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South Island Tomtit

South Island Tomtit
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Copyright: Pam Russell (coasties) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3749 W: 483 N: 8155] (28054)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07-26
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF 100-400mm L IS USM, Digital RAW 100, Hoya UV 77mm
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Winter Holiday Campervan Trip 2006
Date Submitted: 2006-07-30 4:42
Viewed: 7231
Points: 50
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Tomtit (North Island Tomtit: Miromiro South Island Tomtit: Ngiru-ngiru)


Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Eopsaltriidae
Genera: Petroica
Species: macrocephala
Sub Species: toitoi, macrocephala, chathamensis, dannefaerdi, marrineri

Other common names: Great headed titmouse, pied tit, Ngiru-ngiru, yellow-breasted tit, black tit, Maui Potiki.

Description: Endemic bird:
13 cm., 11 g., large head, short tail, sub species vary in size and colour, the Snares being totally black; North Island has black head with white spot above bill, black upperparts and upper breast, white underparts, white wing bar and sides to tail; South, Chatham and Auckland Islands similar but with yellow breast; adult females have brown head and upperparts.

Where to find: Widespread in forested areas but not common.

This is a New Zealand member of the flycatcher family, subfamily Muscicapinae, to which also belong the native robin and fantail. In spite of the common name and some resemblance in appearance and habits to the tits or titmice of Britain and Europe, the two are not related; the name, although well established, is therefore misleading. Maori names were miromiro (North Island) and ngiru-ngiru (South Island); scientifically the species is Petroica macrocephala.

There are five subspecies. One occurs on the North Island and its off-lying islets, one on South Island and Stewart Island and their off-lying islets, one on the Chathams, one on the Snares, and one on the Auckland Islands. Minor differences in colour and size separate the races, with the exception of the Snares Island bird which is wholly black. The others are, in general, dark above with a white wing bar and pale on breast and belly. North Island birds have white underparts; those of the South, Stewart, Chathams, and Aucklands are yellowish below. The upper plumage of males is black; that of females is brown and, in general, duller throughout than that of males. The Auckland Islands females are exceptions in that their plumage closely resembles that of the males.

The above obtained from http://www.teara.govt.nz/1966/T/Tomtit/Tomtit/en


Camera: Canon 20D
Time of day: 1:37 p.m.
Date: 26th July 2006
Weather conditions: Clear
Lens: Canon 100-400mm L IS
Filter: Hoya 77mm UV
Shutter Speed: 1/200
F-Stop: F/5.6
Focal Length: 275mm
ISO: 100
Support: Hand Held
Original file type: Digital Raw

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what a cutie.. love the colours, and the detail.


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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-07-30 4:54]

How cute!!!
Wxcellent capture, Pam!
I was recently considering buying a dSLR and scouting for different lenses...and just by looking at your photos, i'm beginning to think the 100-400 L IS would be a great option...if it only were a bit cheaper :)
Anyway, splendid shot, with super sharpness, lovely colors and from a very nice POV.
Bravo and TFS

Hi Pam,
so cute, I love this tiny bird with the big head in comparison to the body, lovely.
So sharp, I can count every single feather.
Excellent post, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-07-30 5:42]

Hi Pam
Cute litle thing. Great colours, sharpnes, light and POV.
Well done mf


Hi Pam,
Excellent shot.
Great details, sharp and colors.
Well done!
TFS Malgosia

What a lovely miromiro!
Great image with outstanding sharpness, colours and perspective.
Thanks for sharing it, Pam.

Lovely shot of this Tomtit Pam.
Its just like the ones in my garden.
Lucky you,being at Milford Sound,one of my favourite places in New Zealand.
Great work.

Hello Pam

Fantastic shot. Lovley colours, sharpness and details. I couldnt be more spot on. The POV is perfect and so is the BG.

TFS another great shot.


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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-07-30 6:32]

Hi Pam,
What a cute looking bird. Great shot, excellent exposure and perfect DOF. Great colour and detail and good POV, great work.

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2006-07-30 9:23]

Hi Pam,

A very cute shot of this nice bird,well seen and captured with excellent details and sharpness,



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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2006-07-30 9:43]

Hi Pam

What a cute little guy, I have heard of these birds but not seen one before. Great colours, pose and detail. Great Notes too

Well Done
TFS Hilary

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  • pac Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 67 W: 13 N: 157] (1783)
  • [2006-07-30 14:05]

Hi Pam,

What a super shot. Super cutie factor, much sharpness, everything tops!


Great shot Pam,
You nailed the DOF pretty good here :)
Nice colors and exposure, excellent POV, framing, and BG.
Very well done.

Great sharp, excellent color and light and contrast, all in excellent composition.

A lovely miromiro! A very good photo, pam!
Best regards

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-07-31 2:52]

Hello Pam!
Another small cutie! Lovely bird, I like its shy pose and eye. Quality is perfect.

Hello Pam,
this is a lovely picture. I like it very much. Great POV, excellent colours/lighting and great sharpness too. This is a great composition. Thank you for posting.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-07-31 5:21]

Hello Pam,
Excellent capture of this cute bird.Details,clear eyes,POV,framing,BG,framing and composition are wonderful.

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  • OzBY Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 183 W: 2 N: 351] (1355)
  • [2006-07-31 5:58]

Hi Pam,
Great picture of this bird.
Great DOF, sharpness and BG


Bonjour Pam!

Excellente prise,la pose de l'oiseau est superbe et le Bg le fait bien ressortir. Bravo pour les couleurs et la netteté.
Merci et au revoir...JP

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2006-07-31 13:43]

Lovely shot. I love the composition. The details in the feathers are wonderful and it is set off with a nice BG. Really nice

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  • pilonm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 588 W: 90 N: 975] (3321)
  • [2006-08-01 12:16]

Hello Pam,

What is wonderful on TN is the possibility to see numerous animals that we were never aware of! And this lovely little bird is one of these for me: first time I see one!!! Nice capture with well managed exposure (black are so well rendered!), and a nice bg enhancing it. Excellent work and TFS,


Hello Pam!
I'm so jelaus of all your bird shots. They show all those interesting birds properly framed, posing against nicely blurred background and perfectly sharp in spite of your lens opened up all the way. You gotta be both very patient and fast to be able to get so many of them so well. Congratulations,

Such a cute little passerine and the details and colors again you have captured so well. :)

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  • fthsm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 172 W: 56 N: 512] (3689)
  • [2006-09-27 16:13]

Really cute one with wonderfull details.

Hi Pam,
cute little bird - great shot.

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