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Coal Tit

Coal Tit
Photo Information
Copyright: Pekka Valo (pekkavalo1) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 423 W: 54 N: 2120] (6789)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-11-30
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon EF 400mm f4.0 DO IS USM, RAW ISO 800, Canon EF 1.4x Extender II
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/125 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-12-07 2:05
Viewed: 3398
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Coal Tit at Blasford Lakes Wildlife Reserve. Another picture from the trip with Joe and Nick. It was raining and the light was poor.

From Birdguides:

Coal Tit (Periparus ater)

In: Coal Tit Ca: Mallerenga petita Da: Sortmejse De: Tannenmeise Es: Carbonero garrapinos Fi: kuusitiainen Fr: Mésange noire It: Cincia mora Nl: Zwarte Mees No: Svartmeis Pt: Chapim-carvoeiro Sv: Svartmes US: Coal Tit Ru: Московка

The Coal Tit is another perky little character found mainly but not exclusively in coniferous woodland. Several species of tit have a bold black and white face pattern but only the Coal Tit has this neat white stripe down its nape. The cold grey back colour is another distinguishing feature.

Breeds and winters in woodlands, particularly coniferous, and occurs in winter in gardens and hedgerows.


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-12-07 2:08]

Hello Pekka,
Wonderfully sharp pic on a very pleasing background. A wonderful presentation of this Coal Tit, you got it plenty of details, very sharp and focused. Perfectly framed and exposed with some great details.
Best regards Siggi

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-12-07 2:39]

Hi Pekka

Nice close-up of this coal tit. Great pose and dof.


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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2008-12-07 3:06]

Hi Pekka
very nice colors and composition
well done.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-12-07 3:43]

Hej Pekka,
Considering the poor light you still managed to get a fine capture of this Coal Tit in a nice pose. Great details and nicely framed.
TFS and cheers, Ulla

Hi Pekka,
a very nice portrait of the Coal tit, even if it could be a bit sharper.
Very nice POV and pose, we can see the white strips on the head. The BG is nice and clean, the bird standout well.
Well done.

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  • Dan Gold Star Critiquer [C: 113 W: 0 N: 2] (18)
  • [2008-12-07 6:57]

Hi Pekka, what a nice photo with the wet Coal Tit! Great shot, it can be seen the rain drops falling! Good job in poor conditions.

Regards, Dan.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-12-07 8:04]

Hi Pekka,

In spite of the poor lighting you managed a fine shot of this wet little Coal Tit. The wet feathers show up very well. Good details of the adorable face, wings, feathers, and even his feet. You captured him in a nice pose. The background is perfect.


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-12-07 8:56]

Hi Pekka. As you say in your notes wet and dull not good for taking pictures. Its a shame you did not come today . Bright sunsine all day.
This was a close one of the coal tit. You can see the rain in the BG. Good detail in the wet featehrs with natural colours. well done TFS.

Hi Pekka,
good composition of this Periparus ater.
Regards. Ferran

hello Pekka

you get an excellent close-up shot with a bad light and rain,
i love the bird's pose, excellent details of the plumage, TFS


Ciao Pekka, beautiful little bird in great pose, fascinating blurry BG, superb details and splendid sharpness, I like a lot, ciao Silvio

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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2008-12-08 8:13]

Merhaba Pekka,
Enfes bir akyanaklı baştankara fotosu olmuş bu. Emeğine sağlık.


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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-12-08 15:26]

Hi Pekka,
a lovely shot of this poor, wet Coal Tit :-)
Very good sharpness.
Great composition.
Superb DOF.

Well done,

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