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Nuthatch in the tree

Nuthatch in the tree
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Copyright: Valerie FOSSE (valy67) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-01-30
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 350D, Canon EF 55-200mm 4.5-5.6 II USM
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-01-30 5:07
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 64
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Now I want you to close your eyes and imagine - You're sitting in the cold light of a pale and timid winter sun, on a big rock, and in front of you there are the frozen shores of a lake. No noise at all, except the babbling of 30, maybe 40 ducks who are shining brown and metallic green in this beautiful light, over there, on the parts where the current is too strong for the ice to freeze the water ; they are swimming around, diving, feeding, and just looking at them gives you an intense feel of happiness. A majestic swan is swimming among them, all white and bright as a real prince. And then, on the frozen parts and on the shores, you have a whole family of coypus, just some meters away from you. The young ones play, the bigger ones are just eating, or swimming, or washing themsleves in funny poses. Sometimes, they make small squeking noises. Then you life your eyes to the branches above your head, and you see birds, many birds - blue tits, black tits, blackbirds, nuthatches, and many others whose names I do not even know. They fly all around you in a gracous ballet, stopping from time to time to feed on the seeds somebody has left for them. They are barely afraid of you,and sometimes they come so close you could almost touch them. You do not dare to move, not even to breath, for fear to beak all the magic of this moment. You have the feeling that nothing could be more perfect than this display of life and beayuty all around you...

This is what I felt this morning - I was sick and I needed some fresh air, so I went to "my" lake without much expectations, though. I sat down, and I had the feeling I had suddenly dropped in a fairy tale, with all these animals around me. I was all alone. Nobody to disturbe me. Nobody to interrupt the wonderful moments. And all these animals around me... Usually there are too many people there, but today I was alone with my camera, and it was PERFECT. I could have sat there all day long, enjoying the pale warmth of winter sun and all the animals who surounded me.

This summer, it will be even more interesting, when frogs and dragonflies and lizards and butterflies also come to live on the shores of this lake.Truly, I love this place - it's my little paradise on earth...

I have seen many pictures of Nuthatches on TN - many of them better than this one - but it's my first Nuthatch. I have been looking for this bird for quite some time, and I'm proud I finally managed to get a correct picture - and I wanted to share the pleasure I got from it with you, my friends who love nature as much as I do. I know you can fully understand what I felt when I pushed the button, and realized the picture was actually good - it's so thhrilling, specially after two years of waiting for a Nuthatch ! :-)

As so many things have already been written on this bird, on TN, it would be useless and boring th repeat it again, so there won't be a long note about Nuthatches here.

By the way, this is picture #1 from a series of 5. The others will follow in the next days.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-01-30 5:15]

Nice capture Valerie, good light and natural colors.
Well done.

Ahhh... what a beauty my dearfriend Valerie,
You captured this pretty nuthatch perfectly in all around. Lovely pose, great details and nice composition. Looking forward the others MF!
TFS. Have a nice day!


Ciao Valerie, great caprure of lovely little bird, good diagoonal composition, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Ciao Valerie,
une très jolie image de Sitta europaea prise avec un excellent POV, j'aime la belle pose et la bonne composition, belle lumière qui met en valeur son plumage. Bravo.
Merci et mes compliments.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-01-30 7:14]

Hello Valérie,
Sometimes we have the lick to take an unplanned good photo, which is what you did with this fine capture of a European Nuthatch.
The typical pose, the POV, sharpness, composition and lighting are all excellent. If it weren't for the OE tail this would be a near perfect image, but it is nice to view and thanks for sharing it!
Have a good weekend,
Best wishes,

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2009-01-30 8:35]

Bonjour Valérie, j'ai fermé mes yeux comme tu as dit et merci, quelle belle journée en perspective après une telle vision! Et bravo pour ta première sittelle, c'est une réussite, surtout grâce à la très belle lumière matinale, photo qui complète et ajoute bien à tes notes. J'aime beaucoup le V créé par les branches de l'arbre, là où la sittelle est perchée. Merci pour ta belle note, un vrai paradis!


bonjour valerie
bravo pour la capture de cette boule de nerf,elle reste rarement en place et c'est dur de l'avoir.
il y a juste l'arriere qui est un poil OE mais rien de dramatique.

hello Valerie
good picture
nice composition and good colours
great shot
greeting lou

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2009-01-30 10:38]

Hello Valerie,

Must be very fine to have such a day with friendly bird arround you. You have photographed very well the Nuthatch as it was in a characteristic pose. I like the light falling on it's head and chest. Your image has a good sharpness and colors are nicely rendered.

