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Nuthatch on a branch

Nuthatch on a branch
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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: 2008-11-09
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 40D, Canon 70 - 300 IS USM
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/160 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-11-11 10:04
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Points: 78
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This was taken last Sunday in the New Forest . It was a dull cold day. I like the pose in this one with the bird looking behind the branch.This has not been cropped just resized with a frame and name for TN.

NutHatch. ( Sitta europaea ) Length 14cm.
Recognised by rounded, short- tailed appearance and habit of descending tree trunks head downwards, a trait unique in Britain to this species. Has blue grey upperparts, black eyestripe, with white cheeks and a orange buff underparts.Chisel like bill use to prise insects from tree bark and to open acorns and nuts. A woodland species common in wales and southern England. Nest in tree holes often plastering the entrance with mud to reduce the size.

taba, siggi, eng55, crs, fartash, Dis. Ac., jaycee, Royaldevon, Jamesp, maurydv, rousettus, Adanac, Alex99, matatur, horia, NinaM, bobcat08, anel, jconceicao, metcher has marked this note useful
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  • Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
  • [2008-11-11 10:09]

hi nick,
Good picture, i loved the nice black BG. nice lighting too

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  • taba Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 466 W: 124 N: 312] (1847)
  • [2008-11-11 10:14]

Hi Nicholas

it´s really a nice view with the bird looking down...
good dark BG that improve the well sharp image..



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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-11-11 10:14]

Hello Nicholas,
Excellent portrait!
Another fine capture of Nuthatch. Superb pose, composition, neutral BG, sharpness and lighting.
Top quality shot!
Best regards Siggi

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  • volkan Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 497 W: 10 N: 4] (2425)
  • [2008-11-11 10:35]

Hi Nick,
This is totally marvellous..nothing more to say..
thanks for sharing...

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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2008-11-11 10:37]

Merhaba Nick,
Excellent shot, perfect light, colors, BG, POV, sharpness and details.
Beautiful catchlight, nicely framed.


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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-11-11 10:38]

Hi Nicholas,
Wonderful captere of this nuthatch.Details on plumage,clear eyes,dark BG and composition are excellent.
Thanks for posting.

Good shot of a bird I have never seen so close. Good details, pose and background.

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-11-11 11:32]

Hi Nick,

It is not easy to take such a fine photo of these quick mouving birds. You are showing this bird in very fine sharpness so that good details and nice colors can be seen. The bird looks very fine against the darck background.

Thank you for sharing,

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  • mariki Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 838 W: 60 N: 2307] (9477)
  • [2008-11-11 11:53]

Hello Nicholas,

Beautiful picture of this nuthatch. Excellent sharpness. I like the POV here. Superb detail. Excellent contrast against the black background.

Dear Nick
Very nice shot of this NutHatch ,
Perfect exposure,composition and POV.Welldone my friend.


Hi Nicholas,

what an outstanding picture from this beautiful coloured little bird.
Razor sharp and the details are also very good.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-11-11 12:44]

Hello Nick,
Again a fantastic photo. The contrasting colours against the dark BG are amazing. Excellent sharpness and details. Very good POV, catchlight in the eye and composition.

Hello Nick,
Fantastic shot! This dark background is very nice to show the beautiful orange colours of the Nuthatch. The composition is great, simple and the sharpness perfect. You show us that evertthing is possible, even with bad weather. Thanks a lot,

Hi Nick
Nice shot despite the dull conditions. I'm lucky in that a couple of Nuthatches visit the feeders on our balcony (4th floor flat in Central Bournemouth!) and they are a joy to watch. Good pose.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-11-11 13:19]

Hi Nick,

A beautiful Nuthatch and a wonderful pose. I love unusual poses and this one is terrific. The colors are marvelous against the black backgroud. Superb details of the entire bird. Another excellent composition. Apparently you are finding more birds there than I am here!


Hello Nick,

This looks like a shy, modest nuthatch with its head to one side!
The focus is pin sharp and you have captured all its plummage details with good accuracy.
I do like the composition, with the bird nicely balanced on the diagonal twig.

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

Excellent specimen, well captured in the frame, well done!



Ciao Nick, plendid bird in a great diagonal composition, fantastic dark BG and wonderful colors of plummage, fine details and superb sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-11-11 14:24]

Hi Nick

A wonderful shot here - excellent detail lighting and colours.


