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My First Coal Tit

My First  Coal Tit
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Copyright: NICHOLAS GLEN (nglen) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-10-18
Categories: Birds
Camera: Konica-Minolta Dynax 5D, 70mm.300.mm apo sigma
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/500 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-10-20 7:33
Viewed: 2970
Points: 74
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My two last postings were taken in the New Forest , this is the same spot and now its the turn of the Coal Tit. This is the first time i have loaded one we dont see them in the garden and only a few in the forest so i was pleased to get this one.

Coal Tit. ( Parus ater ) Length 11 - 12 cm.

A small resident bird which sometimes looks rather warbler like. Widespead and fairly common throughout most of mainland Britain and Ireland. Has black and white markings on head with conspicuous white patch on nape. Back wings slate grey with to white wingbars, and underparts pale pinkish buff. Found in both coniferous and deciduous woodlands and will visit garden bird feaders in winter.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-10-20 8:08]

Hello Nick,
This is a superb capture of a British Coal Tit, with fine sharpness, lighting, bokeh BG and pose in an excellent composition.
Soon I'll be posting my first shot of a Swedish Coal Tit. If you see it you'll notice that the back is bluish grey instead of brownish like this one.
Thanks for sharing this,
Enjoy the rest of the weekend,

Hello Nick
Very beautiful Tit, and congratulations! For me is
so exciting when I photograph a bird that I have not
captured it yet. Great POV, DOF and composition
Beautiful colors.. Well done


hello Nick,

This is an excellent capture! The image is sharp and the details of the feathers is very good! He looks to be doing a little dance over the seeds!

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

Many thanks for your comments on 'Catch me if you can ..'

Hello Nick
Excellent shot of this Coal Tit for the first time :o)
Perfect details,DOF and BG,Superb shot.

Good Luck

Hi Nick,
your coal tit is very beautiful and it's a bit different from our as Ivan mention.
Good sharpness and fine detail. The bird is well seen against the BG.
Well done.

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-10-20 9:29]

Hi Nick,
another super sharp shot from this location, looks like you had some great light to work with, which you've used to it's best. Excellent detail and exposure control, the composition and DOF are perfect. Very well done.

Hi Nicholas,

Congratulation with your first "Caol Tit"
in dutch this is called "Zwarte mees"
This is an excellent shot
Beautiful compo with perfect sharpness and fine details

TFS Thijs

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-10-20 10:39]

Hey Nick,
congratulations on photographing a Coal Tit. I've photographed it before but it was blurry and not very good... the complete opposite of this masterpiece ;)
+++ Sharp, detailed and good clarity. Excellent DOF and a good BG that contrasts well with the bird. Great pose, looks like you captured him just before he took off. Natural colours. Great notes aswell.
--- Nothing really except you miss-spelt Coal in your notes but that is hardly a fault.
Well done Nick and TFS,

Hi Nick, I like this cute little bird with splendid colors, great details and wonderful blurry BG, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Hello Nick
A great capture of a rarely seen Tit..Your fine detailed picture helps me to ID the one that I have glimpsed occasionally visiting my garden. They are a frantically quick bird and seem to rest only momentarily before moving on..
(Apologies for my last crit Nick..It was unfair)
Have a Good Sunday and Best Regards

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-10-20 11:33]

Hi Nick
I understand your feeling whit a new species.You had done an excellent job.Excellent POV and very sharp image whit lovely details.Very nice colors and light.I like that catch-light in the eye.
TFS Michel

hi nick,
very beautiful composition.
great sharpness of the caol tit with very clear details.
it stands out perfectly against this lovely creamy BG.
a warm lighting and a nice catchlight.
great POV and DOF !
TFS - carole

... Pero ella lo intenta ... ( you would not think it could get any food from such a small floewr) jajajaja

Tu fotografía preciosa, con una bonita pose del ave. Le estás sacando un buen partido a ese cebadero !

Un abrazo Nicholas: Josep Ignasi

Hi Nicholas,
What a nice tit capture. great clarity of sharpness and details. very nice colors, BG, lighting, eyes contact and POV. good notes. TFS
have a nice weekend my friend.

hello nicholas,
what a fine series of posting you have done recently, very nice capture, excellent details of the plumage, well composed shot, good lighting, nice dof,
well done,
tfs & regards

Nice clear shot with good colours. It would be nice to see his feet but that's another shot. I like the background washed out this way. Very nice contrast colour for this bird's colours. Nicely done!

