 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Great Tits [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-05-21 8:58
Viewed: 5175
Points: 71
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
It is once more visitor of sole source of water on my garden in the hottest summer day. Unlike the previous picture (At Watering: Thirst), at this shot the bird is sitting near the tap which is even more old than water-pipe. It also feels thirst. However, as you can see, it has an opportunity to satisfy its wish and I have confirming the fact shots.

It is my first shared here shot of the species.

If I am not mistaken the species is Carolina Chikadee Poecile carolinensis.

Carolina Chikadee.

The Carolina Chickadee, Poecile carolinensis, is a small songbird, a passerine bird in the tit family Paridae. Often, it is still placed in the genus Parus with most other tits, but mtDNA cytochrome b sequence data and morphology suggest that separating Poecile more adequately expresses these birds' relationships (Gill et al., 2005). The American Ornithologists' Union has been treating Poecile as distinct genus for some time already.

Adults are 11.5–13 cm long with a weight of 9–12 g, and have a black cap and bib with white sides to the face. Their underparts are white with rusty brown on the flanks; their back is grey. They have a short dark bill, short wings and a moderately long tail. Very similar to the Black-capped Chickadee, the Carolina Chickadee is best told from it by the slightly browner wing with the greater coverts brown (not whitish fringed) and the white fringing on the secondary feathers slightly less conspicuous; the tail is also slightly shorter and more square-ended. The calls and song also differ subtly to an experienced ear: the Carolina Chickadee's chick-a-dee call is faster and higher pitched than that of the Black-Capped Chickadee, and the Carolina chickadee has a four note fee-bee-fee-bay song, whereas the Black-capped omits the high notes. Identification is very difficult even with an excellent view.

The most famous call is the familiar chick-a-dee-dee-dee which gave this bird its name and its song is fee-bee-fee-bay.

Their breeding habitat is mixed or deciduous woods in the United States from New Jersey west to southern Kansas and south to Florida and Texas; there is a gap in the range at high altitudes in the Appalachian Mountains where they are replaced by their otherwise more northern relative, the Black-capped Chickadee. They nest in a hole in a tree; the pair excavates the nest, using a natural cavity or sometimes an old woodpecker nest. They may interbreed with Black-capped Chickadees where the ranges overlap, which can make identification difficult.

They are permanent residents, not usually moving south even in severe winter weather.

These birds hop along tree branches searching for food, sometimes hanging upside down or hovering; they may make short flights to catch insects in the air. Insects form a large part of their diet, especially in summer; seeds and berries become important in winter. They sometimes hammer seeds on a tree or shrub to open them; they also will store seeds for later use.

During the fall migration and winter, chickadees often flock together. Many other species of birds, including titmice, nuthatches, and warblers can often be found foraging in these flocks. Mixed flocks stay together because the chickadees call out whenever they find a good source of food. This calling out forms cohesion for the group, allowing the other birds to find food more efficiently.

Carolina chickadees are able to lower their body temperatures to induce an intentional state of hypothermia called torpor. They do this to conserve energy during extremely cold winters. In extremely cold weather conditions they look for cavities where they can hide in and spend up to fifteen hours at a time in torpor; during this time they are awake but unresponsive; they should not be picked up and handled at this time, as the stress of being held may cause their death.

Carolina chickadees are so similar to black-capped chickadees that they themselves have trouble telling their species apart. Because of this they sometimes mate producing hybrids. The most obvious difference between the three chickadees is that the Carolina chickadee sings four-note song, black-capped ones sing two-note songs, and the hybrids sing three-note songs.

Source: Carolina Chikadee.

However, I am wrong.
As I was prompted by Ivan Kruys (Argus), it is another species: Great Tit

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  • Great 
  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-05-21 9:18]

Hello Alexei,
Fine close capture of a Carolina Chikadee in a good pose and from an excellent POV. It stands out well against the blurred tree BG and it is well composed.
Best regards, Siggi

hello Alexei
appear really made thirsty, very beautiful scene and composition through a very beautiful glance,wonderful details and splendid sharpness

çok güzel bir çalışma olmuş.
sanırım susamış ve su içmek istiyor.
elinize sağlık.
En güzel dileklerimle

  • Great 
  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-05-21 10:20]

Hello Alexei
Nice shot with this little bird, clear image and very sharp details on subject.

  • Great 
  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2009-05-21 11:13]
  • [+]

Hi Catherine,
Very beautiful bird and nice composition.Good sharpness and details.

  • Great 
  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2009-05-21 11:15]

Hi Alexei,
Interesting scene of the thirst bird, perfect light and sharpness. I managed to catch in time when the bird have open beak.
Best regards, Pawel

Hello Alexei,

Superb capture.
Excellent timing.
Definition,focus and sharpness are fantastic.
Lighting and composition are splendid.
Good notes.

hello Alexei
great moment with good sharpness and good details
the colours are beautiful
greeting lou

  • Great 
  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2009-05-21 11:46]

Priviet Alexei!

Another nice bird caught nearby your tap :-) Very interesting specie, quite different from more common tits. I like its pose with wide opened beak. Pity that we can't hear its song.

Hi Alexei,

Beautiful picture, you are very lucky to have a drinking visited by birds in your garden. As always, the quality of photography very good. The approach is magnificent, the details of the bird are excellent, colors are crisp and natural value. Greetings and congratulations.


