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White-breasted nuthatch

White-breasted nuthatch
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Copyright: jeanpaul Bolduc (jeanpaul) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2097 W: 99 N: 3518] (14962)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-04-28
Categories: Birds
Camera: Kodak DX6490, 52.6mm
Exposure: f/3.8, 1/550 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-05-08 20:26
Viewed: 3486
Points: 19
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
White-breasted nuthatch Sitta carolinensis


Identification Tips:
Length: 5 inches
Straight gray bill
Black crown and nape
White face and underparts
Blue-gray upperparts
Rusty undertail coverts
Short tail
Sexes similar but female duller
Feeds by hopping along tree trunks and branches often hanging upside down
Similar species:
Because of its unique feeding strategy, the White-breasted Nuthatch is most likely to confused with other nuthatches. Red-breasted Nuthatch has a black eyeline and reddish underparts. Brown-headed and Pygmy Nuthatches have brown caps and a white patch on the nape. Red-breasted, Pygmy and Brown-headed Nuthatches are mostly found in pines while the White-breasted prefers deciduous trees.

Length and wingspan from: Robbins, C.S., Bruun, B., Zim, H.S., (1966). Birds of North America. New York: Western Publishing Company, Inc.

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Cute little bird. Amazing how they can cling to the treebark. The white patch around the throat seems a bit blurry but other wise a great shot.

Hi Jeanpaul,
I like the composition, with the diagonal crossing lines taking my eye to the bird!
Good colours... maybe the bird is a bit soft, but all over a pleasant capture!
Pablo -

Hi Jeanpaul,
Charming little bird. Seem to hold something in the mouth. May be busying building a nest. Good POV and composition. TFS

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-05-09 4:02]

Hello Jeanpaul!
Lovely capture.I liked POV,framing and eye contact are wonderful.TFS...:-)

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  • halki Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 242 W: 9 N: 105] (471)
  • [2006-05-09 5:06]

Hi Jeanpaul!
Wonderful shot.Composition is perfect.Thanks for sharing.

Ciao Jeanpaul, the shot is nice and well framed, the bird is a little out of focus.

Difficult angle for both the bird and the photographer!
Still, you have done a good job, Jeanpaul.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-05-10 18:43]

Hello JeanPaul,
wonderful shot, very detailed and excellent colors. Good POV and wonderful eyecontact.

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  • Etka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 95 W: 0 N: 59] (514)
  • [2006-06-29 7:20]

W Europie nie mieszka "White-breasted nuthatch". Natomiast ¿yje tu "Kowalik (bargiel)".
Fotka piekna. Gratuluje !

White-breasted nuthatch does not live in Europe. Bargiel (Sitta europaea) lives in Europe.


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  • sily Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 6 N: 395] (1934)
  • [2006-07-28 20:30]

Hi Jeanpaul!
Beautiful soft tones in this photo, efective light and shadow play on the tree bark, cute little bird, nice POV , could be a bit sharper! :)

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