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Thanks for the nut.

Thanks for the nut.
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Copyright: NICHOLAS GLEN (nglen) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-02-06
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 40D, Sigma EF 180mm F3.5L Macro USM
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/2000 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-02-28 10:00
Viewed: 2763
Points: 58
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
One of the many Blue Tit that come to feed in the forest this little one got the prize. I liked the way this shot showed the side and back colours.

Blue Tit ( Parus caeruleus ) Length 11-12 cm.
A familiar garden resident in most of mainland Britain and Ireland. Often coming to Bird feeders in winter months. A common woodland species as well. Has elements of blue-green and yellow plumage with striking dark markings on head. Young similar to adult but lacking blue in plumage. Nests in tree holes and readily takes to hole fronted nest boxes. In summer feeds mainly on insects.

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Hi Nick,

Perfect shot
excellent sharpness with fine details and lovely colors

TFS Thijs

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  • shal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 256 W: 64 N: 481] (2140)
  • [2008-02-28 10:18]

Hi Nicholas,
lovely colours, details and compo.
looks to be a camera shy bird :P

Cheers :D

Hi Nick,
A shame his head is not turned slightly more toward the camera, a well captured moment with good colour and detail though.


Hi Nicholas,
A perfect-fabulous capture of this beuty with excellent details, superb composition, wonderful details and lighting.
TFS and Cheers,


I've seen this bird around here and now I know what it is, so excellent notes! Lovely shot with the soft background, not to mention I love that it is on a piece of wood - such a natural setting. The bird itself is sharp, colors are well displayed (not hot) and like me, he seems to like his mouth full of food. Wonderful capture.

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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2008-02-28 12:18]

Hi Nicholas
this is very nice action
very good sharp and detail
well done.

N Glenn...That rhymes as in "en-glen" I am no good at phonetics ....a bird image!? What a nice surprise...no not me...I am never sarcastic..I only speak in jestful ways...and a fine bird it is...just as important as all of such aviary...and BTW..I got a couple of robins again today. There seems to be an abundance..

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-02-28 13:28]

Hola amigo,
hermosa captura,
bello pov, y simpática escena.
buen trabajo,

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  • Dando Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 637 W: 32 N: 792] (3084)
  • [2008-02-28 13:47]

Great capture, excellent detail and light. Also very good timing. Nice work and TFS.


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-02-28 15:00]

Hi Nick,

What a big nut for this bird's beak! Great shot of the blue tit with the nut as a bonues. Fine details and lovely colors.


Hello Nick,
Good pose of the Blue Tit!
always good in exposure and focus with perfect details
very well done
have a great weekend, my friend!

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-02-28 16:14]

You really are working with your new lens, it is fantastic Nicholas. I love the colours and the pose of the bird too, with the nuts in the piece of wood, this is really nice. Beautiful background, great exposure, thanks!


Hi Nick,
A beautiful image of this little Blue Tit, excellent POV, love the angle the dead wood has created, stunning detail in the plumage, and perfect soft background and excellent lighting all the best Cheers Rick :)

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2008-02-28 21:22]

Hello Nick,
It's late and I'm running out of time
So I'm just marking today.. Congratulations


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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-02-28 22:30]

Hi Nick

Excellent POV with outstanding colours and detail. Well observed and captured.


  • jignasi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2118 W: 0 N: 3424] (27917)
  • [2008-02-28 23:38]

Preciosa Nicholas. Ese tronco tienes que guardarlo ya que te está dando grandes resultados jajaja.
Saludos: J. Ignasi

Hi Nick,
A lovely capture of this blue tit with nut in mouth. Excellent timing with very good composition and sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

The 180 Sig is surely a good lens. But there is one question in my mind. How much cropping? In my DSLR I am using a 18-200 mm Tammy. When I go nearer to take a relatively large subject such as this tiny bird it flies away within no time. And when captured from a distance the same thing after cropping heavily shows good lot of noise. How do you manage to take such sharp images. I also use the tripod. Please do help me out of this.

Great exposure. Nice and decent sunlight.
Best regards,

Hello Nicholas,

Beautiful composition. Excellent sharpness. Wonderful light and colours.


Hi Nicholas
Unusual POV and interesting moment. Perfect sharpness, great OOF background Very good job
Best wishes

Hello Nick,

The light on this little bird brightens the colours of his feathers and makes interesting shadows. The details of his patterns and the texture on the tree really do stand out!

This shot reminds me of my son trying to eat a gobstopper when he was small. Happily the blue tit will crack the nut without breaking its beak - I wasn't so sure about my son's teeth!

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-02-29 1:38]

Superb shot Nick!
The colours on it's body are clearly seen here.
Stunning clarity and excellent detail.
Nice composition.
I would be better if the head was looking at the camera a bit more but you couldn't have helped that.
Great BG-blurring DOF and a brilliant BG.
Well done Nick.
Thanks for sharing this mate!


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-02-29 2:24]

Hello Nick,
You seem to have lovely sunshine in all your captures! I noticed daffodils are out in England already too. Lucky you!
FIne capture of this little Bluetit trying to cope with that big nut. Great sharpness and beautiful light and colours. I like the soft and warm colour of the background too.
Many thanks, Ulla

Very nice Nicholas, the pastel colors of the finely focused plumage are rendered perfectly my friend, TFS and cheers,

Hello Nick
Very intersting scene you show us here,
Great focusing,pose and colors.
Superb shot my friend.


Hi Nick, a great pose for a nut splendid bird with wonderful details, beautiful colors of plumage and excellent sharpness, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • rdfoto Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 372 W: 0 N: 719] (3295)
  • [2008-02-29 12:42]

Bonjour Nick
Trčs belle prise, belle netteté, couleurs et contraste. Excellente gestion de l'exposition, bravo
Amicalement Robi

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  • lizzie Gold Star Critiquer [C: 207 W: 0 N: 605] (2855)
  • [2008-02-29 15:18]

Hi Nicholas,

Yes indeed, he got the prize, such a big nut for such a little mouth.
You've froze the action very nicely showing great details in the plumage, excellent focus from the beak to the tail and lovely vivid natural colours.
Very well done!


Hello Nicholas,
I'd like to see your famous garden. many kind of birds come also there. This is also perfect capture as like others in the seri. Splendid colors on BG and foreground, incl. tit. Great sharp details and composition. thanks for sharing. best wishes

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-03-01 8:01]

Hello Nick,
What a bright and sharp this superb image is. You use a blind here and peanuts for food, but what does it have in its beak? Great work Nick.

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