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Red-breasted Nuthatch

Red-breasted Nuthatch
Photo Information
Copyright: Richard Vincent (earthtraveler) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 427 W: 123 N: 947] (3483)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-08-31
Categories: Birds
Camera: Panasonic DMC-FZ50
Exposure: f/3.7, 1/500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-08-31 21:31
Viewed: 3360
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I shot this Nuthatch on the same branch (different direction) as my previous Woodpecker post. The high afternoon sun, filtered through the trees, allowed a faster exposure which gave me a much more natural image. The far distant trees gave a very similar watercolor BG.

Red-breasted Nuthatch
Sitta canadensis
A characteristic bird of spruce and fir forests, the Red-breasted Nuthatch makes periodic irruptions out of its normal range when winter food supplies are low. During those years, it may be found along the Gulf Coast and even in the desert washes of northern Mexico.

Small nuthatch.
Eyebrow white with black stripe through eye.
Top of head black or blue gray for female
Back gray.
Underparts reddish.
Climbs down trees headfirst.
Size: 11 cm (4 in)
Wingspan: 18-20 cm (7-8 in)
Weight: 8-13 g (0.28-0.46 ounces)

Sex Differences
Top of male's head black, female's blue-gray. Female is paler underneath and has a narrower eyestripe.

Call a nasal bleating like a toy horn, series of
short "annk" notes.

Conservation Status
Populations are increasing throughout most of the range.

Other Names
Sittelle du Canada, Sittelle poitrine rousse, Le Torchepot du Canada (French)
Sita canadiense, Saltapolos canadiense, Trepador Canadiense (Spanish)
Canada Nuthatch (English)

Cool Facts
The Red-breasted Nuthatch applies sticky conifer resin globules to the entrance of its nest hole. It may carry the resin in its bill or on pieces of bark that it uses as an applicator. The male puts the resin primarily around the outside of the hole while the female puts it around the inside. The resin may help to keep out predators or competitors. The nuthatch avoids the resin by diving directly through the hole.
During nest-building, the Red-breasted Nuthatch is aggressive towards many other bird species. It will chase away nest hole competitors such as the House Wren, White-breasted Nuthatch, and Downy Woodpecker. A particularly feisty nuthatch will also go after Yellow-rumped Warblers and House Finches. The nuthatch's aggressive tendencies subside after the nest is finished, although it remains aggressive towards potential predators and competitors.
Red-breasted Nuthatches migrate southward earlier than many irruptive species. They may begin in early July and may reach their southernmost point by September or October.

Source : Cornell Lab of Ornithology
All About Birds - website

Aperture Priority
ISO 200
F-Stop 3.7
Exp. 1/500th sec.
Maual focus
Hand held

Thank you all for taking a look and for you who choose to share your thoughts -- I appreciate it.

Mariol, gracious, Kathleen, vanderschelden, charedan, Silke, nglen, eqshannon, jmirah, SunToucher, Miss_Piggy has marked this note useful
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  • Mariol Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 15 N: 1654] (8221)
  • [2007-08-31 21:44]

Hi Richard,
Excellent picture, very nice pose of the bird with the seed in his beak. Good note. Congratulations and TFS
Regards, Mario

Hello Richard,
Very good shot with excellent sharpness, exposure and focus!
good clarity and much detail also nice pov
thanks for sharing

Hi Richard.
Wonderful image. The lighting is natural and really beautiful. Great composition, colour and detail.


Hello Richard,
Nice compo.
Pose is great as well as the perching.
Well done

bonjour richard
excellente capture,les couleurs de la sitelle sont tres belles et naturelles.elle est bien mise en valeur devant le BG.bravo.

Good POV, DOF, Light. Usually not an easy subject. I have yet to catch one, though I've seen many, but way too fast and nervous in their mouvement for me to photograph. Very nice detail, nice soft background that shows subject well. Excellent note. Thanks for sharing. Dan

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-09-01 4:09]

Hello Richard,
Beautiful sharp and natural coloured photo. Good POV, DOF and composition. Nice pose.

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-09-01 4:09]

Another superb posting. I like the diagonal composition here and the colours and details are super

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-09-01 10:26]

Hi richard. A very good shot of the Nuthatch. you have captured fine detail and colour. sharp focusing with a nice pose on the log. well done TFs. very good notes to go with it.

This is nice Richard. I like the way the subject and branch is separated from the lovely out of focus background. The stong angle in the composition is effective.

Evelynn : )

Very well noted to add to the perfection of the birds portrait. Not too contrasty as tall and just perfect subdued colors as it should be.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-09-01 14:02]

Hello Richard

Great shot of this nuthatch.The seed in the beak is a wonderful bonus.The focus is excellent with lovely sharpness.The lighting is very good and the colours are natural.I like the composition on the branch.Excellent POV and DOF,the OOF BG is super.TFS


Hi Richard,
Beautiful little bird. Excellent composition and detail. Very well captured.


Hi Richard,
You captured a wonderful moment with the seed firmly placed in its beak. I also like the pose of the bird, as if it is about ready to fly away. The lighting is really good and very well controlled. It gave you wonderful colors and nice soft shades. It also made the light BG become perfect.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-09-03 2:14]

Hi Richard,
Splendid shot of the Nuthatch with sharp details on its plumage and nice colours. I like the natural lighting and the fine pose captured. Great DOF lets the image stand out from the blurred BG. Excellent POV to portray it and very nicely composed. Kudos.

Beautiful shot.
Good pov, focus and light.
Beautiful colors and very natural contrasts.

P.S. From now you are in my favorite list

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-09-04 0:45]

Hello Richard,
Great capture of this Nuthatch in a fine pose.
Very nice soft light and sharp details. The composition is excellent too.
TFS and regards, Ulla

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-09-09 8:58]

Hello Richard, that's truly a beauty. I saw this bird twice but never get to shoot it properly. Well, yours is perfect, great composition, good exposure and sharpness with great decor and background. Thanks !


Hallo Richard
Although this is not your latest posting, I would like to leave my smiley at it today.
Very good close up with clear and fine quality details of this Nuthatch. Lovely mixture of colours of the plumage, and soft looking feathers on the belly. I like the horizontal stripe through the bird's eye that flows into the funny shaped beak. Thanks for sharing this beauty as well as the interesting notes.
Kind regards

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