Ciao Nicholas,
meravigliosa cattura, spettacolare la composizione con la bellissima postura di questa sitta europea e BG nero che esalta le splendide tonalità dei colori, ottima la definizione. Una stupenda immagine.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2008-11-11 15:44]

Hi Nicholas
Yes, the pose is good. I do like how he is looking down at the ground.
Good colours, details and sharpness
Well done

hello Nicholas
wonderful capture without cropping. great using of lighting. excellent composition with diagonal branch and with black BG. sharp details and colors splendid. thanks for sharing this beauty. well done

One fact in notes sticks out so well and it shows your true expertise.."This has not been cropped just resized with a frame and name for TN." That is in the news photo business what we call "Printed as seen through the viewfinder"...and in today's terms...What you see is what you get....It is number one rules for some...I bend them as we all do, but your not having to bend them shows the highest form of art!

hello nicholas,
very nice capture, the details of the plumage looks great, the dark bg compliments well, i love the lightingtoo, excellent composition,
very well done,
tfs & regards

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-11-11 19:48]

Hello Nick,
Exquisite plumage details and colors in this nice composition. When I see them they are climbing down a tree trunk head first.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-11-11 20:41]

Hi Nick.
Greatly framed and composed picture of lovely bird and cute scene. Pose of the bird is so attractive and quality of reproduction of the nuthatch and dry branch is top. I am impressed with nice dark BG. It looks like under flash light. However, as I can see the lighting was natural. Superb work, My best wishes and TFS.

Hello Nicholas

A super capture of this little nuthatch.
I was enjoying the sounds of a nuthatch in the garden today.
This is a wonderful POV and DOF.
The feathers are well defined with excellent colour.
Great job on the lighting,it looks awesome against that dark BG.
Well done.


This is pure beauty from every known aspect of fine photography Nicholas, TFS this wonderful image my friend.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-11-12 5:41]

Hi Nico,the black background make a difference,is another fantastic pic whit colors and sharpness at the top,impossible to comment beauties like that..and your gallery is full of that! ehehe....thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2008-11-12 12:05]

Hi Nicholas
very nice portrait of a beautiful Nuthatch,
xcellent focus on the eye,body are very good sharp too.Excellent composition and background.
Regards Jiri.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-11-12 13:58]

Hi Nick

A really terrific close-up of this Nuthatch!
You are right, the pose is interesting and gives the photo is own character.
The fact that this is a full-frame shot really shows your excellent skills. The DOF is very well selected, the exposure is spot-on and the overall sharpness is exceptional.
The natural contrast with the BG is also a great bonus and completes your lovely presentation.

Bravo and TFS

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-11-12 14:44]

This is a beauty Nick, absolutely ravissante. This little nuthatch is so beautiful to look at, because you captured it in beautiful light, fantastic composition and great pose. Wow. Not much to say because this picture is perfect to contemplate.


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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-11-12 22:59]

Hello Nicholas, What a cute looking bird. Excellent clarity and I am not sure what it is attemtempting to ?

Hi Nick,

Wow what a clarity ! The bird jumps completely out there frame. G R E A T. The black BG helps this effect to make it so beautiful. The pose and composition are superbe.

And I completly agree with Bob Egshannon:" That is in the news photo business what we call "Printed as seen through the viewfinder"...and in today's terms...What you see is what you get....

Thanks for sharing. Greetings and TFS BOB

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-11-13 13:22]

Very, very good shot of this Nuthatch.
The composition is superb.
I love the black BG.
Great pose.
Superb sharpness.

Very well done Nick!


p.s we should organise another TN meet sometime. Vinny (vinster), said he would like to come to Blashford lakes to photograph the Bramblings and Redpolls and I really want to go to Cadman Pool to photograph the Nuthatches :-)
I'll send you an email soon.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-11-15 9:40]

Hello Nicholas, well done my friend, another great shot, well composed with great technical qualities, congrats!


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-11-17 4:50]

Hello Nicholas,
This is a very special picture, showing the Nuthatch in a very busy pose and with this nice dark background giving to the bird's plumage this nice luminosity. Beautiful shot!
Have a nice week

Hello Nicholas,

Great shot.
Nice colours with good details.
Light,focus and colours are excellents.

Hi, Nick.
Beautiful bird. Excellent pose, sharpness, details and colors. Well composed too.

Hi Nick,
this is a superb capture of this nuthatch and to have such a background be so uniformly dark is amazing.There are zero distractions because of the background and the bird as a result sits out very vividly with strong colour and very nicely focused details.The head of the bird looks a wee bit over exposed but probably is more due to the exceptional contrast this photos has.A fine photo and thank you for sharing it with us. Bob

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