Thank you for sharing,

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-01-30 10:59]

Hi Valerie. You have used the light well in this close up of the Nuthatch. which you have taken in a typical pose for this bird. good detai land natural colours. well done TFS. Interesting notes too.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-01-30 11:33]
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Hi Valerie,
Beautiful capture of this Nuthatch.I liked his curious look,POV,natural colors and composition a lot.Excellent
Thanks for posting.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-01-30 11:51]

Hello Valerie,
What a great and characteristic pose. Beautiful light and colours and very sharp. The POV and DOF are excellent, the composition perfect.
Have a good weekend,

Bonjour Valerie,
Très belle photo, avec de belles couleurs. L'oiseau est très bien détaillé.
j'aime bien ce piaf. C'est un peut le grand costaud de l'école sur ma mangeoire. Il fait systématiquement fuir les pauvres mésanges et autes turdidés.
Bon week end.

wonderful capture Valerie !
very good natural light , wonderful colours and fine details , perfect sharp and great DOF ,
well done ! TFS,

Dear Valerie,
Your note is really fantastic. You explain so well how you feel among nature that I can recognize my own feelings in such condition. And you beautiful shot of this nice nuthatch has more value thanks this note. I'm sure you will keep this nice scene in you mind specially when the sky is grey. Cheers,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-01-30 13:47]

Hello Valerie,
Wonderful pose you have captured. Very neat and sharp. Love the colours and the BG too. Very nicely composed.
Best regards Siggi

bonjour Valerie

tout d'abord félicitations pour ta première photo du
sittelle et dans sa pose caractéristique avant le décollage,
ensuite je veux te dire que j'ai aimé lire tes notes,

la photo est prise avec un excellent POV et cadrage,
belle luminosité, excellente netteté et détails, TFS


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  • chudy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 130 W: 0 N: 176] (899)
  • [2009-01-30 14:53]

Hello Valerie,
Very beautiful photo .


Hello Valérie,
Excellent capture of a European Nuthatch. Natural pose and perfect POV, very well done!
Thanks for sharing. Regards. Ferran.

Hi Valérie,,

Very nice framing of this beautiful bird popping out between the branches. The light falling on the plume making it really interesting with focus that is tact sharp. Very good shot in natural setting and I like this fresh post.

Well done and have a nice day.


Hi Valerie,
A nice capture of this beautiful nuthatch. Very well composed shot with sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2009-01-31 1:59]

Hola amiga,
preciosa captura,
buen pov. y foco,
exquisito trabajo.

Salut Val
J'aurai voulu être avec toi ce jour-là pour partager ce moment magique, mais je n'avais pas le temps
Cette sittelle est magnifique dans sa pose si typique
les douces couleurs et la luminosité de la photo sont très belles

"....lake.Truly, I love this place - it's my little paradise on earth..."
Would have loved to have been there just to catch that moment of "YOUR" life.
GREAT ACTION IMAGE!!! Congratulations.
Your friend in Calgary, Alberta, Mario.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-02-02 0:40]

Hi Valerie,
a beautiful composition of the bird. i like the composition where you positioned it between the branches. the clarity is enhanced by the good exploitation of the lighting.
lovely and lively shot where it seems that it chirps around the place.


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-02-02 9:42]

Hi Valerie.
I have read your note with great interest. It is very nice and touching. And it is a fine story for your very cute shot. You managed to reflect this charming birdy at so attractive moment and pose. Sharpness and details. Exactness of colours are superb. And I like reproduction of the surroundings. Cold winter sunlight and winter clothes of the trees create and pleasant esthetic impression. My compliments and all the best. Sweet post.

Hallo Valerie,
ja ja, das ist die perfekte Pose dieses wunderbaren Vogels. Excellent getroffen, sehr sehr schön! Diesen Winter hatte ich noch keine Gelegenheit, einen zu fotografieren.
Also vielen Dank, sehr schön, Gruß
Sabine - wishnugaruda

If I were your English teacher, I would give you A+ for your compositional skills and double AA+ for your creativity, Valerie :).
On a serious note, your notes are always written very well.

You have used the ambient light very thoughtfully in this image of a Nuthatch. It gives the effect of three dimensionality to the cute little bird.
I also like the double catch-light in the bird's eye.
Overall, a well composed, crisp and beautiful image.
Thanks for sharing it and keep shooting.

Hello Valerie

A beautiful POV for this cute nuthatch.
The nuthatches around here have an interesting vocalization that I really enjoy hearing in the woods during Winter.
The focus is sharp with lovely detail.
Excellent colours.
Nicely composed int he frame.


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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2009-02-05 17:25]

Beautiful image Valerie, accompanied by a wonderful story!! This is a great shot, very sharp and detailed with a fantastic pose!! Congratulations on such a fine capture!!
I too have been trying to get a photo of a Nuthatch for quite some time now, but to no avail.

hi Valerie,

another shot from this Nuthatcher.
good natural pose from the bird.
A pity a little over exposure, beautiful colours.


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  • deva (2)
  • [2009-03-08 9:10]

Bonjour, je vois bien la différence que avez mentionné...belle couleur, style, détails. Très impressionnant. Excellent travail d'observation.
Au plaisir, Andrée

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