|Copyright: Arunas Eismantas (Aukstaitis)
|Date Taken: 2006-11-01|
|Camera: Nikon D80|
|Exposure: f/3.6, 1/60 seconds|
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|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2006-11-01 10:05|
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|The Blue Tit Parus caeruleus (syn. Cyanistes caeruleus), is a 10.5 to 12 cm long passerine bird in the tit family Paridae. It is a widespread and common resident breeder throughout temperate and subarctic Europe and western Asia in deciduous or mixed woodlands. It is a resident bird, i.e., most birds do not migrate.|
The azure blue crown and dark blue line passing through the eye and encircling the white cheeks to the chin, give the Blue Tit a very distinctive appearance. The forehead, eyestreak, and a bar on the wing are also white. The nape, wings and tail are blue; the back is yellowish green; the under parts mostly sulphur-yellow with a dark line down the abdomen. The bill is black, the legs bluish grey, and the irides dark brown. The young are much yellower than the old birds.
This is a common and popular European garden bird, due to its perky acrobatic performances when feeding on nuts or suet. It swings beneath the holder, calling tee, tee, tee or a scolding churr.
The song period lasts almost all the year round, but is most often heard during February to June.
It will nest in any suitable hole in a tree, wall, or stump, or an artificial nest box, often competing with House Sparrows or Great Tits for the site. Few birds more readily accept the shelter of a nesting box; the same hole is returned to year after year, and when one pair dies another takes possession.
The bird is a close sitter, hissing and biting at an intruding finger. When protecting its eggs it raises its crest, but this is a sign of excitement rather than anger, for it is also elevated during nuptial display. The nesting material is usually moss, wool, hair and feathers, and the eggs are laid in April or May. The number in the clutch is often very large, but seven or eight are normal, and bigger clutches are usually laid by two or even more hens.
Blue and Great Tits form mixed winter flocks, and the former are perhaps the better gymnasts in the slender twigs. A Blue Tit will often ascend a trunk in short jerky hops, imitating a Treecreeper. As a rule the bird roosts in ivy or evergreens, but in hard weather will shelter in a hole.
The Blue Tit is a valuable destroyer of pests, though it has not an entirely clean sheet as a beneficial species. It is fond of young buds of various trees, and may pull them to bits in the hope of finding insects. No species, however, destroys more coccids and aphids, the worst foes of many plants. It takes leaf miner grubs and green tortrix moths. Seeds are eaten, as with all this family.
(From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)
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Nice image, relatively good detail and color. Perhaps a tad over exposed due to the bright background.
- [2006-11-01 10:30]
This is an excellent portrait of a Blue Tit, both the bird and the wood he is perched on being sharp. This, together with the nice BG and comp make this a fine shot.
TFS, regards, Ivan
Sharp and crisp.
Great colors and DOP
Very good picture.
lovely shot, the pov is good. the wood on which the bird is sitting is captured with very good details. the bird looks lovely in beatiful soft colours. the blurred bg adds to the look of the shot. nice dof. the composition is balanced.the bg shows a bit of noise.
- [2006-11-01 12:57]
This is superb! - I love the composition, the lighting and the colours and the focus on the Blue Tit is dead sharp. A real joy to look at!
Many thanks, Ulla
Lovely shot of a lovely bird. Thanks.
- [2006-11-01 13:20]
quelle magnifique petite mésange bleue. Pour une fois que l'on ne voit pas un oiseau sur une branche :)
- [2006-11-01 15:27]
Arunas es maravilloso tu disparo, perfecta captura... colores y luz, sobresalientes, perfecto Bg, saludos Victor
Exellent sharp picture
superb details, composition, POV, DOF and BG
- [2006-11-01 18:50]
Belle composition,l'éclairage est parfait et les détails sont excellents.Bravo pour le bel arrière plan qui s'hamonise bien avec le sujet.
Love the colour tone. Nicely composed. Looks great against the OOF BG. Very nice work. TFS.