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Certhia familiaris

Certhia familiaris
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Copyright: Helmut Roos (buscape) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 355 W: 20 N: 1518] (7615)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-04-22
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D40X, AF-S Micro Nikkor 105mm 1:2.8G VR, Nikon TC14EII
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/125 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2012-04-25 8:54
Viewed: 2278
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

Class: Aves; Order: Passeriformes; Family: Certhiidae; Genus: Certhia; Species: Certhia familiaris.

The Eurasian Treecreeper or Common Treecreeper (Certhia familiaris) is a small passerine bird also known in the British Isles, where it is the only living member of its genus, simply as Treecreeper. It is similar to other treecreepers, and has a curved bill, patterned brown upperparts, whitish underparts, and long stiff tail feathers which help it creep up tree trunks. It can be most easily distinguished from the similar Short-toed Treecreeper, which shares much of its European range, by its different song.
Similar in appearance, all treecreepers are small birds with streaked and spotted brown upperparts, rufous rumps and whitish underparts. They have long decurved bills, and long rigid tail feathers that provide support as they creep up tree trunks looking for insects. The Eurasian Treecreeper is 12.5 cm long and weighs 7.0–12.9 g. It has warm brown upperparts intricately patterned with black, buff and white, and a plain brown tail. Its belly, flanks and vent area are tinged with buff. The sexes are similar, but the juvenile has duller upperparts than the adult, and its underparts are dull white with dark fine spotting on the flanks. The range of the Eurasian Treecreeper overlaps with that of several other treecreepers, which can present local identification problems. In Europe, the Eurasian Treecreeper shares much of its range with the Short-toed Treecreeper. Compared to that species, it is whiter below, warmer and more spotted above, and has a whiter supercilium and slightly shorter bill. Visual identification, even in the hand, may be impossible for poorly marked birds. A singing treecreeper is usually identifiable, since Short-toed Treecreeper has a distinctive series of evenly spaced notes sounding quite different from the song of Eurasian Treecreeper; however, both species have been known to sing the other's song.

Source: Wikipedia

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Klasse: Vögel; Ordnung: Sperlingsvögel; Familie: Baumläufer; Gattung: Baumläufer; Art: Waldbaumläufer.

Der Waldbaumläufer (Certhia familiaris) ist ein Singvogel aus der Familie der Baumläufer (Certhiidae).
Der Waldbaumläufer ist einer der kleinsten Vögel in Europa und wird 12 bis 13 cm groß. Das Gewicht beträgt 9 g. Vom Aussehen her kann man ihn kaum vom Gartenbaumläufer unterscheiden. Sein spitzer Schnabel ist nach unten gebogen und wird 12 bis 14 mm lang. Zum Abstützen und Steuern benutzt er die bis zu 5 cm langen Schwanzfedern. Die Körperunterseite ist weiß, seine Oberseite rindenfarbig und sein Überaugenstreif weiß gefärbt. Männchen und Weibchen haben die gleiche Färbung. Sein Ruf klingt in etwa wie "siih" oder "tih". Die kurze Gesangsstrophe ist eine abfallende, zum Ende wieder ansteigende Reihe von leisen Pfeiftönen und erinnert an die Lautäußerungen von Blaumeise und Fitis. Waldbaumläufer können bis zu sieben Jahre alt werden.

Quelle: Wikipedia

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Hello Helmut
A great portrait of an interesting bird.

Ciao Helmut. great capture of lovely bird in nice pose, beautiful natural colors, splendid sharpness and fine details, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Helmut,
Realy interesting photo of this bird.Very nice compozition with great details and lovely colours.
Best regards

Ciao Helmut. Great close up here. Razor details and sharp with impressive focused eye.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-04-25 10:32]

Hello Helmut,
Excellent photo of this Treecreeper in superb sharpness and details. Splendid clarity and colours. Attractive composition.
The best photo of this species I've ever seen.

Fantastic photo Helmut! The composition, the colors and the sharpness are excellent!

Delicado trabajo Helmut. Captaste perfectamente la delicadeza del ave.
El formato y la orientación, demuestran la característica trepadora de esta ave.
Un abrazo: Josep Ignasi.

Hello Helmut,
Excellent makro photo of this interesting Bird, great sharp and colorful details, TFS!

Hello Helmut
Perfect POV for a great capture.Wonderful natural colours and impressive sharpness.
Thank You
Best regards

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-04-25 14:45]

Hi Helmut,magnificent work in a very difficult position,fantastic details,perfect saturation and light management,i like it!Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2012-04-25 22:08]

Hello Helmut,
such a wonderful capture of the bird. Exciting position and excellent colour contrast too. The sharpness is splendid and the dark round eye is very pleasant and catchy.


Bonjour Helmut,
Très belle publication valorisant bien le sujet dans une belle lumière et sous une excellente profondeur de champ permettant d'apprécier la délicatesse des couleurs et la finesse des détails.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

hallo Helmut
super sharpness picture with great details and beautiful naturel colours
great composition
thanks greeting lou

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2012-04-26 12:18]
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Lieber Helmut,
Da ist Dir ein Superbild gelungen, nicht einfach diese Vögel, die immer in Bewegung sind, zu fotografieren und noch die richtigen Lichtverhältnissse zu haben. Perfekte Bildschärfe und schöne Darstellung. Bravo!
Guät Nacht!

Hello Helmut! This is a wonderful capture of a little bird I've not seen before. Your flash has given him an enchanting gleam in his eye. I very much like the elongated close crop in this instance, as it magnifies the wonderful curve from his beak, down his back and to the tip of his tail. Great POV! Amazing detail. Well done! Thank you. Linda

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