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Blue Tit

Blue Tit
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Copyright: Mike Schwebag (SchwebagMike) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 53 W: 0 N: 53] (441)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-11-17
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Canon EF 100-400 F4-5.6 L IS USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/320 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): "Haff Réimech", Luxembourg., My Birdshots - Luxembourg, Blue Tits II [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-11-17 5:28
Viewed: 5675
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I went back to the wonderfull "Haff Réimech" natural reserve near Remerschen, to continue my observation of the cormorants I posted last week. While waiting there I heard some rustling and notice this nic blue tit. Not what I planned, but nice ;-)
Second shot is here.

The Blue Tit, Cyanistes caeruleus (often still Parus caeruleus), is a 10.5 to 12 cm long passerine bird in the tit family Paridae. It is a widespread and common resident breeder throughout temperate and subarctic Europe and western Asia in deciduous or mixed woodlands. It is a resident bird, i.e., most birds do not migrate.

The azure blue crown and dark blue line passing through the eye and encircling the white cheeks to the chin give the Blue Tit a very distinctive appearance. The forehead and a bar on the wing are white. The nape, wings and tail are blue; the back is yellowish green; the under parts mostly sulphur-yellow with a dark line down the abdomen. The bill is black, the legs bluish grey, and the irides dark brown. Young Blue Tits are noticeably more yellow. This is a common and popular European garden bird, due to its perky acrobatic performances when feeding on nuts or suet. It swings beneath the holder, calling tee, tee, tee or a scolding churr.

The song period lasts almost all the year round, but is most often heard during February to June.

Blue and Great Tits form mixed winter flocks, and the former are perhaps the better gymnasts in the slender twigs. A Blue Tit will often ascend a trunk in short jerky hops, imitating a Treecreeper. As a rule the bird roosts in ivy or evergreens, but in hard weather will shelter in a hole. Blue tits are very agile and can hang from almost anywhere.

The Blue Tit has an average life expectancy of 1.5 years

The Blue Tit is a valuable destroyer of pests, though it has not an entirely clean sheet as a beneficial species. It is fond of young buds of various trees, and may pull them to bits in the hope of finding insects. No species, however, destroys more coccids and aphids, the worst foes of many plants. It takes leaf miner grubs and green tortrix moths. Seeds are eaten, as with all this family.

It will nest in any suitable hole in a tree, wall, or stump, or an artificial nest box, often competing with House Sparrows or Great Tits for the site. Few birds more readily accept the shelter of a nesting box; the same hole is returned to year after year, and when one pair dies another takes possession.

The bird is a close sitter, hissing and biting at an intruding finger. In the South West of England such behaviour has earned the Blue Tit the colloquial nick-name "Little Billy Biter". When protecting its eggs it raises its crest, but this is a sign of excitement rather than anger, for it is also elevated during nuptial display. The nesting material is usually moss, wool, hair and feathers, and the eggs are laid in April or May. The number in the clutch is often very large, but seven or eight are normal, and bigger clutches are usually laid by two or even more hens.

Shot taken at 800 iso. Not much PP, except increasein saturation and constrast, and a light tone-curve change.

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Bonjour Mike, très jolie photo avec des couleurs magnifiques et un très beau background, focus parfait avec de jolis détails dans le plumage,
excellente composition,

Hello Mike,
Very well captured with a lovely pose of this Blue Tit!
perfect sharpness, vivid colour and so much details
excellent exposure and focus in it
very well done and well framed!
all the best

very nice light and great composition, bravo Ori

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2007-11-17 14:13]

salut Mike,
je découvre avec plaisir ta galerie et toutes tes publications sur TE & TL et comme par hazard nous sommes de la même année de naissance :)
Cette image est très lumineuse et colorée, la position de l'oiseau est bonne et lui donne fier allure. Pour la technique, la branche au premier plan distrait l'oeil et la mise au point un peu défaillante malgré un superbe matos.
j'attends la suite avec impatience.


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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-11-18 10:16]

Bonjour Mike ! Quelle belle réussite que la photo de ce Blue Tit, un oiseau que nous n'avons pas au Canada. La composition est superbe et le décor et le background sont sublimes ! Bravo et merci !


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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-11-19 0:44]

Hello Mike, this is a beautiful and delicate shot. The Tit is posed perfectly set in the reeds. You managed a great catch with sharp focus, good exposure and very well composed. The Tit has lovely colour tones. Great work.
:) later

J'aime beaucoup la composition : la mésange sur une herbe.

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  • mlines Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 556 W: 26 N: 668] (3116)
  • [2007-12-26 14:21]

Hi Mike, I like this photo of the small bird very much. Detail is excellent right down to its very delicate lags and feet. Excellent work. TFS. Murray.

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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2007-12-26 14:26]

Hello Mike, great shot, clear capture in lovely pose, nice backgroun color
regards, Dejan

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  • taba Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 466 W: 124 N: 312] (1847)
  • [2008-01-14 6:35]

Hi Mike
nice capture and composition.
very pretty bird, full of colors and with a good BG.
well done.

Nice shot! Very weel composed and nice posture of the bird.

Very beautiful little fellow. Have not seen this bird b4.
The color is outstanding love how u caught him in the frame.. Focus is perhaps a little soft nevertheless excellent capture..

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