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Tree Surfing

Tree Surfing
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Copyright: Grzegorz Wieczorek (red45) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-01-23
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 400D, Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 APO DG Macro
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-01-25 9:39
Viewed: 3252
Points: 36
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Typical scene from winter days - Nuthatch surfing upside down on tree trunk.

From Wiki:

The Eurasian Nuthatch, Sitta europaea, is a small passerine found throughout temperate Europe and Asia, although not in Ireland. It belongs to the nuthatch family Sittidae.

This bird is the most common and most widespread nuthatch, and is often referred to just as the Nuthatch.

It is a resident bird of deciduous woods and parkland, with some old trees for nesting. It feeds on insects, seeds and nuts. Its old name “nut-hack” derives from its habit of wedging a nut in a crevice in a tree, and then hacking at it with its strong bill.

It has the ability, like other nuthatches, to climb down trees, unlike species such as woodpeckers which can only go upwards. It will come to bird feeding tables, and is then very aggressive, driving other species away.

The Eurasian Nuthatch is 14 cm long and has the typical nuthatch big head, short tail and powerful bill and feet. It is blue-grey above, with a black eyestripe. Asian and north European birds (S. e. asiatica and S. e. europaea respectively) are white below except for chestnut in the vent area. The western European S. e. caesia has generally reddish underparts. Young birds are "washed out" versions of the adults.

Nests are in holes or crevices, lined with bark or grass. The size of the hole’s entrance may be reduced by the building of a neat mud wall. Five to eight eggs are laid, white speckled with red.

This is a noisy bird, often located by its repeated tui-tui-tui call.

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Witaj Grzegorz.
Very nice image and title of it.
This bird look pretty.Beautiful picture.
Best greetings.Alin.

Hello Grzegorz ,
What a interesting position to this lovely little bird!
Wonderful details,colors and light!

Excellent capture Grzegorz,
Typical attitude of the Nuthatch. Fine colors and details. Well done! Cheers,

hello Grzegorz
great sharpness picture ,good details and nice pose of this beautiful colored bird
greeting lou

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2010-01-25 11:08]

Hi Greg. A fine picture of the Nuthatch in its typical pose coming down the tree head first. Taken with fine detail in the feathers and natural colours. I like the catch light in the eye. Well taken TFS.

Hello Grzegorz
very nice capture of beautiful Nuthatch in typical position. shiny eyes contact very nice. focus, colors, exposure and POV/DOF very nice as like vertical composition. Thanks for sharing, best wishes

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-01-25 12:30]

Hallo Grzegorz,
Teraz jak tak zimno jest pozwalaja nam te ptaszki blizej podejsc dlatego zdjecia od nich w zimowej porze wydaje mi sie ze so lepsze.
Ciekawy ptaszek w ciekawej chociarz dla niego w normalnej porycji,Bardzo dobra ostrosc,kontrast i kolory.Pozdrawiam Siggi

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2010-01-25 12:37]

Hello Grzegorz,
Ten wspaniały połów. Makro kilka wysokiej klasy i najlepsze kolory, gratulacje.
Piękny wieczór

Hello Grzegorz friend!
This bird seems to get out of the picture! great 3D effect, very good focus, contrast difficult to achieve, but very well managed. The vertical cut was the ideal, well decided! TFS & Regards,

PS: "Tree surfing"... heavens! what a tittle! properly! good idea! :-)


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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2010-01-25 23:38]

Hi Greg,
Very beautiful capture of this Nuthatch.I liked pose of bird,eye contact and composition a lot.Have a nice day!
Thanks for posting..

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-01-25 23:44]

Hello reg,
A very nice capture of a Nuthatch, a bird I haven't seen here for ages. I like its pose here and the beautiful light and colours. Great focus too and well composed.
TFS and regards, Ulla

Haha, Greg, your title is wonderful here - the pose is realy like those of a surfer.
I never saw a whitebreasted nuthatch here in my area, even there's now orange one this year in my garden, don't know why. Also the bullfinches are missing that winter, so sad.
Thanks for your beauty, greeting from Germany, it is snowing outside right now.
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2010-01-26 0:41]

Mily zimowy towarzysz obecnie czesty gosc przy karmnikach. Pieknie pozuje do fotografii, kora sosny jest naturalnym i doskonalym tlem.
Pozdrawiam, Pawel

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2010-01-26 1:57]

Hi Greg and nice to see you back here after quite a break :)

I hope you're doing well and that your family is ok, too.
I see your photography is getting better, as well. These longer telephoto photos are very neat and sharp and look really great on my screen :)
Excellent capture of this cute little nuthatch! The details are impeccable and the light on the little thing is just gorgeous! I also like the accuracy of your focus - right on the head of the bird. Very well done, mate!

Bravo and TFS

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-01-26 5:03]

Hello Greg,
Fantastic photo of this Nuthatch in a surprising pose looking straight into the camera. Excellent sharpness and details, POV, DOF and composition. Very beautiful light and colours.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-01-26 9:18]

Hello Greg,
A fine shot of a Eurasian Nuthatch on a pine trunk. The pose is typical and your POV is great showing the features in excellent lighting (cold sunshine:)) to make a nice portrait of this bird.
We had -14 Celcius this morning but it was sunny: too cold for photography!
Thanks and kind regards,

Hello Grzegorz,
a superb portrait of the Eurasian Nuthatch taken from an excellent frontal POV in a classic lovely pose, very good sharpness and fantastic bright colours, i like the close composition.
Best regards

Hi Grzegorz,
Very nice shot of this little Nuthatch.
I like a lot the pose you've got, like taking the bird by surprise while moving actively.
It's very good the light, proper focus and sharp details got around the head. and that catchlight.
Great shot and thanks for it,

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