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The female may very occasionally he heard singing the same short song, but in so low and subdued a tone as to be almost inaudible. She has been heard to give her song only when she is near to or attending her young. The call notes of both are quite surprisingly loud and piercing and repeated rapidly three or four times with widely–opened bill. When nest building is in progress the birds keep in touch with one another with these notes, not nearly so loudly uttered, and using them but singly, one calling and the other answering until they come together.
“One pair of tomtits apparently stay about the same area all their lives and resent the presence of another of their kind within their fenceless domain, the male fiercely chasing the trespasser and causing it to hurriedly take the shortest cut home. The range of the tomtit’s territory is quite extensive, maybe ten or more acres.
“Nesting operations begin rather early in the season, sometimes during the last week in August. Often a hole in a tree is chosen, sometimes a sheltered cleft in a bank or rock, and sometimes a tree, generally a low and compact one. The nest appears to be entirely built by the female, the male supplying her with food while she works. He helps her to select the site and it is amusing to watch him pop into a hole in a tree and hear him calling to his mate to come in and inspect it also. He has been seen, too, to sit in a nest she had built and then discarded, perhaps to test it and tempt her back to it again, or reassure her of its suitability.
When the young are hatched, both parents carry food. Sometimes the male will give his catch to the female to feed to them. He is often more cautious about approaching the nest when under observation than she is. She will fly up courageously, making angry little snapping noises, with erected head feathers and ruffled wings, darting swiftly past and almost touching one’s face, sometimes even alighting on the intruder’s head or shoulders, and finally slipping on to the nest, covering the eggs or young. This is real bravery and cannot but excite real admiration for the small grey bird. At other times, when not having young to defend, the female tomtit is a retiring little bird, and does not very often venture from her bush retreat or bring herself into notice.
The above obtained from http://www.nzbirds.com/birds/miromiro2.html
Camera: Canon 10D
Time of day: 12:35 p.m.
Date: 27th July 2006
Weather conditions: Clear
Lens: Canon 100-400mm L IS
Filter: Hoya 77mm UV
Shutter Speed: 1/640
Focal Length: 300mm
Support: Hand Held
Original file type: Digital Raw
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What a cute little bird. Nice ans sharp, great DOF
TFS Greetz Kristies
Lovely shot! This little one looks cute and I like all the space around him. Very good POV and framing too.
Gee they have big heads, or should that be small bodies?
I like the composition, its a peacful setting.
Great sharpness as usual.
- [2006-08-02 8:03]
again, your capturing of the moment is fantastic. This little bird seems like thinking about something very important :-)
Great shot of this cute little bird..
Very sharp, detailed, and clearly seen from this excellent dappled BG..Very good DOF, POV, nice color and light as well :)
Very well done!
- [2006-08-02 11:26]
This really is a cute little bird as everyone else has also commented about it. Excellent detail, pose amd lovley colours which stand out well from the BG.
Superb notes as usuall
Hello Pam, excllent colors, Bg Details are crisp, POV and framing are great TFS Kyle
what a lovely bird!!!I love it. - Excellent sharpness, POV and framing. This is a great composition. Thank you.
Good morning Pam,
Just time for a very quick visit. Very busy few days.
Nice shot. Thanks for posting.
Enjoy the rest of the week.
That is the cutest little sproinker! I love it oversized head, its so comical looking. Excellent shot Pam. :)
Félicitation pour cette très jolie prise de vue . C'est vraiment un bel oiseau et les couleurs sont justes.J'aime bien sa posture sur cette branche
Félicitations pour la netteté et les détails ainsi que le BG.
Merci pour l'envoie et Bravo....JP