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New Zealand Tomtit

New Zealand Tomtit
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Copyright: Chris Chafer (sandpiper2) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1906 W: 107 N: 4875] (16757)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-06-13
Categories: Birds
Camera: Pentax K100D Super, Sigma 70-300 DG Macro, Digital ISO 800
Exposure: f/6.7, 1/180 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): My Trips to New Zealand [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-07-18 5:31
Viewed: 5695
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Tomtit (Petroica macrocephala), is a small 13cm passerine from the family Petroicidae, the Australian robins. It is endemic to the islands of New Zealand, ranging across the two main islands as well as several of the outlying islands. There are several subspecies though the main difference is that birds on the main north island, such as this male, don’t have a yellow band on the breast. Females are browner.

The Tomtit is mostly an insectivore, feeding on small invertebrates such as beetles, caterpillars, spiders, moths, weta, earthworms and flies. Fruit is taken during the winter and autumn. Most subspecies feed in vegetation, waiting on a perch and watching for prey. Insects are also gleaned from branches and leaves.

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Hi MF Chris,

Excellent work, the details of this Australian robin are nicely captured. Good framing and the soft background is wonderful.
TFS and have a nice sunday!


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-07-18 6:53]

Hello Chris,
A fine capture of this NZ endemic robin. The features are well shown from a good POV against a contrasting natural BG. Interesting to see the black legs that have yellowish feet.
Thanks and have a good week,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-07-18 8:37]

Hello Chris,
Beautiful photo of this Tomtit in nice natural colours and good sharpness. Great POV and composition. Also a nice contrasting BG.

Hi Chris,
That picture is very nice the little birdie looks so cute with his golden feets and you captured it very well!

Many thanks for showing us that beauty!


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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2010-07-18 20:59]

Hi Chris,
That is a cute little bird. : )
Very handsome markings, really.
I know how hard those little passerine birds are to catch.
You did a great job in capturing this one to show us.
TFS. : )

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2010-07-19 1:03]

Hi Chris!

Nice portrait of small robin. Good sharpness, nice colours of plumage with surprisingly orange feet :-) Cute bird.

Lástima del enfoque Chris,ya que el pajarito es maravilloso.

Hallo Chris,
a very beautiful and interesting capture of the Tomtit, good sharpness and splendid natural colours, i like the lovely pose of this cute bird.
Best regards

Bonjour Chris,

Good shot of this little creature. Good focus and exposure. Nice balanced composition. The B&W colors of the bird separetes it from the colored busy BG. Very nice work and TFS.


Hi Chris.

Nice photo of the Robin excellent colours and details.
Cheers Dave

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