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-10-21 4:07]

Hi Nick

What a pretty fellow and you have photographed him beautifully. Stunning DOF, great colours and pin sharp details. I love the pose and POV as well



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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-10-21 4:22]

Well done Nicholas ! It's always a thrill to get a new one. Very good shot with a great pose of the bird. Very sharp and very well exposed. Thanks !


Great image.
Perfect dynamic range - good black and white.
Well done composition - clear and sharp. Lovely!

You are certainly patient and getting a first image so correctly done is a nice way for me to awaken and see. The small bird with a small heart but plenty of love to pass around.

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-10-21 12:01]

Simply stunning details, Nick
I love the capture -- the pose is superb
and of course the oof BG is perfect to really set this off

Hi Nick,

Great, great capture. Excellent level of detail, lovely natural colours and light, and a perfectly soft background. Oh yes, and the consposition is perfect too. What more is there to say? Perfect!

Kind regards,


Hi, Nick.
First, but very nice. Light here is very beautiful. Excellent sharpness, details and exposure also. Clean BG.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-10-21 15:28]

Hi Nick

Just marking - back later.


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  • tiklod Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 290 W: 74 N: 875] (3397)
  • [2007-10-21 17:19]

Hi Nicholas,
An other very beautiful picture as you can able to take! (BEAUTIFUL FRAGILE THINNY LEGS)!!!


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  • kjpweb Gold Star Critiquer [C: 326 W: 86 N: 1084] (4788)
  • [2007-10-21 18:47]

Very well captured - haven't seen this bird in ages (if it is what in german is called "Kohlmeise"). Great detail and good pose in a beautiful light. Cool! Cheers, Klaus

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-10-21 19:01]

Hello Nicholas

A well focused shot with excellent DOF and POV.The colours are wonderful and the OOF BG is fantastic.I like the plumage detail .Very good eye detail and catch light.TFS


Hi Nick,
A beautiful capture of this bird. Lovely composition with excellent details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-10-22 7:24]

Hi Nick, an excellent shot of the Coal Tit. It is unusual to see them standing, showing their legs so clearly. Great pov with good light and great colours, excellent dof. As always, nice and sharp with good detail.

Hi Nicholas,
Good job on the difficult exposure of the black/white head plumage. Great POV, details, pose, and well seen from the BG here.
Well done.

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  • ridvan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
  • [2007-10-22 11:53]

selam nick; excellent shot and very good composition of this lovely bird .nice pov with splendid colours. great details and eye contact well presented pose
Well done my friend!
Regards ridvan

hi nicholas!
congrat to the first of
this beauty and the capture
went very well,sharp with good
composition and a fine background!
well done!

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-10-22 23:31]

Hello Nick,
WHat a lovely capture of the little Coal Tit that we don't see often here. I remember seeing it more often in Dorset! I love its pose here and details are very sharp and colours beautiful. Fine warm background too!
Many thanks and cheers, Ulla

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2007-10-23 4:49]

Salut Nicholas
cette dernère série d'images est vraiment superbe, j'adore les teintes chocolatées, le POV et l'attitude de l'oiseau.
well done


bonjour nick
une excellente premiere,j'aime beaucoup la couleur presque uniforme du BG qui met bien en valeur cette petite mesange.
netteté et details sont bien là.

Hi Nic,
perfect shot with an excellent focus, many detail on his plumage, very good lighting and splendid colors and background, this litle coal tit look very well,
cheer and thanks for this wonderfull shot,

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  • thor68 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 795 W: 138 N: 1319] (5674)
  • [2007-10-23 13:41]

just here to add some more well deserved points to this awesome shot! :-)
such a terrific clear and sharp capture, the details on the plumage are great as well as the colors and the wonderful blurred bg.
it´s been a long time that i saw a coal tit "live", so i am a bit "jealous".*g*
superb job & best wishes, thor.

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  • sily Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 6 N: 395] (1934)
  • [2007-10-27 15:59]

HI Nick!
What a perfection in this photo, really outstanding work.

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