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Common Treecreeper

Common Treecreeper
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Copyright: Hilary Wilkinson (Hil) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-03-23
Categories: Birds
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-03-24 12:32
Viewed: 2878
Points: 36
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Hello All,

I spotted this little bird hopping from tree to tree in my local park, sorry It's not the best shot, I managed quite a few shots and a few were quite a bit closer and sharper but the poses were not up to much, if only I had managed to get closer with this one it might have tuned out to be quite a good shot. Its the first time I've seen a Treecreeper, I also seen a Goldfinch and a Woodpecker for the first time but alas no shots.

The Common Treecreeper

The Common Treecreeper, Certhia familiaris, is a small passerine bird found through much of temperate Europe and in some parts of Asia. It is a member of the treecreeper family. Together with the very similar Short-toed Treecreeper, the Brown Creeper and Hodgson's Treecreeper, it forms a distinct group of treecreeper species. It has a generally more northerly distribution than the Short-toed Treecreeper, although there is extensive range overlap in western Europe. Where both occur, Common Treecreeper tends to prefer conifers.

Common Treecreeper is the only treecreeper which breeds in Ireland, Great Britain and most of Scandinavia.

It is a resident in woodlands throughout its range, and nests in tree crevices or behind the bark of introduced Giant Sequoia. Up to nine eggs are laid.

This is a small 12.5-14cm long bird, fairly drab in appearance, streaked brownish above and white below. It has long stiff tail feathers which help it creep up tree trunks like a mouse looking for insects. It has a long curved bill.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-03-24 12:38]

Hi Hilary. Well done for a first for you . Dont sell your self short . this is a fine close up. the light has not been very good so you have done well. the Treecreeper is very tiny and fast to move. well done TFS.

Hello Hil
This is a superb picture...You have been so patient to get this shot...Everything..Focus etc is totally spot on in my book...I hope you get the Goldfinch and the Woodpecker soon.
All the Best

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-03-24 13:08]

Hi Hil,
I photographed one of thesde for the first time a few weeks ago. Sadly I only had my 180mm and a 1.4x converter so couldn't get close enough for a decent shot.
Though you have done superbly well here!
The exposure is spot-on showing the intricate patterned reddish plumage really clearly.
Sharp with superb detail.
Nice composition as well.
Superb work!

Hello Hil,
Nice shot, excellent composition and pov, good sharpness, depth of field, and lovely colors and contrast, very nice frame.

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-03-24 21:27]

Hi Hilary,

Very good capture of this tiny bird. Your photo has a good quality image showing clearly little birds plumage as well as the tree bark texture. Composition is good and I like very the way you put the tree trunk in the photo. Colors look very natural and the contrast between the waitish bark and green blurry background is excelent.

Thank you for sharing,

Hi Hilary,

Good sharp on his natural habitat.
Beautiful natural colors and much detail in the bird..
Great unsharp BG.
Maybe a little croped so that the subject (bird) a little greater are.

Regards gert

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-03-25 9:49]

Hi Hillary.
Once more superb picture of the nice subject and cute bird. I also like excellent decoration of the image. Great inclined composition, perfect reflection all wonderful details and features and lovely tree and beautiful bird. BG is perfect, excellently smoothed and nicely coloured. Well done and TFS.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-03-25 10:16]

Hi Hilary,
Wonderful shot of this cute Treecreeper. The details and colours on its plumage look superb and the lighting and exposure levels are perfectly handled. The details on the tree trunk and the BG look great. Excellent POV and composition. Kudos.

Hello Hilary,
To me this is a very good shot!
the sharpness is still good even the sunlight comes from the opposite side of the tree!
very nice colour and details in the shot
well composed and good framed!

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-03-26 10:20]

Hello Hilary,
Even if you didn't get as close as you would have liked you did a good job catching this Treecreeper. This is well composed and presented on the birch tree trunk and stands out beautifully against the natural green bokeh BG with good sharpness.
Thanks for sharing this fine and not easy to get image,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-03-27 11:13]

Hello Hilary,
I like this shot - this ís exactly how you see them creeping up a stem very unobtrusively. But you've focussed in on this one very nicely. Great details and fine natural colours. I like the bark of the birch too! Lovely green background and matching frame!
Many thanks, Ulla

The tree does wonderful things for the composition - definitely very interesting. Great shot and an interesting little bird. :)

Hi Hilary sorry this is a little late for a crit but I thought this is an excellent shot of the tree creeper they are quite difficult to find they hide well, you did a great job with the photo very sharp and detailed. tfs rgds Necip.

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  • jesst Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 368 W: 0 N: 172] (2441)
  • [2008-04-06 12:03]

I should say thanks to you for this image - I saw this one today and even took picture of it, but I didn't know what bird is it. Now I know it's name.
Wonderful picture, TFS

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-04-10 8:51]

Hello Hil

A lovely vertical composition with this cute little treecreeper.
The POV is very good.
Excellent DOF,the bird is well focused and stands out against the OOF BG.
The lighting and colours are very good.


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  • RP1 Gold Star Critiquer [C: 154 W: 1 N: 6] (251)
  • [2008-04-11 0:55]

Hello Hil,
Nice capture, Tree creeper are hard to find. The picture is taken in beautiful environment; on a white tree and with green BG.

Hi Hilary

I love the shot of the treecreeper. the ones I have were taken on film and I have never seen another one near enough to be able to get a good shot of, but this little fellow seems to want to be photographed!

Great shot & TFS

Hello Hilary,
this is really great capture of beautiful Treecreeper. Several times, I captured also this species. But I have not manage a nice shots as much as yours. Your presentation wonderful with nice frame and splendid colors. thanks. best wishes

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