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Portrait of the smallest tit

Portrait of the smallest tit
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Copyright: Bengt Falke (falke) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 153 W: 18 N: 479] (1863)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-12-26
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 40 D, Canon EF 300/4 L IS USM
Exposure: f/4, 1/400 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-12-30 8:31
Viewed: 5721
Points: 12
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This is one of the smallest tits in Europe, the Coal tit (Parus ater ), that mostly lives in the big pine forests. They are quite hard to spot as they normally move around in the tree tops. It is a mazing that such a small bird can survive the cold winters here in Sweden.

Here in our garden we feed the birds from the end of october until april or so. Every day we have 4 of these small beauties feeding just a couple of meters from our kitchen window and they are almost domesticated.

As I recently have done some surgery in my shoulder I had to lay down in the snow for this photo, just 2 meters away from the tit. It also makes it a bit hard to type at the moment so this has to be a brief comment.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-12-30 8:43]

Hi Bengt. This is a bird we have many of in the Forest and garden at home. They are very fast and on the move all the time. You have captured a fine close up with good detail and natural colours. well done TFS.

A happy new to you.

I hope you get well again soon.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-12-30 9:32]

Hello Bengt,
Nice close up of our Svartmes, the POV, lighting and details being superb. You must have been very close to achieve this and it looks like the sun was out. Here it has ben dark and grey for over two weeks:-((
TFS and I hope you recover well from your surgery.
All the best for 2009!

Hi Bengt,
Nice portait of this little tit.
Very well done.

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2008-12-30 11:33]

Hello Bengt !
Such a wonderful portrait of this tit ! You managed to capture excellent details on the feathers, nice natural colors, beautiful composition and POV, and I also like the expression on the tit's face, nice light in the eye. Very well done !

Hi Bengt,
Excellent close-up capture of Coal Tit; great POV and composition, fine sharp details.
Have a Happy New Year 2009!

Hej Bengt,
Du har lyckats få en riktig närgången bild av Svarten,
ibland är de mycket närgångna speciellt när man hänger upp ny mat.
Well composed with fine POV and very good sharpness.
I hope for a speedy recovery and good and healthy 2009.

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