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Brown Creeper

Brown Creeper
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Copyright: Eugene Fedorov (Islander_) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 82 W: 0 N: 194] (1687)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-01-27
Categories: Birds
Camera: Sony Alfa dSLR A700, Tamron SP AF 200-500mm f/5-6.3 Di LD(IF)
Exposure: f/8, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds of Canada (chapter two), Superb Birds [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-01-28 16:37
Viewed: 4103
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This one is rather difficult to catch, it is continuously moving.

The Brown Creeper (Certhia americana), also known as the American Tree Creeper, is a small songbird, the only North American member of the treecreeper family Certhiidae.

Physical characteristics

Adults are brown on the upperparts with light spotting, resembling a piece of tree bark, with white underparts. They have a long thin bill with a slight downward curve and a long tail. The Brown creeper is 11.7-13.5 cm long (4.6-5.3 in).

Range and habitat

Their breeding habitat is mature forests, especially conifers, in Canada, Alaska and the northeastern and western United States. They are permanent residents through much of their range; many northern birds migrate further south to the United States.


They forage on tree trunks and branches, typically spiraling upwards from the bottom of a tree trunk, and then flying down to the bottom of another tree. They creep slowly with their body flattened against the bark, probing with their beak for insects. They will rarely feed on the ground. They mainly eat small arthropods found in the bark, but sometimes they will eat seeds in winter.


Breeding season typically begins in April. The female will make a partial cup nest either under a piece of bark partially detached from the tree, or in a tree cavity. It will lay 3-7 eggs, and incubation lasts approximately two weeks. Both of the parents help feed the chicks.

The song is a short series of high-pitched sees.

As a migratory species with a northern range, this species is a conceivable vagrant to western Europe. However, it is intermediate in its characteristics between Common Treecreeper and Short-toed Treecreeper, and has sometimes in the past been considered a subspecies of the former, although its closest relative seems to be the latter (Tietze et al., 2006).

Since the two European treecreepers are themselves among the most difficult species on that continent to distinguish from each other, a Brown Creeper would probably not even be suspected, other than on a treeless western island, and would be difficult to verify even then.

Brown Creeper has occurred as a vagrant to Bermuda And Central America's mountains in Guatemala, Honduras and the northern cordillera of El Salvador.


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WoW! Après des vingtaine de tentatives, je n'ai jamais réussi une telle photo! C'est une capture impressionnante de cet oiseau pas facile; une des meilleures que j'ai vu à date! Bravo!

Hello ,
A Find this one beautiful , great affect , very appart , beauty colours and the bird verry good job ,Greetings .

Hello Eugene,
Even though it is difficult to catch, you have managed a pretty good shot at this bird. I like the details and clarity with very nice perch. You have done well cappturing this against the sky and maintained perfect exposure for the bird.


p/s: Please allow me to add to my personal theme.

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-01-28 19:33]

Bonsoir Eugene, félicitations, quelle belle photo de ce bel oiseau qu'on ne voit pas souvent en photo et pour cause! Il est difficile, oui, de les attraper car ils n'arrêtent pas de bouger et de tourner autour du tronc d'arbre, il se cache! On dirait presqu'une petite sittelle, très belle photo, elle est nette et claire, les couleurs sont très naturelles et lumineuses. Merci!


Bonjour EUgène,
Comme il est magnifique, le focus est parfait partout, tu sais vraiment y faire , celui que j'ai publié de profil comme le tien n'est pas en focus seulement celui qui est de dos, ils sont tellement agiles et se promènent en tous sens.
Bravo et merci pour ta criqiue.

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  • clnaef Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 778 W: 67 N: 645] (6814)
  • [2008-01-28 23:51]

Charmant oiseau dans une pose typique et bien exposé.
Bonne journée.

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2008-01-29 6:24]

Hi Eugene,

A nice capture,I had one before my lense today as well,but as you already mention in your note,they are so fast,the movement was noticable in my shots,but you did a great job,very nice,


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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-01-29 14:06]

Bonjour Eugène, je l'ai déjà vu et photographié celui-là mais le résultat était moche...Ta photo est super avec une excellente netteté et une belle pose de l'oiseau. Très bien fait, bravo et merci !


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  • lizzie Gold Star Critiquer [C: 207 W: 0 N: 605] (2855)
  • [2008-01-29 14:31]

Bonjour eugène,

Je ne connais pas cette espèce, c'est une première pour moi et je suis bien contente de découvrir cet oiseau avec cette superbe photo. D'excellents détails dans le plumage et une netteté tout à fait époustoufflante. Bravo!


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