Ciao Alexei, beautiful little bird in lovely pose, fine details and splendid sharpness, wonderful colors and good blurry BG, very well done, ciao Silvio

  • Great 
  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2009-05-21 12:50]

merhaba my dear friend
successful capture of this cute and thirsty bird
i like composition, POV, DOF and sharpness

Preciosa Alexei... siempre son halagos mis comentarios a tus fotografías pero es lo que siento.
En esta aprecio unos colores algo "pastosos" en algunas zonas, especialmente en la cara del ave, pero el resto es de gran realismo y una buena luz.
Un abrazo y gracias por tus comentarios:
Josep Ignasi.

ciao Alexei!
excellent this second act in the history of thirst ... impressive detail and posture

take a care sERGIO

Witaj Alex!
Your little birds sing You always. Very pretty picture. To be visible feather and eye clearly. And tap adds the reality of moment.
Gratuluje i pozdrawiam - Roma

Hello Alexei
wondeful shot of this thirsty carolina chickadee, the bird is well focused, his plumage is very great detailed, superb pose, POV and colors
very beautiful composition
Have a good night

  • Great 
  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-05-21 16:15]

Hi Alexei,

Magnificent, as always. This Carolina Chikadee is beautiful. The details and colors of the face, eye, wings and plumage are excellent. The pose is priceless. He seems to be yelling at you to turn on the water. I love it!!!


Hi Alexei. Stunning details and perfect light. My compliments.


I wonder if we can get its mouth open any further. The bird and the metal faucet or in well sharp. I think this gives a true meaning to the way the bird interacts with the human.

A superb POV, my friend Alexei.
Very well done, as usual.

hello Alexei,

excellent photo of this wonderful bird the Carolina Chikadee,
fine POV, DOF and framing, you clicked the photo at the best
moment thebird's singing (or calling) moment, fine focus
with excellent sharpness and details, TFS


Your country is not as hot as mine, Alexei. Yet it is heart-breaking to see birds looking so very thirsty in your country too at this time of the year.
The image is superb in terms of its technical excellence and thematic significance.
with your powerful zoom lens, you have created a life-like image of this bird slaking its thirst at your water source in the garden.
Best regards.

  • Great 
  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-05-22 5:05]

Hi Alex,
beautiful capture of this bird. Well taken in special moment. chirping her throat out.
Very sharp and very clear.
Lovely indeed.


  • Great 
  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-05-22 7:51]
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Hello Alexei,
Another fine image that you kept in your archives!
This time the thirsty species in question is a juvenile Great Tit (Parus major)that has not yet gained its more striking adult plumage, but you can just see the vertical black breast stripe.
Excellent sharpness, lighting and composition with the leaking tap against a fine neutral BG.
Thanks and have a good weekend,

Hello Alexei,
Excellent shot, with a nice expression of this thirsty bird, and perfect sharpness. Thanks also to Ivan for finding the exact name. I wondered how a Carolina bird went to Ukraine... !) Best regards,

  • Great 
  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2009-05-22 17:21]

No matter the species that is a nice capture.Good POV and very sharp image with greta pose.
TFS Michel

  • Great 
  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2009-05-22 19:23]

Hello Alexei,
What a fantastic image with brilliant color and details that are always a trademark of your work. loks like a great spot to grab a drink. Thanks for sharing Alexei, well done my friend.

Hello Alexei,

This young Great Tit certainly telling everyone that he has found water!
A delightful shot, detailing the young bird's plummage and character! The dof keeps the focal image pin-sharp against a fine oof, b/g.

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

Hello Alexei !
Another wonderful shot on this vey hot summer day - and just as beautiful as the previous one, great pose of the bird with the beak open, wonderful warm colors, excellent details, splendid composition and POV. Truly a magnificent capture. Very well done !

  • Great 
  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-05-23 13:14]

Hi Alexei. Not to sure why i missed this fine picture. What a fine close up of the Great tit. You have taken it wth sharp focusing and fine detail. It look as if is telling its friend where the water is, Your use of the light has given natural colours. well done TFS.

Bonjour Alexei.
Trés belle composition, l'image est trés belle,mes compliment.

Hello Alexei,
what a wonderful picture of a Great Tit taken with superb sharpness in a very lovely posture, very beautiful natural colours.
Best regards

Hello Alexei,
As Ivan mentioned, this is Parus major, not Poecile carolinensis in east of North America. This can be identified, by tie (cravat) shaped black pattern of throat and belly in ventral side, from the other palaearctic tit (tit-mouse) species. some other, e.g. P. lugubris has this black pattern only on throat.
As for the shot; this is wonderful in your master quality. sharp details, POV/DOF, coloration, timing and composition great. congratulations. thanks for sharing this beauty. have a good night, my friend

  • Great 
  • mlines Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 556 W: 26 N: 668] (3116)
  • [2009-05-29 17:03]

Hi Alexei, I enjoy seeing this small bird so clearly due to your settings and handling of the DOF. Beautiful sharpness. The setting is very suitable as it is typical around the city. Good notes on this bird image. TFS. Murray.

  • Great 
  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2009-10-25 7:52]

Hello Alexel,
You post a very beautiful bird captured with his mouth wide open. Super sharp detail and very natural colors. Great DOF with perfect exposure!! Well done!!!

Hi Alex,
Your "thirst trio" is a remarkable photoset on the site - although this is not the best piece of the triade. I mean, sharpness is excellent, but the crop isn't, and by my opinion the brightness is too much, too. Please have a look on my WS. Don't misunderstand me, compared to a lot of other users' pics this photo is brilliant, but to your very high level just a poorly cropped snap. I know it was captured more than 3 years ago - but I already commented all further images of you.
Friendly regards, László

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