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Copyright: Joe Kellard (joey) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-11-20
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 400D (Rebel XTi), Canon EF 100-400mm L IS USM, Digital ISO-800, Hoya 77mm UV Filter
Exposure: f/8, 1/200 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2008-11-22 5:13
Viewed: 3003
Points: 50
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This little Blue Tit happily sat on this twig after gorging itself with seeds :-)

I hope you like it!

Blue Tit - Cyanistes caeruleus

Tits (Paridae)

Its colourful mix of blue, yellow, white and green make the blue tit one of the most attractive resident garden birds. Almost any garden with a peanut feeder will attract them and they readily breed in nestboxes. In winter they form flocks with other tit species and a garden with four or five at a bird table at any one time, may be feeding 20 or more.

Where to see them
A common woodland and garden bird, also seen along hedgerows and in most places with trees and bushes.

When to see them
All year round.

What they eat
Insects, caterpillars, seeds and nuts.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-11-22 5:21]

Hello Joe,
There are many photos of Blue Tits in the last days. But this one is the best I've seen. Superb sharpness, details and natural colours. Very nice pose in a wonderful composition. Great DOF, BG and POV.

Ciao Joe, a little fantastic birs with wonderful colors, fie details and splendid sharpness, I like a lot beautiful blurry BG, bravo, ciao Silvio

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-11-22 5:59]

Hello Joe,
An excellent Blue Tit portrait, the POV and technical qualities being great. Superb composition too and its nice that you could time it so that he was not busy with a seed!
TFS and have a great weekend,

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-11-22 6:19]

Hi Joe,
Outstanding shot of this charming Blue Tit with such fabulous colours and details on its plumage. Immaculate sharpness and a great pose captured with superb lighting. The BG looks so special. Excellent POV, DOF and composition.

Hej Joe,
a very nice picture of the blue tit, it's sharp, well composed with a fine POV,
But I think the White Balance could be some better at least at my monitor.
Well done, my young friend.
Best Regards,

Been over at Nicks place have you?:-) It could in a way look simialr to Nicks technique. your a fast study...very nicely done Joey. I hope you have time for rest this weekend...

Hi Joe,
I love those tiny tits, also have some as my guests in the garden, they are lovely.
Thanks for the good shot, bye
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-11-22 8:51]

Hello Joe
beautiful shot of this Blue Tit, with lovely colours, excellent POV,
excellent DOF, lovely pose of the Blue Tit, excellent sharpness
and details and lovely luminosity of the foreground, TFS
Regards Siggi

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-11-22 9:22]

Hi Joe,

Did you borrow one of Nick's beautiful models??? A gorgeous close-up of this Blue Tit posing so nicely. The face, plummage and wings have marvelous colors and fine details. Every feather seems to stand out. Very nice background and a superb diagonal composition.


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-11-22 11:07]

Hi Joe. As you say the little Blue Tit looks happy with life . You have been able to get a close shot of this one. Which has given you good detail and colours. I like the BG you have sets the bird of well. TFS.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-11-22 12:29]

Hi Joe,
Outstanding capture of this little cutey. Your camera work has obtained wonderful plumage details and colors Joe. Thank you for sharing this great image.

Hi Joe,
A lovely and perfect shot of this beutiful fellow on a branch with diagonal composition. Deetails and sharpness are perfect!
TFS and cheers,


A happy Blue Tit displaying its perfectly camouflaged eye in this finely focused and exposed capture Joe, the plumage and colouration details of this close up is superlative indeed!

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-11-22 18:03]

I would be contented to be pictured as well too ;-) nice picture, Joey, great sharpness yet leaving the softness of the feathers... the texture is beautiful.


Hello Joe

An excellent capture of this blue tit.
The POV and close up is terrific.
Wonderful sharp detail and focus.
The pose is well done,the slight angle of the branch makes a nice composition.
Good light and colour.
Lovely catch light in the eye.


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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-11-22 20:53]

Hello Joe,

Your photo with this nice tit looks very good. You have got very good eye contact and the bird is sitting in a fine pose. You have rendered well the colors and many color tones can be seen. Bird's plumage colors blends fine into the background.

Thank you for sharing,

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-11-22 23:12]

hello joe
good capture of this cute bird (Mavi baştankara in Turkish)
i like pose, POV, BG, light, colours and details

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-11-22 23:24]

Hi Joe.
You have pictured a wonderful beauty. Till nowadays I cannot get good picture of the common and very nice birds. Magnification ratio is very impressive and diagonal composition is great. Warm colours are very pleasant for look. Nice use high ISO. My best regards and TFS.

Hi Joe,

you have an great diversity portfolio.
This are another beautiful picture from you.
Beautiful colours and with fine details and dof.


Another beautiful little Blue Tit Joe.
Well composed,but slightly softer this time.
Was this taken from further away or was it moving slightly.
Still plenty of feather detail and a very good shot though....better than any I've taken ;)

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2008-11-23 3:32]

Very nice shot, Joe,
Very good lighting, sharp and detailed image, very nice colours.TFS

Hi Joe,
I think the exposure and color is excellent.
Good work on post-processing the noise @ ISO 800
Great close framing, detail/DOF and POV..
Either version works for me, one is simply warmer color.
Well done!

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-11-23 12:10]

Hello Joe, perfect shot my friend! Nothing to declare :-) Well done it's so beautiful. Thanks!


Hello Joe,
Great capture, beautiful colors and nice light, excelletn composition and pov, very good sharpness and depth of field, good details and wonderful oof background.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-11-30 10:42]

Hi Joe

What an attractive Blue Tit shot. This is perfectly sharp and the DOF is perfect giving a lovely OOF BG. The detail in the feathers are wonderful. Great work



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