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White Breasted Nuthatch

White Breasted Nuthatch
Photo Information
Copyright: Liezel Dsouza (ldsouza) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 101 W: 25 N: 218] (1369)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-12-28
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 5D, Canon 500mm f4L
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/160 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-12-28 21:15
Viewed: 4700
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I saw this bird for the first time today and was amazed at how beautiful it is ... it is a curious bird, the body is always in a straight line and it likes being upside down or inclined at an impossible angle.

Image was cropped, changed levels, sat, curves and removed noise.

Here are some details on it:

The White-breasted Nuthatch, Sitta carolinensis, is a small songbird.
The adult birds are about 155 millimeters (6 inches) long. In the adult male the cap and a band on the upper mantle are black. The rest of the upper parts are a pale blue-gray. The wing coverts and flight feathers are blackish with paler fringes. The tertials are often marked with pale gray and black. There is a slight wing bar in the greater coverts. The face and the underparts are white. The White-breasted Nuthatch is the only North American nuthatch in which the white of the face completely surrounds the eye. The outer tail feathers are black with broad diagonal white bands across the outer three feathers. They have short legs with long claws, short wings and a short tail.
Their breeding habitat is deciduous and mixed forests across North America. They nest in a tree cavity, either natural or excavated by a woodpecker.
These birds are permanent residents, sometimes moving south in winter.
They forage on the trunk and large branches of trees, and are well-known for descending head first, a behavior unique to the white-breasted nuthatch. Their principal diet consists of insects and a few varieties of seeds. They often travel with small mixed flocks in winter.
The call is a nasal yeah-yeah-yeah in the east or a fast yididit in the west.

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2007-12-29 0:03]

Hi Liezel,

A nice sharp portrait of this nuthatch on a clean BG,well done and the best wishes for 2008


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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-12-29 11:14]

The colors and details are amazing, Liezel.
I like his pose, almost horizontal.
Makes for an interesting and very pleasing composition.
Beautiful bokeh as well.
Best wishes to you and your family for a very happy 2008!

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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2007-12-29 16:30]

Hi Liezel,
nice Nuthatch, captured in very nice pose, background is also very good
best regards

Hi Liezel,

Fantastic capture, excellent focus, colours and super detail.
5D and 500mm F4L is very heavy, are you able to use it hand held? or always use tripod. I was pretty sure the cropped sensors are better for bird photografy due to longer reach and lighter combo but with photos like yours I have to rethink it again.

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2007-12-30 6:06]

Hi Liezel, beautiful capture of a beautiful little bird that I love so much. The background is smooth and perfect to show this one. Very well done, thank you!


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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-01-01 8:15]

Hello Liezel, well done on this Nuthatch picture. Very sharp shot with a perfect exposition. Good pose and great background ! Thanks, all the best for 2008.


Hi Liezel,

Great capture of this Nuthatch, very sharp, beautifully focus. Very well done!


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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-01-02 2:54]

wow, an excellent shot! superb sharp focus and detail with a great composition, the background is perfect too - very well done and all the best for 2008!

Hi Lielzel,
Magnifique, détials impressionnants, avce un BG qui met le tout en valeur, une belle réussite

What a sweet little bird. Good job, crystal clear and sharp!

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