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Sitta neumayer

Sitta neumayer
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Copyright: Durzan Cirano (cirano) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-10-17
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300s, Sigma AF 50-500mm F4-6,3 APO EX DG HSM
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/800 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-10-21 2:05
Viewed: 3258
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Western Rock Nuthatch, Sitta neumayer (sometimes known simply as Rock Nuthatch) is a small passerine bird which breeds from Serbia east through Greece and Turkey to Iran. This nuthatch is largely resident apart from some post-breeding dispersal. The Eastern Rock Nuthatch Sitta tephronota is a separate species, which occurs further east in south-central Asia.
The Western Rock Nuthatch is a bird associated with habitats with bare rocks, especially in mountainous areas. Those at the highest altitudes may move lower down in winter.
It feeds on insects and spiders in summer, supplemented with seeds and snails in winter. It feeds on the ground, and will wedge larger items in rock crevies while it hammers them open with its strong bill. It will also flycatch.
The Western Rock Nuthatch is 13.5cm long, slightly smaller than Eurasian Nuthatch, and has the typical nuthatch big head, short tail and powerful bill and feet. It is long-legged and long-billed compared to most of its relatives.
The race S. n. neumayer of southeast Europe is dark grey above, and has a long strong black eyestripe. It has a white throat and underparts shading to buff on the belly. Sexes are similar, and young birds are slightly duller versions of the adults. Two other races in the west of its Asian range are similar but less well marked.
S.n. tschitscherini of western Iran is paler grey above and has a much weaker eyestripe. S.n. plumbea of southern Iran resembles tschitscherini, but has grey underparts.
This territorial species builds a flask-shaped nest from mud, dung and hair or feathers in a rock crevice, cave, or under an overhang on a rock face. Decorative items may be pushed into crevices and cracks near the entrance to the nest. The nest is lined with softer materials and the entrance is sealed with mud. 4-10 eggs are laid, and are white speckled with yellow.
The Western Rock Nuthatch has a tsik call and a trilled tui tui tui song. It is common in suitable habitat in most of its range.
Pliny the Elder believed that it was these birds that inspired man to build homes of earth in imitation of the Western Rock Nuthatch's nests

Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Sittidae
Genus: Sitta
Species: S. neumayer
Binomial name
Sitta neumayer
Michahelles, 1830


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Ciao Durzan, lovely bird in nice pose on a beautful blurry BG, fine details, splendid sharpness and wonderful natural colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-10-21 2:44]

Hi Durzan,the colors of background are perfect for this bird,magnificent composition and very impressive sharpness,nice pose too,i like it!Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano

Bonjour Durzan,
Les couleurs de l'arrière plan font bien ressortir le sujet de cette image.
Bonne composition

Hello Durzan,
Another interesting species of birds this Rock nuthatch.
A very nice image with perfect focus and lovely colors.
Exceptional clarity and sharpness.
Thanks for sharing!

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2011-10-21 6:55]

Hi Durzan,
Gorgeous light and colours,sharpness details and good composition.
Excellent background.
Regards Jiri.

amazing portrait, great light, TFS Ori

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-10-21 7:23]

Hello Durzan.
A really nice shot of the Nuthatch, superb feather detail with lovely warm colours tones, nicely presented with a excellent POV and a fine pose of the Nuthatch perching rather than the more common pose of the bird hanging onto the tree.Best regards Siggi

Hello Durzan!
A superbe shot with lovely warms colors and nice sharpness,I love also the eyes contact.So cute your little bird! Well done! TFS
Regards from,

Hi Durzan,
excellent atmosphere because of these colours. Excellent point of view. Great sharpness and composition.
Have a nice weekend,

Hello Durzan
Interesting bird and beautiful photo with good composition and good sharpness.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-10-22 1:43]

Hello Dûrzan,
Very beautiful photo in excellent sharpness and details. Beautiful colours too. Pleasing composition with eye contact.

Hello Durzan,
What I like at this this image are the lighting, colours, details and POV. Well done!

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