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Copyright: Marius Secan (marius-secan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2007 W: 0 N: 5412] (29598)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-12-05
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, Sigma APO 150-500mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/640 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-09-14 9:16
Viewed: 3158
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 56
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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

The Great Tit (Parus major) is a passerine bird in the tit family Paridae. It is a widespread and common species throughout Europe in any sort of woodland. It is resident, and most Great Tits do not migrate. In the past this species was considered a ring species with several subspecies covering a wide distribution, but these have now been separated.

Great Tits come in many races, but they fall into three groups. Great Tits in temperate Europe and Asia are essentially green above and yellow below. Great Tits in China, Korea, Japan and southeastern Russia are green above and white or yellow-tinged white below, and Great Tits in India and south-east Asia are grey above and whitish below.


The Great Tit is easy to recognize, large in size at 14 cm, with a broad black line (broader in the male) down its otherwise yellow chest. The neck and head are black with white cheeks and ear coverts. Upper parts are olive. It has a white wingbar and outer tail feathers. Young birds are duller.


It is, like other tits, a vocal bird, and has a large variety of calls, of which the most familiar is a "teacher, teacher", also likened to a squeaky wheelbarrow wheel.

Distribution and habitat

The Great Tit has a wide distribution across much of Eurasia. It is found across all of Europe except for Iceland and northern Scandinavia, and then across the Middle East, Northern Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia and parts of central Asia as far as Japan. Another band of distribution occurs through Iran into northern India into Southeastern Asia, whilst another population lives in southern India. The species also occurs over much of China, Korea and Japan, and in Indonesia down into Borneo and as far as the Lesser Sundas.

Diet and feeding

Great Tits are primarily insectivores. They prefer protein rich caterpillars during breeding season to feed their young. A study published in 2007 found that Great Tits helped to reduce caterpillar damage in apple orchards by 50%. In England, Great Tits learned to break the foil caps sealing bottles of milk that had been delivered to homes to obtain the cream floating on top.


Great Tits are cavity nesters, breeding in a hole that is usually inside a tree, although occasionally in a wall, rock face, and they will readily take to nest boxes. The number in the clutch is often very large, but seven or eight white spotted red eggs are normal, with bigger clutches being laid by two or even more hens. The bird is a close sitter, hissing when disturbed.

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Hi Marius my neighbour.
Another nice photo of bird. Nice natural colours. Great contrast. Amazing composition.
Thanks for sharing,

Ciao Marius. DOF sharp and focus are impressive. Brilliant colours MF! Great shot.


Hello Marius,
A very good shot of this lovely bird, very nice eye-contact, great sharpness details against a very nice pleasing background,
Thanks for sharing and have a nice evening,
Best Regards,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-09-14 10:03]

Hello Marius,
Excellent photo of this Great Tit. Beautiful clear colours and good sharpness. Very nice blurred BG. Fantastic POV and composition. Pleasing eye contact.

Hi Marius, Fabulous capture of this fine species of Great Tit my friend, impressive sharpness with awesome detail, superb exposure/white balance control to support these lovely rich colours, love the POV with nice eye contact, Excellent work Marius and very well done,
Best regards,


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-09-14 10:21]

Hello Marius,
Beautiful very sharp shot of the Great Tit in a very nice pose. I like the background colour and the composition is excellent.Best regards Siggi

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  • ana974 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 477 W: 48 N: 968] (4857)
  • [2011-09-14 10:59]

Wow my friend!This is really a beauty! first class pic with great sharpness, excellent POV and elegant BG. I can almost hear the singing of this little and beautiful bird...Gorgeous pic! Congratas and TFS!
Regards from,

Name with a lovely reflection in feathered form! :0) great shot!

Perfectly posed, great detail and light. Wonderful colours and background. regards yiannis

Hallo Marius,
a splendid capture of the Great Tit, outstanding sharpness and marvellous colours, excellent picture
Best regards

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2011-09-14 12:23]

Buna Marius,
Splendida fotografie a speciei, dar fotografia este supraexpusa, culoarea alba este fara detalii...La foto cu Dendrocopus, specia trebuie clarificata!

Felicidades por esta encantadora captura Marius.
Buena luz y preciosos colores de esta pequeña maravilla que tan bien captaste.
Un abrazo: J. Ignasi.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-09-14 14:37]

Hi Marius,spectacular work to take at the best this small tit,the colors of background too are in perfect weding whit the colors of bird,impressive sharpness as usual.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

wonderful capture, wonderful picture Marius, excellent details and colors, very nice composition, congratulations 1

ciao, tino

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  • PeakXV Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 121 W: 0 N: 544] (3135)
  • [2011-09-14 18:42]

Hi Marius,

You couldn't have choreographed it any better if it were a stuffed bird! Wonderful composition with a perfect color palette & impressive sharpness. Well done on this very pleasing image.



Hello Marius,

an spledid picture taken by you with razor sharpness, exellent bg and light in the eye.
Fine colors.


this should be one of the greatest images of Great Tit I have ever seen ...even outside Treknature, Marius ! Bravo!
George Veltchev

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  • BREARD Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 106 W: 1 N: 419] (2141)
  • [2011-09-14 23:02]

Bonjour Marius,
Belle photo de ce petit oiseau aux très jolies couleurs.

Marius, this is a great shot of this tit. Outstanding sharpness and detail. Also great bokeh. Bill

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-09-15 7:07]

Lovely portrait of this beautiful Tit, fine composition and colors. tfs.

Hello Marius, another great shot this picture. A great light and great details distinguish this photo. All the best, Paolo

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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2011-09-15 9:25]

Hello Marius,
this shot is really fantastic!!
Thanks for sharing

Hi Marius,
Very well captured with a lovely pose of this Great Tit!
perfect sharpness, vivid colour and so much details
excellent exposure and focus in it
very well done and well framed!

Hello Marius,
wow, great capture of this little bird with good sharpness and beautiful colours. I especially like the lovely pose with the good eye contact and the wonderfully blurred background.
Best wishes,

Hello Marius friend,
Just awesome!... Great sharp, the best light level today in TN and a fantastic bird with very strong actitude!... Well done!... Eyecatching shot!

As always a great photo from you Marius! The composition and the BG are excellent. The colours and the lighting are fantastic. Impressive sharpness too.

Ciao Marius, lovely Great Tit in nice pose on a beautiful blurry BG, splendid light, wonderful natural colors, fine details and excellent sharpness, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-09-16 3:39]

Hello Marius,
very lovely presentation in superb simplicity. Exciting colors and the smooth and soft background is so powerful. Excellent composition and the image is so stunning.


Bonjour Marius,
Très bonne valorisation du sujet sous une excellente profondeur de champ.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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