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Going nuts
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Copyright: Paul van Slooten (pvs) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-03-09
Categories: Birds
Camera: Konica Minolta Dynax 7D, Sigma 50-500mm f/4-6.3 EX APO DG, Digital RAW 200, UV Filter
Exposure: f/8, 1/125 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-03-10 4:03
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Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Took this picture yesterday in the local forest, again a cold day,but had some sun.

Eurasian Nuthatch

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

The Eurasian Nuthatch, Sitta europaea, is a small passerine found throughout temperate Europe and Asia, although not in Ireland. It belongs to the nuthatch family Sittidae.

This bird is the commonest and most widespread nuthatch, and is often referred to just as the Nuthatch.

It is a resident bird of deciduous woods and parkland, with some old trees for nesting. It feeds on insects, seeds and nuts. Its old name “nut-hack” derives from its habit of wedging a nut in a crevice in a tree, and then hacking at it with its strong bill.

It has the ability, like other nuthatches, to climb down trees, unlike species such as woodpeckers which can only go upwards. It will come to bird feeding tables, and is then very aggressive, driving other species away.

The Eurasian Nuthatch is 14cm long and has the typical nuthatch big head, short tail and powerful bill and feet. It is blue-grey above, with a black eyestripe. Asian and north European birds (S. e. asiatica and S. e. europaea respectively) are white below except for chestnut in the vent area. The western European S. e. caesia has generally reddish underparts. Young birds are "washed out" versions of the adults.

Nests are in holes or crevices, lined with bark or grass. The size of the hole’s entrance may be reduced by the building of a neat mud wall. Five to eight eggs are laid, white speckled with red.

This is a noisy bird, often located by its repeated tui-tui-tui call.

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-03-10 5:12]

Hi Paul,
Nice shot, good detail and good exposure considering the strong tonal contrasts. Nice work!
Adrian

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  • Aramok Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 896 W: 101 N: 1501] (5166)
  • [2006-03-10 12:32]

Spent the day trying to photograph the UK version of the nuthatch with the apricot 'belly'. and much prefer your picture - hows that's for a compliment...

TFS

Hi Paul

What a cutie. You have managed the whites well. Good close detail with good sharpness and interesting note. Excellent DoF and the seeds on the snow add a little someting to the shot. Nice work! TFS.

Hi Paul,
I never had the chance to see such a nuthatch with a white underpart. I also have a nuthatch here today, but mine is yellow.
Very good shot with excellent sharpness and colours, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

You should be quite please with the exposure on this shot, its so he to blow the whites in the snow, especially in contrast to the breast feather of the Nuthatch. This shows superb camera wotk and you are to be commended.

Greg

Hi Paul,
this is a very nice picture with very good exposure and good details.
I like the pose and the low POV too.
Well done.

Nice job - I like his vulnerable position on the snow. Good POV, contrast, and DOF- good detail in the snow too. Thanks.
Nichole

There is something magical about a snowy background in bird or animal photographs. Here, the shells of the seeds complement the white stuff. The nuthatch seems to be posing especially for you, Paul. Details are sharp. Highlights have texture. Exposure is right on. Even the frame is well chosen. Good work.

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