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Marsh Tit

Marsh Tit
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Copyright: Paul van Slooten (pvs) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-10-14
Categories: Birds
Camera: Sony Alfa dSLR A100, Sony 300mm F2.8 G
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/100 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-10-14 4:29
Viewed: 3170
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Today again a overcasted day,here again an upload from our garden,started to feed the birds again this week,which gives me lots of opportunities to capture this fast small birds and test my new lense,hope you like it and tfw.

Marsh Tit

The Marsh Tit, Poecile palustris, is a passerine bird in the tit family Paridae. It is a widespread and common resident breeder throughout temperate Europe and northern Asia. It breed in northern Spain. It does not breed in Ireland or the colder northern countries. It is resident, and most birds do not migrate. There has been a >60% decline in numbers in Britain between 1960 and 2000, with numbers down to 52,800 pairs.

The head and neck are glossy blue-black; the chin and upper throat are black, the feathers of the latter edged with white. The cheeks are white, fading into off-white on the sides of the neck, the back is sandy brown with an olive tinge, and the rump browner. The absence of the nape spot distinguishes it at once from the Coal Tit.

The wings and tail are greyish-brown, and there is often a distinct wing bar on the greater coverts. The underparts are greyish white, shading into buff on the flanks. As a rule the upper and under surfaces are more sharply defined than in the Willow Tit, its probable sister species. The bill is black with pale cutting eges (a good distinction from Willow Tit), the legs lead-coloured, and the irides very dark brown (paler in juveniles).

Note the glossy cap, smaller bib, and uniform wings which help distinguish it from the Willow Tit

It can be told from the Willow Tit by its glossy blue-black head and squarer tail; the black bib under the biill is smaller, and the wings are uniformly brown without a conspicuous lighter area towards the tips when at rest. The sexes are alike and seasonal changes are not striking; the young are duller. Length is 11.5 cm, and wing range from 60-70 mm.

"Marsh Tit" is a misleading rather than incorrect name, for though the bird is found in damp and marshy places, it is as common in dry woods and hedgerows and even occurs in gardens. In mixed winter tit flocks, seldom more than one or two Marsh Tits are present, and parties of this species alone are infrequent. Its performances in the bushes and branches are just as neat and agile as those of other tits; it often hangs upside down by one leg. Like the other chickadees it has a large range of call notes; most typical it the explosive 'pitchou' note, given when agitated. This note often leads into a typical chickadee note: pitchou-bee-bee-bee. Unlike many other chickadees, however, the Marsh Tit has a well-defined song and a wide song repertoire. Individual birds can have more than five songs, which they use interchangeably. Some of the more common songs include a typical tit-like, ringing, 'schip-schip-schip-schip-ship', and a more liquid 'tu-tu-tu-tu-tu' and sometimes a sweet 'tyeu-tyeu-tyeu-tyeu-tyeu'.

The food is animal or vegetable; caterpillars and other insects, and spiders are eaten, and seeds of various kinds, including those of the thistle. Unlike most other tits, this bird has been observed to store the food for the winter, by hiding seeds behind tree bark or in similar semi-hidden places.

The nest is occasionally in a hole in the ground, but the bird is more of a tree species than some of its relatives. It selects a hole in a rotten willow or other trunk or stump for choice, and though it never starts a hole, it undoubtedly enlarges the hollow, carrying the chips to a distance before dropping them. The hole may be within a centimetres or two of the ground or high as 10 m. Wool, hair, fur and moss are felted together, and occasionally willowdown is added, but the quantity of material used is variable. Feathers are very rarely used.

Five to nine eggs of the usual tit type are laid late in April or in May, and second broods are recorded though extremely rare in Britain. Most second broods are replacement clutches. The bird sits closely, and gives a typical tit 'hissing display' if disturbed.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-10-14 5:18]

Hello Paul,
Excellent capture of this cute little Marsh Tit in a fine pose. Sharp focus on the eye and fine details. Nice soft background too in this splendid composition.
TFS and regards, Ulla

hi paul!
good one on this little beauty!
sharp with nice pov and dof
well composed to!
great work!


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-10-14 6:55]

Hej Paul,
Nice pose and fine v-shaped composition of the twigs that this Marsh Tit is sitting on . great BG and lighting and good sharpness, all making a nice catch for the day!
Well done and thanks,

Hi, Paul.
Cute little bird. Excellent pose and sharpness. Well composed with nice BG.

Hi Paul,
Lovely pose of this March Tit. Excellent details on legs and feathers. Nice colours and BG.


Hi Paul
very nice pose and compo, exposure perfect, nice catchlight.
maybe a fill in flash would even improve the colours and the catchlight.
in very high qulity pictures like this one you probably could use the USM-tool even a bit more.

Hi Paul,
I like very much all tits. They are active and very beautiful birds. This is also very nice and its great capture. Nicely composed with two diagonal branches. Focus, BG, POV very nice. Good notes.
TFS, well done

Hello Paul
Excellent shot of this March Tit,
Perfect details,exposure and BG,Welldone.


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-10-14 10:09]

Hello Paul,
Excellent capture with great details and colors from your camera work, thanks for sharing.

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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2007-10-14 10:29]

great shot, very nice background and light
Regards, Dejan

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-10-14 10:41]

Hello Paul,
Again a perfect sharpness in this photo. Very beautiful colours, also in the BG. Great focus, POV, pose, composition and DOF.

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2007-10-14 11:29]

Hello Paul,
Such tits I meet very rare. I like such composition, these twigs add a lot of attraction.
Best regards, Pawel

hello paul,
lovely shot, the oof bg looks nice, good dof, well composed shot, you got a good pose here, nice ligting,
well done,
tfs & regards

Bellissima foto con colori e dettagli e tonalitÓ ottime. Bellissima anche la composizione con i rami a "V"

Ciao e grazie, Emanuele

Hello Paul,
Great DOF with perfect exposure and focus!
good pose of the beauty with sharpness, vivid colour and details
well composed and well seen

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-10-15 6:45]

Hi Paul
Excellent Capture.Very sharp image whit lovely details.Good POV and excellent blur BG .
Colors are vey nice.
TFS Michel

bonjour paul
je n'ai qu'un petite remarque a faire en ce qui concerne la queue qui n'est pas dans le champ,un peu plus de DOF aurait ÚtÚ bien je pense.

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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2007-10-18 11:56]

Hi Paul,
Deze kleintjes zijn nogal druk dus erg moeilijk vast te leggen.
Goede compo en pose van je model. Goede focus en scherpte. De achtergrond kleuren komen prachtig uit met de mees en de v van de takjes.
gr Paula

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