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White Breasted Nuthatch

White Breasted Nuthatch
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Copyright: Mario Belanger (EOSF1) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-11-12
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Canon EF 100-400 F4-5.6 L IS USM, ISO 400, B+W 77 010 UV-Haze 1 x
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/160 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-12-23 8:39
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
Here's a male White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis 13-15 cm) exploring the log in search of sunflower seeds. Shot in the garden.

From: www.birds.cornell.edu

A common bird of deciduous forests and wooded suburbs, the White-breasted Nuthatch can be seen hopping headfirst down the trunks of trees in search of insect food. It frequents bird feeders and takes sunflower seeds off to the side of a tree, where it wedges them into a crevice and hammers them open.

Large nuthatch; creeps headfirst down tree trunks.
Dark gray or black cap.
Bright white face and underparts.
Blue-gray upper parts.
Long bill either straight or slightly upturned.

Size: 13-14 cm (5-6 in)
Wingspan: 20-27 cm (8-11 in)
Weight: 18-30 g (0.64-1.06 ounces)
Sex Differences
Sexes similar; male with black cap, female with grayer cap.

Song a series of soft, slightly nasal "what, what, what" notes. Call a soft "yank.

Conservation Status
Common and widespread. Populations increasing over most of range.

Other Names
Sittelle à poitrine blanch (French)
Saltapalo blanco (Spanish)

Cool Facts

Nuthatches gather nuts and seeds, jam them into tree bark, and hammer or "hatch" the food open with their bills.

The White-breasted Nuthatch is normally territorial throughout the year, with pairs staying together. The male is more vigilant when he forages alone than when he is with the female. The female, however, is in danger of having the more dominant male displace her from foraging sites, and she is more vigilant when he is around than when she is alone.

In winter, the White-breasted Nuthatch joins foraging flocks led by chickadees or titmice. One explanation for these flocks is that the birds gain protection from predators by the vigilance of the other birds. In support of this idea, one study found that if titmice were removed from a flock, nuthatches were more wary and reluctant to come to exposed bird feeders.

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Hi Mario,
A surprisingly Christmassy bird and shot. Brilliant detail and great all round composition. It has gone straight into my favourites,
Well Done and Merry Christmas,
Nick :-)

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-12-23 8:45]

Hi mario. A good close up of this beautiful bird. You have captured this With good detail and rich colours. a nice pOV. DOF. well done TFS. good notes too.
Happy Christmas and a Happy New Year.

cracking good image of these great birds...superb details and a lovely composition...TFS

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  • Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
  • [2007-12-23 8:58]

hi mario,
beautiful bird with a nice pose.great details.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-12-23 8:58]

Hi Mario,

A beautiful picture of a beautiful bird. His colors are wonderful with the lovely blue and black wings and the perfect white breast. Excellent details and a charming pose.


More than likely a noisy little one egh Mario? As good as the last and almost as good as the next...:-) Go figure. I am somewhat convoluted today!

Hello Mario !
This is really an amazing picture ! I love everything here ! Excellent sharpness and details, nice natural colors, beautiful composition and POV, beautiful blurred BG, and a splendid pose of the bird. Very well done !

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-12-23 9:37]

Hi Mario,
an excellent pose and as always, superb sharp detail and perfect exposure. Very well done indeed my freind.
A very merry xmas and a happy new year to you and your family.


Greatimage of the Nuthatch.
Fantastic little birds,
Merry Christmas,


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2007-12-23 13:48]

Thanks a lot for this great pic and Merry Christmas to you and your family,Luciano.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-12-23 13:56]

Hola Mario,
bella captura y sensacional calidad,
colores magníficos.

Hello Mario,
Another superb shot of Nuthatch!
excellent in everything - exposure, focus, sharpness, colour and details always
well done again
my sincerely wishing you:-

salut Mario

comme d'habitude belle photo de cette sitelle,
j'aimes le pov de l'image et la pose de l'oiseau
et les details de son plumage sont excellente



Hello Mario,
Another fantastic shot, excellent composition and sharpness, beautiful colors and great detail. Happy Holidays!!!

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-12-23 17:38]

Helo Mario,
Simply perfect image Mario, thank you Sir.

hello mario,
nice closeup shot of this beautiful bird, sharp image with good details of the plumage, lovely colours, nice eye contact,
well done,
tfs & regards

wish you and your family Merry Christmas

Hello Mario,
Wonderful details in this happy little fellow!
I like the gradient in the background, awesome...
Seasonal greetings from Norway,
Pablo -


Hello Mario,

Just marking,

Dear Mario,
Very beautiful close-up shot of this Nuthatch you present here.
You've captured very cute pose of this friend, with excellent details and exposure.
Also, I can see the lovely overall blue colouration here.
Well presented with informative note too.
Thanks for the sharing this lovely photo. :-)
Best wishes,
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!!

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-12-24 3:46]

Hi Mario,
Merry Christmas and a very happy New Year to you.
Outstanding shot of the Nuthatch with immaculate sharpness and nice colours on its plumage. Great lighting and exposure and you have captured a fine pose here against a darkish BG. Excellent POV chosen to portray it and very nicely composed. Kudos.

Salut Mario,
C'est vraiment une des photos très réussie que j'ai vu de cette espèce. Les détails, la proximité et la composition sont remarquables. Les couleurs du background sont parfaites, un petit chef-d'oeuvre! Bravo et de très Joyeuses Fêtes à toi et tes proches,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-12-25 0:00]

Hello Mario,
Excellent presentation with great sharpness, pose, colours and composition.
Merry Christmas,

Bonjour Mario

Cette Sittelle à poitrine blanche sur la branche a bien été capturé par le photographe. La prise de vue permet de voir avec précision les détails et couleurs de son plumage. Superbe oiseau, merci du partage.

Bonne et Heureuse Année 2008


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