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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: 2009-08-15
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 40D, Canon 400 F5.6 L.
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/200 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite Bird photos -5- [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-09-05 9:03
Viewed: 2680
Points: 50
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Long Tailed Tits don't come into the garden every day but when they do about ten or more come at once. When they arrive they seem to come from no where and stay about 10 minuets and then go just as quick. They remind me of a gang of naughty boys that wont keep still. They dart around all over the place. They are difficult to capture because of this.

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 Nick,

A great capture of this Long Tailed Tit with beautiful coloration, sharpness & fine details. This is well done with lovely POV, pose & BG.

TFS & Best Regards


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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2009-09-05 9:27]

Great sharpness capture.
I like the colors, the BG is wonderful.
Good shot for you.

Ciao Nick, lovely composition with cute bird, beautiful natural colors, fine detail and splendid sharpness, I like a lot, bravo, buon week end, ciao Silvio

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-09-05 9:41]

Hello Nick,
You're lucky to have Long-tailed Tits coming to your garden and to be able to take shots like this!
The pose on the twig is great and taken with fine sharpness and colours from a nice POV. Though the garden BG is a bit busy here it is well enough OOF to allow the bird stand out in this nice composition.
Thanks and enjoy the rest of your weekend,

Hello Nick,
what a wonderful capture of the Long-Tailed Tit, one of my favourite birds, not easy to photograph this restless small bird, you have taken it in a marvellous pose against a very good BG with superb sharpness and splendid colours, excellent POV, DOF and composition.
Have a good weekend.
Ciao Maurizio

hello Nick
great details ,so you can see the RED eye so good
great details and beautiful colours
greeting lou

Hi Nick,

how do you take all these beautiful bird shots?
Another very good image from you from an bird I have not been taken on picture so far.
Fine colours and the rest exellent as always.


hello Nicholas

a superb photo with the very fine POV, DOF and framing,
with the superb focus with GREAT sharpness and details,
and i love the way the 2 branches are framing
this wonderful bird's body and head, TFS


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-09-05 15:26]

Hi Nick,beautiful and different point of view and a magic green background for a very nice composition.Top quality of sharpness and colors as usual.Have a nice Sunday! Luciano

Hi Nich!

What can I say? is perfect, the bird, branch, background, light, colors, details. It seems that the bird is being viewed through a window! great job!



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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-09-05 17:15]

Hi Nick,

Your garden sounds like a bird sanctuary! I'm envious. These Long Tailed Tits are adorable and this one does have the look of an imp. His face is so cute and I love the red ring around his eye. The plumage is wonderful and of course you show the bird in fine detail and nice natural colors. A beautiful background and composition. Hope your weekend is a good one.


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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2009-09-05 18:24]

Hi Nick

Great view of this Long Tailed Tit – nice detail and good positioning in the frame.


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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-09-06 1:13]

Hello Nicholas
Beautiful capture of this cute bird. I like natural colors and details
Well done

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-09-06 1:22]

Hello Nick,
I know that behaviour of these birds very well. Their nest iin my garden was destroyd this Spring.
Very beautiful photo in great sharpness and details. The light on the bird is very fine. Good composition, OOF BG, pose and POV.

Ciao Nicholas. Magnificent capture in perfect colours saturation and very good contrats. Amazing pose for an intrigant crossing compo. Well done.


Hello Nicholas!
This one is really cute! I know this species also from Lodz (especially easy to observe now in late summer and early autumn). Your presentation shows it in natural envronment and with perfect technique. This is one of the best photos of Aegithalos caudatus (in Polish: raniuszek :>) I have seen in TN.
My best congratulations and best greetings from Lodz,

Hello Nick,

How interesting! They must feel safer in a group.
I have never seen them in my garden although we have blue, great and coal tits, regularly.

You were right in your description, it has a cheeky face! I like how you have captured its eye, beak and plummage so clearly. IOt will help me to recognise them if one should appear!
Good dof to keep it sharp against the oof b/g.

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

Hi Nick,

Lovely capture of this cute long-tailed tit from nice POV with excellent clarity and fine composition.
TFS and cheers,


It feels good to be back Nick and of course you're one of the main reasons why!Your almost TN-long if not longer, collection of birds are among the best...in many ways they all have your own signature...a certain technique which I still hold close...Thanks for much!

Hello Nicholas
another great shot from your garden, this is a very nice bird
great details and wonderful pose, very good DOF
the colors of the BG are very beautiful
Have a good night

Tu talento creativo y dominio de la ténica fotografiando a pequeñas aves son realmente soprendentes. Felicidades de nuevo por esta pequeña belleza. Luz ténue, aunque atractiva y efectiva. Excelente trabajo Nicholas.
Saludos: Josep Ignasi.

Hi Nick,

Love your description of them, spot on, which is why I have never mangaged to get a clear shot of them. They have not appeared yet at my new home, but I'm hoping.

A great image, great colours, focus and I like the pose of it on the branch (you can't see me). A nice natural coloured background.

TFS, regards Bill

hello Nicholas
exceptional photo,indicative of your technique

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  • briGG Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 195 W: 2 N: 344] (1823)
  • [2009-09-07 2:07]

Hello Nick,

Very beautiful and cute shot! Excellent picture with good contrast, light and sharp!


Hi Nicholas,

The branches are framing well the bird. The point of view is showing the details and colors of the Long Tailed Tits. It is clear and sharp. The colors are enhanced by the quality of the light. Have a nice day.


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