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Bearded Tit (Skäggmes)

Bearded Tit  (Skäggmes)
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Copyright: Gert Ellstrom (ellis49) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3434 W: 331 N: 505] (2254)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-11-02
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 40 D, Canon Ef 400mm /F5.6 L USM, Digital RAW 400
Exposure: f/8, 1/320 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Alex99 favorite pics, Anna's Favourites 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-12-14 8:13
Viewed: 5781
Favorites: 4 [view]
Points: 50
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Thanks for your comments of my previous post.

This is from my archive; the picture is taken winter 2008-11-02, this day was magic for me and my photographic buddy.
We had waited for years to get good pictures of these beautiful small birds and that morning they showed up in big numbers and posed nicely in the winter sun very close.
These birds’ lives in close reeds and are often hidden so it’s difficult to get a clean shot but not this day.
The Bearded Tit has short and small wings so they fly through very dense reed beds where other birds have to climb and jump.
This is a normal pose for this bird: sitting on two straws when it eating seeds from the reed.
The biggest difference between the sexes is that the male has black stripes on the cheeks.
I hope you like this beautiful bird.

More info in different language here

Canon 400mm/F5.6 L, tripod, spot metering, ISO 400, Raw-format, av-mode.
Levels, Contrast, Crop, resized to 800 pixels, PP in the new PS CS5.
Well calibrated Eizo monitor, calibrated/profiled with spyder3 elite

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-12-14 8:21]

Splendid photo, great lights and details, TFS!

Hello Gert
super picture with very nice sunlihgt
great sharpness beautiful colours and nice pose
great shot again
greeting lou

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-12-14 8:37]

Hello Gert,
For me this is still a dream. What a beauty! The light is gorgeous and the pose of the bird fantastic. The eye is eye-catching. Splendid warm colours taken from a perfect POV in an excellent composition.

Very well captured Gert. The most beautiful of all the Tit species.
Good colors and the composition works very well. Exposure spot-on with good detail and pin sharp.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-12-14 8:41]

Hej Gert,
This is a beautiful photo!
Apart from the POV, pose, technical excellence and fine lighting I like the way this Skäggmes is framed by the reeds.
This is one of my desired species but it is very hard to get so close to get as good a shot as this. They will suffer a lot in this winter as they did in the last.
Thanks and kind regards,

Hello Gert,
Another perfect capture with a wonderful bird. I've never seen this species before. It is very pretty. The colours, details and light are outstanding. Your lens 400 mm works excellent. Fantastic clarity and sharpness.

Wow friend Gert! What a lovely image under this spectacular light! Bravo! The rich color gamut complimenting perfectly the enormous detail visible in the focus area! Bravo Again! Truly remarkable shot indeed!
George Veltchev

Hallow Gert,
Excellent photo, very nicely composed, sharp, with amazingly warm colours. Well done!
Best wishes,

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-12-14 11:02]

Hello Gert
Amazing details and wonderful colors and composition
Thanks for sharing

Hallo Gert
Thanks for sharing this beautiful capture, highlighted by wonderful natural sunlight. I like the nice soft natural colors, and the inclusion of the natural surrounding. The pose is wonderful. Like always to be expected from you, is this an excellent photograph. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

amazing capture, TFS Ori

Hello Gert,
Beautiful little bird captured in a warm light from perfect POV. Excellent sharp details and lovely colours. Well done!

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2010-12-14 12:42]

Hello Gert,
This bird is so beautiful but I've never seen in nature. yours have very good pose among reeds in vey good light.
Regards, Pawel

Hi Gert,

Your picture gives a perfect feeling of morning sun. Very fine details of the bird.

You have rightly pointed out, sometimes its difficult to get good picture of birds hiding in reeds. I waited for a male red avadavat for more than two hours near reeds, but all in vain.

Thank you for sharing.


Hi Gert,
perfect shot with the warm colours and the position of the bird.
thanks for sharing

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-12-15 2:12]

Hi Gert,this is a fantastic pic,nothing to say about the quality,it's a great pleasure for the eyes!!My greats compliments,have a nice day,Luciano

Hi Gert
Perfect photo with very good composition, wonderful colours and great sharpness.I hope that I will see you in Cyprus
Regards, Christodoulos.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-12-15 6:23]

Very beautiful bird in good pose among the reeds, good balance. tfs.

Drop dead gorgeous bird as they say Gert, this is a wonderful image without a doubt.
Love the light and warm tones, this one is destined for fame :)
Merry Christmas old friend!

Bonjour Gert,
Très bon angle de prise de vue, restituant le sujet dans une très belle et originale attitude ; la bonne lumière et l'excellente profondeur de champ permettent d'apprécier la finesse des détails et la délicatesse des couleurs.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Hallo Gert,
simply fantastic picture, superb sharpness and marvellous warm colour tones, very well done
Best regards

hello Gert

very beautiful photo of this bird,
shot with very fine POV and framing,
superbly focused great sharpness
and details, very beautiful eye-contact,
and with lovely warm light & color tones, TFS


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2011-01-09 8:06]

Hi Gert.
This is simply bewitching picture. Golden colour palette is fantastic and extremely lovely for my eyes. I also cannot imagine more fine scene at whole. Charming bird around rushes is looked amazingly. Lights, sharpness of the bird and nearest rushes, pleasantness of the BG are ultimate. This is a dream for any nature photographer. Thanks a lot and congratulations on such masterpiece.
P.S. I liked work of the lens always. In your hands it makes wonders.

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2011-05-19 9:59]

Hi Gert,

Everything is magic in this shot...


Hi Gert

What a stunning shot of a beautiful bird. I love the pose and the OOF BG. Awesome work my friend.



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