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Long-tailed Tit

Long-tailed Tit
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Copyright: Joe Kellard (joey) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-01-06
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 400D (Rebel XTi), Canon EF 100-400mm L IS USM, Digital ISO-800, Hoya 77mm UV Filter
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1600 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-01-08 1:26
Viewed: 3310
Points: 48
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Here's my first post of this cute little bird. There was a small group of them tweeting and flitting between the branches of a tree above me. Then one of them flew on to a twig about 2m away and allowed me to get a few shots of it :-)

I hope you like it!

Long-tailed Tit - Aegithalos caudatus

Long-tailed tits (Aegithalidae)

The long-tailed tit is easily recognisable with its distinctive colouring, a tail that is bigger than its body, and undulating flight. Gregarious and noisy residents, long-tailed tits are most usually noticed in small, excitable flocks of about 20 birds. Like most tits, they rove the woods and hedgerows, but are also seen on heaths and commons with suitable bushes.

Where to see them
Found across the UK escept for the far north and west of Scotland. They can be seen in woodland, farmland hedgerows, scrubland, parkland and gardens. In winter they form flocks with other tit species.

When to see them
All year round

What they eat
Insects, occasionally seeds in autumn and winter


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-01-08 1:32]

Hello Joe,
A very nice portrait of a Long-tailed Tit. I like the POV, lighting and pose on the branch. The sharpness is also pretty good to make it well seen against the OOF neural BG.
These little birds are not easy to photograph as they are so active.
Well done and thanks for delighting us with this one.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-01-08 1:50]

Hello Joe,
What a lucky find! I love these little birds and it is interesting to see this subspecies that occurs in the UK - A. Europaeus. The one here in the north has a head that is all white. This is a lovely capture showing it very nicely in profile. Beautiful light and colours and fine details. Well composed too!
Many thanks and cheers, Ulla

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-01-08 2:23]

Hi Joe
Nice capture, I like colors. Well done.
Razvan Zinica


Another quality posting. The subject is well composed, detailed and sharp. I like the lighting that shows a soft golden glow of the subject. The DOF, POV, BG and clarity are all excellent.

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2009-01-08 3:02]

Bonjour Joe,

Cet oiseau est très mignon. Félicitation pour cette belle presentation et merci pour le partage.


Hi Joe
Excellent shot of this little long-tailed tit.
Well done and TFS

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2009-01-08 5:10]

Hi Joe
Nice composition.Excellent POV and sharp image with great plumage detail.I like the pose of your subject and I also like the beautiful colors.
TFS Michel

Ciao Joe, beautiful diagonal composition with lovely little bird, great composition colors, perfect focus with fantastic blurry BG, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hello Joe,
This is the first time I am seeing a long tailed Tit too.:)Nice composition of the bird with beautiful clean background. Good sharpness and details. Nice catchlight in the eye too.

hello joe
great shot of a beautiful little bird

i like the colours
sharpness ok
greeting lou

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2009-01-08 8:23]

Hi Joe,
This is really cute little bird captured with nice lighting against clear background. Composition is bit tight for this fellow, could have given some space in front to make it better. tfs.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-01-08 8:29]

Hello Joe,
Not an uncommon bird to me. They visit my garden frequently. But they never sit still, always on the move. So it's not easy to make a good photo of them.
You made a fantastic portrait. Excellent sharpness and beautiful colours against a great OOF BG.

Hi Joe,

nice presentation of this Long-tailed tit.
Beautiful pose of the bird and suburp colours.


Hi Joe,
You have captured a very good picture of my favourite small bird. I don't have any fresh pictures myself though a frindly flock just visited my feeders: 3-4 waiting patiently sitting on supports while the first three were feeding, what a sight (but no pictures). Excellent capture with good pose and composition, sharp fine details, good catch light on eye, natural BG.

Ciao Joe,
meravigliosa composizione per questo grazioso codibugnolo catturato con ottima definizione, molto belli i colori dalle tonalità calde e stupendo BG.

A lovely faced long-tailed tit you captured here Joe, The pose and composition of the subject are wonderful.

Your photos are always so sharp and clear with the perfect depth of field, giving the image an almost 3-D quality. Great always.

Hello Joe,
Sometimes we see these birds here; you have to go to particular places though. Unfortunately not in the garden...
The light is beautiful in your work and I particularly like the shadow of the branch on the bird.
Well done

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-01-09 15:16]

Hi Joe,

I have seen so few bird lately - lucky you to come across this lovely Long-tailed Tit. I love the pose on the branch showing us his/her profile. It has the sweetest looking face. Beautiful colors, nice details, excellent background and composition.


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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2009-01-10 3:19]

Hola Joe,
bonita captura,
hermoso pov y fino bg.
perfecto encuadre.
saludos amigo.

Hi Joe,
those tits are wonderful, they look so cute and your captured this one excellent.
The colours are warm, sharpness very good, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2009-01-11 12:57]

How beautiful!!! I find this little bird adorable, with that little beak and the beautiful plumage. The composition is superb. I love it!
Thank you very much for this beauty.

Buen documento y bonita luz. Hay que valorar la dificultad de la captura y la naturalidad de la misma. Un abrazo: Josep Ignasi.

Hello Joe,
Not so easy to catch this cute bird. Yes, they can come close to us, but there are always moving from branch to branch! I like very well the tones of your photo and the sharpness of the bird. Great job. Best regards,

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