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Yellow Breasted Male Tomtit

Yellow Breasted Male Tomtit
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Copyright: Pam Russell (coasties) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3749 W: 483 N: 8155] (28054)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07-26
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF 100-400mm L IS USM, Digital RAW 100, Hoya UV 77mm
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Winter Holiday Campervan Trip 2006
Date Submitted: 2006-08-07 1:53
Viewed: 4204
Points: 46
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Tomtit (North Island Tomtit Maori Name: Miromiro) (South Island Tomtit Maori Name: Ngiru-ngiru)


Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Eopsaltriidae
Genera: Petroica
Species: macrocephala
Sub Species: toitoi, macrocephala, chathamensis, dannefaerdi, marrineri

Petroicidae Most species have a stocky build with a large, rounded head, a short, straight bill, and rounded wingtips. They occupy a wide range of wooded habitats, from subalpine to tropical rainforest, and mangrove swamps to semi-arid scrubland. All are primarily insectivorous, although a few supplement their diet with seeds. Hunting is mostly by perch and pounce, a favoured tactic being to cling sideways onto a treetrunk and scan the ground below without moving.

Social organisation is usually centered on long term pair-bonds and small family groups. Some genera practice cooperative breeding, with all family members helping defend a territory and feed nestlings.

Nests are cup-shaped, usually constructed by the female, and often placed in a vertical fork of a tree or shrub; many species are expert at adding moss, bark or lichen to the outside of the nest as camouflague, making it very difficult to spot (even when it is in a seemingly prominent location).

The relationship of the Petroicidae to other bird families is uncertain. They are clearly part of a particularly old lineage. Sibley and Alquist's DNA-DNA hybridisation studies suggested that they were most closely allied with the superfamily Corvoidea (a huge group that includes the shrikes, crows and jays, butcherbirds, woodswallows, drongos, cuckoo-shrike, fantails, monarch flycatchers and many others).

More recent protein allozyme studies, on the other hand, suggest that they be placed with the Meliphagoidea—the superfamily that includes the honeyeaters, Australian wrens, Pardalotes, and thornbills and itself derives from the great Australasian corvid radiation.

Although the details remain uncertain, the overall picture is clear: despite the striking similarity between the robins of Australasia and the true robins of Europe, their genetic relationship is quite distant, and the Petroicidae are more closely related to the crows and jays than to the group of northern hemisphere birds which resemble them in appearance, diet, habits, and even coloration.

The above obtained from http://www.answers.com/topic/petroicidae


Camera: Canon 20D
Time of day: 1:40p.m.
Date: 26th July 2006
Weather conditions: Clear
Lens: Canon 100-400mm L IS
Filter: Hoya 77mm UV
Shutter Speed: 1/30
F-Stop: F/5.6
Focal Length: 400mm
ISO: 100
Support: Hand Held
Original file type: Digital Raw

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-08-07 3:39]

What a cute little bird!!!
Another splendid shot, Pam!
Fantastic result with a handheld 1/30. My hat's off to you.

Lovely colors, very nice sharp details, beautiful light and exposure, perfectly framed and composed.

A big Bravo and TFS

Hello Pam.

Lovely pose and a very useful note.I'm glad to know such a cute bird which I've never seen before.TFS.

I am alway impressed by you bird photos and wounder how much time you spend stalking them. Nice sharp focus and good colours. I like the unclattered back ground.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-08-07 4:22]

Hi Pam

Amazing! The clarity and DOF is wonderful.The colours are outstanding.TFS


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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-08-07 5:55]

Oh Pam, he is a beauty, isn't he? So sharp and clear, perfect clarity. He looks so good standing there on the tree like this. Well done,

Bonjour Pam
! Qu'il est mignon ce petit oiseau ! Excellents détails, beles couleurs naturelles et très jolie composition. L'arrière-plan bleu du ciel met bien l'oiseau en valeur. Joli travail !
Merci et au revoir...JP

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2006-08-07 6:20]

Sharp details and perfect pose, POV and composition Pam. I think I can see a slight halo around the head of the bird, but I often get halo's too if the sky is that blue without sharpening at all. This is a very good picture. Lovely colors aswell. Well done & TFS!


Hello Pam!
Outstanding image of this beautiful little birdie. There's a tiny white spot in the middle of its eye, isn't it the reflection of your lens? Excellent background and framing. Very good exposure allows to see details of black feathers without overblowing the highlights. Congratulations,

Hello Pam, excllent colors, Bg, POV DOF perfect details, very crisp, excllent work, TFS Kyle

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2006-08-07 8:08]

Bonjour Pam, very nice shot. This littel bird is too cute!! Great composition and colors well satureted. I like the reflects on the eye and the pose of the bird, well done, Didier.

Another great capture Pam! I love this cute little bird! Beautiful pose, great details, nice DOF and colors. Thanks for sharing!

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  • viv Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 292 W: 3 N: 653] (3317)
  • [2006-08-07 8:40]

Hello Pam,
Whow !!! Great capture, it is a very cute bird.
And taken handheld, compliments. colourfull and sharp.

Nice shot Pam,
Great clarity, sharpness, and detail. Exposed well with excellent framing & POV. I like the grey/blue of the BG as well. Excellent hand-held work!

Hi Pam,

Nice shot in the shade. A beautiful little bird. Technically the picture is 5/5. Well done.


1/30sec are you lucky?:-)

Great capture. It is a feast to look..
TFS..no.. congrats..that is better!

Hi Pam,
Amazing photo,
Excellent composition, colors and details.
Well done and good job!
TFS Malgosia

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-08-07 15:13]

Pequeño, delicado, adorable... una sencilla y eficiente presentación con suaves tonos y adecuado recorte.
Saludos... Ricardo

Small, delicate, adorable... a simple and efficient presentation with soft tones and appropriate cutting.
Greetings... Ricardo

This is lovely Pam,
The details are nice, clear and sharp.
Good colours, lighting and exposure are absolutely perfect. DOF is spot on and the POV is good.
Well composed and excellent notes. Do I see the reflection of a face or the reflection of a Pam in his eye?
Thanks for posting, have a great week.

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-08-07 21:01]

Superbe capture Pam,l'oiseau est très mignon et la netteté est bonne.

Hi Pam,
Excellent shot on this cute little bird, great composition, good details and nice colours.
Thanks for sharing!

Fantastic Pam! The POV is the perfect perspective on this really nice exposed shot of another cuty bird. :)

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  • tinman Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 242 W: 7 N: 458] (2663)
  • [2006-08-10 13:41]

Beautiful composition and detail, welldone

Wow, what a beauty; a new species for my eyes. Didn't know this one existed.

Stunning capture, perfect sharpness and exposure.

No nits, perfect work Pam.

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