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South Island Tomtit

South Island Tomtit
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Copyright: Pam Russell (coasties) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3749 W: 483 N: 8155] (28054)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07-26
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF 100-400mm L IS USM, Digital RAW 100, Marumi UV 58mm
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Winter Holiday Campervan Trip 2006
Theme(s): the vanderschelden 10 : division II [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-09-08 5:05
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Tomtit (North Island Tomtit Maori Name: Miromiro) (South Island Tomtit Maori Name: Ngiru-ngiru)


Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Eopsaltriidae
Genera: Petroica
Species: macrocephala
Sub Species: toitoi, macrocephala, chathamensis, dannefaerdi, marrineri

Petroicidae Most species have a stocky build with a large, rounded head, a short, straight bill, and rounded wingtips. They occupy a wide range of wooded habitats, from subalpine to tropical rainforest, and mangrove swamps to semi-arid scrubland. All are primarily insectivorous, although a few supplement their diet with seeds. Hunting is mostly by perch and pounce, a favoured tactic being to cling sideways onto a treetrunk and scan the ground below without moving.

Social organisation is usually centered on long term pair-bonds and small family groups. Some genera practice cooperative breeding, with all family members helping defend a territory and feed nestlings.

Nests are cup-shaped, usually constructed by the female, and often placed in a vertical fork of a tree or shrub; many species are expert at adding moss, bark or lichen to the outside of the nest as camouflague, making it very difficult to spot (even when it is in a seemingly prominent location).

The relationship of the Petroicidae to other bird families is uncertain. They are clearly part of a particularly old lineage. Sibley and Alquist's DNA-DNA hybridisation studies suggested that they were most closely allied with the superfamily Corvoidea (a huge group that includes the shrikes, crows and jays, butcherbirds, woodswallows, drongos, cuckoo-shrike, fantails, monarch flycatchers and many others).

More recent protein allozyme studies, on the other hand, suggest that they be placed with the Meliphagoidea—the superfamily that includes the honeyeaters, Australian wrens, Pardalotes, and thornbills and itself derives from the great Australasian corvid radiation.

Although the details remain uncertain, the overall picture is clear: despite the striking similarity between the robins of Australasia and the true robins of Europe, their genetic relationship is quite distant, and the Petroicidae are more closely related to the crows and jays than to the group of northern hemisphere birds which resemble them in appearance, diet, habits, and even coloration.

The above obtained from http://www.answers.com/topic/petroicidae


Camera: Canon 20D
Time of day: 1:36 p.m.
Date: 26th July 2006
Weather conditions: Clear
Lens: Canon 100-400mm L IS
Filter: Hoya 77mm UV
Shutter Speed: 1/125
F-Stop: F/5.6
Focal Length: 400mm
ISO: 100
Support: Hand Held
Original file type: Digital Raw

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2006-09-08 5:12]

Buenos días Pam,
Un amor de fotografía... genial, saludos Victor

Bella foto ben fatta trasmette una grande tenerezza. Complimenti ciao gigicacco

hi pam
tout en rondeur ce petit oiseau est vraiment tres mignon,de bons details sur ce cliché et une bonne netteté.

Preciosa imagen. Muy buenos los colores y los detalles.
Un saludo, JL

Hi Pam,
Cute little fellow.
If one is in a bad mood it is possible there's some discussing about DOF and aperture;-).
Bot no...this is really an excellent photo.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2006-09-08 5:43]

WHat a little beauty with beautiful shoes! Excllent sharp shot!
TFS, Ulla

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-09-08 6:53]

Hi Pam

Another great shot from you! Really well done!
Excellent POV, super sharp details, especially on the head, really great patch of light on the little bird's head, lovely colors and composition.

Bravo and TFS

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-09-08 7:17]

Hello Pam,
Excellent capture.Details are amazing.I liked POV,clear eyes and composition a lot.

Hello Pam, excllent shot, great POv details, excllent colors, very cell composed and capture photo, TFS Kyle

Hello Pam!
Another beautiful bird shot from you. A couple of days ago a friend of mine was showing me pictures taken on his trip to New Zealand. In one of them a beautiful parrot is shown next to the friend's wife within the reach of hand. Boy, am I jealous. Great pose, background and bird's pose. Congratulations,

Hi Pam,
Excellent closeup here..I like the the DOF that has isolated just the head/eye with great sharpness and detail. Well composed, great POV :)
Very well done.

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-09-08 8:36]

Excellente prise Pam!

Superbe oiseau,le focus est bien dirigé et la netteté est parfaite.


Hi Coasties,
Wow, another great shot of yours. I like the eye contact with lens. :-)

Hi Pam
You have certainly given this little bird personality. This picture makes you want to pick him up and take him home. Too Cute!!! Very nice capture.

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  • Dando Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 637 W: 32 N: 792] (3084)
  • [2006-09-08 11:34]

Hi Pam, excellent close-up of this little fellow. Great details and POV. Also well composed, great work and TFS.

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2006-09-08 13:06]

Hi Pam,

Another cute bird from New Sealand.
I like the white spot on the head and the twinkeling eye is super.


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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2006-09-08 14:01]

Hello Pam , So beautifull, lovely bird beauty colours sharpnes pose details pov bg framing ,very good ,tfs greetings Teunie .

Hi Pem,
A superb bird shot!Everyting is perfect.Congratulations.TFS.Hilmi

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  • odin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 177 W: 1 N: 209] (1169)
  • [2006-09-08 17:05]

what a nice tit, in this nice picture. Lot of details, great contrast. YOu manage very well Pam. WEll Done

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2006-09-08 18:03]

Hi Pam,

I first seen a Tomtit on one of your postings and they are lovely birds, hes so round and cute. The POV is great, nice sharp detail and lovely colours too.

TFS Hilary :)

Bonjour Pam
Une merveilleuse photo que cette Jolie petite (mésange)Tomtit elle ressemble de par sa forme a nos mésange ici au Québec ,Très belle composition, les couleurs et le cadrage et les détails sont tous très bons ainsi que le beau BG.

Bravo et merci et bon week end...JP

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-09-08 19:58]

Hi Pam
Great shot. Great sharpnes, details, light, DOF and POV. Also good note.
Well done mf


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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-09-08 20:53]

Hi Pam

This is so cute.The way he is looking up at you.A wonderful job on the DOF and POV.Colours are well saturated and the details so clear.Nicely composed and presented.I wish I could go birdwatching in New Zealand someday.TFS


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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-09-08 23:11]

That is a very cute POV, Pam.
I love this little guy with the black head and white body, and that little tiny black beak. He looks like he has an attitude. : )
Very sharp details and beautiful light.
TFS. : )

Hi Pam,
Cutness factor is VERY high here. Excellent colors and detail shown in the plumage. Nicely framed with perfect DOF to create a beautiful OOF backdrop. Looks great!

Hello Pam, what an amazing little character this bird is. Composition is excellent and your shallow DOF isolates him from the background. Very good work, very fine gallery you have on TN. WELL DONE.

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2006-09-10 12:00]

fantastic shot Pam,
great quality in this little bird shot, good in pov, well it's just perfect, well done.
gr. jaap

Hi, Pam.
I caught in the morning your last photo, bit I think this tomtit is even better. Has very lovely and nice look. Very sharp, nice pose and perfect eye.

Hello Pam,
I like your picture. Very cute! Excellent POV, great sharpness and very nice colours/lighting. This is a great composition with excellent note too. Thank you my friend. Have a great week.

This little one is lovely with its orange 'shoes' !!
Nice compo and details with good light on the eye!


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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2006-12-11 2:56]

beautiful shot of this little creature! great focus, details, color! tfs

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