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Copyright: Varahram Hemmati (vhemmati) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 66 W: 0 N: 63] (407)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-02-21
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 350D / Digital Rebel XT, Canon 100-400L 4.5-5.6 IS USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/80 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds of Canada (chapter two) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-02-22 19:19
Viewed: 3628
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is a male white-Breasted Nuthatch that I spotted yesterday at one of my favorite spots in east of Ottawa, Hog's Back falls. It's a perfect place to watch some native birds of the region like Chickadee, Cardinals, Woodpeckers, and Nuthatches. I also took my last day's post at this place. Here is more on the bird from Wikipedia:

The nuthatches are a family, Sittidae, of generally very similar small passerine birds found throughout the Northern hemisphere.

The nuthatch family, Sittidae, traditionally contained 23 species. The subfamily Sittinae held the 22 species of “true” nuthatches, and the subfamily Tichodromadinae held a single species, the unique Wallcreeper, Tichodroma muraria, which is now separated in its own family, Tichodromadidae.

Most nuthatches are woodland birds, although a few species have adapted to rocky habitats. They have the unusual ability to climb down trees head first, unlike species such as woodpeckers which can only go upwards.

Nuthatches have big heads, short tails and powerful bills and feet. Their shape is distinctive, and all species are recognizable as nuthatches if one has been seen. They are generally omnivorous, taking insects, nuts and seeds. Most are resident, but the Red-breasted Nuthatch migrates from the north of its range.

Nests are in holes or crevices. In some species the size of the hole is reduced by the building of a mud wall. The Eurasian Nuthatch includes in its song repetoire a single high pitched note that it repeats often from a high vantange point. This group gets its name from the habit of the Eurasian Nuthatch of wedging a nut in a crevice in a tree, and then hacking at it with its strong bill.


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  • yllen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 230 W: 0 N: 16] (641)
  • [2007-02-22 20:50]

Hola Varahram:
Es una compo encantadora. Me gusta la pose de esta avecilla, y los colores del cuadro que se sobre ese fondo verde que se difuma destacando la figura principal de esta hermosa captura.
Buen POV, DOF y un lindo encuadre. ¡Felicitaciones!

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-02-22 21:54]

Hello Varahram

Love the pose and composition.Very nice natural colours .Well composed with sharp details and excellent textures.Greeting card quality.TFS


Hello Varahram! Marvellous capture! How nice of him to pose so prettily for you! Must be very cold, he is all fluffed up. Well done! Linda

Hi Varahram, this is a very crisp shot of this nuthatch. You've captured excellent detail of him and the tree he's grabbing hold of. I like this composition with him jutting out over the out of focus background. Very nice.

Thanks, John

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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2007-02-23 7:32]

beautiful. fabulous composition and subject. tfs

Hi dear Varahram ,
great image with excellent composition.
lovely colours and nice BG.
excellent work.

Bonjour Varahram

Une belle prise de vue sur cette Sitelle,la pose de l'oiseau est parfaite et classique et les couleurs sont justes et réelles.Félicitations pour la netteté et le Bg qui fait bien rssortir le sujet.
Merci et au revoir...JP

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-02-25 3:30]

Hi Varahram.
I like this composition with very interesting pose of this bird on trunk tree.Beautiful colors and details.Very good isolate from blurry background.
Very nice done,TFS and best greetings.

Hello again Varahram,
This is another specie that I like very much. We have many subjects in common :) I like this POV, composition, exposure and details. If possible, I would have cropped it a little closer but maybe this was the maximum? Anyway, it is interesting to see it in its habitat with this characteristic pose. Well seen and well done! Thanks,

A cracking shot Varahram, holds my attention for its uniqueness. Fantastic little fellow...the bird that is :)

Hello Varahram,
Perfectly exposed and composed. Sharp & detailed. Very natural looking colors with excellent DOF. Well seen its natural environment, with the BG well OOF also..
Very well done.

j'adore la pose de cette sitelle,c'est sa position naturelle mais ici lorsque j'en vois une c'est sur la mangeoire alors elle ne se tient pas comme cela.

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