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Long-tailed Tit

Long-tailed Tit
Photo Information
Copyright: Ralf Lukovic (ralfsworld) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 492 W: 93 N: 1903] (6560)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-12-25
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 5D, Canon 100-400L 4.5-5.6 IS USM
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-12-26 9:20
Viewed: 3662
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Today's post was captured yesterday 160km north from Stockholm. I put Long-tiled Tit on my "must list" before the end of this year and only way to make my list finished was to found one.
So I contact one of the most popular photographer from TN, Gert (ellse49) from Gävle/ Sweden. We spend 3 days in the area called Villa Rettig.
First day was without any result. Second day I came little bit later and missed my opportunity to make some shots of this little guys, Gert was on the right place and made some nice shots :)
I had plan to stay only two days and later continue to north... but I decided to stay one more morning and see if my luck is going to change... and as you can see...

Thank you Gert and your friends for all help and hospitality :)

The Long-tailed Tit, Aegithalos caudatus, is a very small passerine bird. It breeds in most of Europe and Asia. It is a non-migratory species.
It is closely related to the true tits, and in winter it is often found with tit flocks.
This is a very small bird at only 13–15 cm in length including its very long tail, which itself makes up 7–9 cm of the total. The Long-tailed Tit is black and brown above and whitish below, with reddish flanks. It has a white crown. North European birds (A. c. caudatus) have completely white heads and flanks.
This is a restless species, constantly on the move as it searches for insects and other small food items. It is usually found in small flocks, and has been described as an avian sheep.
Long-tailed Tits are birds of deciduous woodlands with undergrowth. They nest in a tree or shrub. Six to twelve eggs are laid in a woven closed nest. The nest is held together with spider webs, and camouflaged with lichen. Adult birds will find a relative's nest and help feeding their "nephews and nieces", if their own nest is predated.
The call is loud trisyllabic srih-srih-srih.

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-12-26 9:23]

Très mignon cet oiseau,le contraste avec l'environnement est parfait et fait bien ressortir les couleurs du sujet. Bravo pour les détails du plumage.
Merci pour le partage et Bonne Année.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2006-12-26 11:05]

Hello Ralf,
I can see that this shot of the Long-tailed Tit was really worth the effort. You have captured it sharply, with good pose and POV. the flash has also done a good job.
Well done and congratulations!
All the best for 2007!

Grattis att du fick den före årets slut!

  • Great 
  • Rolf Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 58 W: 0 N: 27] (196)
  • [2006-12-26 11:57]

Beautiful bird in nice pose with excellent details.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2006-12-26 14:30]

Hi Ralf

What a little cuties, lovely composition, excellent DOF and a nice POV



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  • Denis Silver Star Critiquer [C: 18 W: 0 N: 178] (12)
  • [2006-12-26 15:23]

Hi Ralf,
Everything is there to make this photo beautiful. In photography, patience is often rewarded and we can see the proof of it right here. Good point of view, nice crisp colors, no distracting elements. Very nice work. Best of the season.

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2006-12-26 19:30]

Hi Ralf

Lovely shot of this shy little Bird, very nicely composed with a great pose, sharp details and beautiful colours too. Congrats on getting your Long Tailed Tit, now you can start to write your 07 list, Happy New Year.

TFS Hilary :o)

bonjour ralf
jolie cette mesange,j'aime beaucoup le plumage blanc de la tête et du poitrail,en cette periode de noel cela me fait penser a la barbe du pere noel.
bon POV et beaucoup de details.
bien vu.

Hi Ralf

Cute little bird. Nicely composed shot. Very good saturation of colour. Perfect catchlight. Nice camera work.

Hej Ralf,
this is a very cuite bird and I'm glad you got one at least;-)
It's was a pleasure to meet you and Karin, I hope we will meet again later in the spring.
Well done.

Jag hoppas att resan hemåt gick bra.
Gott Nytt År.

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2006-12-27 13:48]

a nice one Ralf,
good light on thye bird, good pov and very nice image to look at. well done. Have a good end and a good begin of the new year for you and your family.
gr. jaap

Witaj Ralf
Pretty Long-tailed Tit, pompous with visible colours. It is beautiful how with tale. Frame pleases me very, shiny eye and whole scenery.
Pozdrawiam - Roma

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