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Great Tit

Great Tit
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Copyright: Ulla Kruys (uleko) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-12-22
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Powershot SX10 IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-12-22 10:12
Viewed: 3427
Points: 64
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Great Tit - Parus major

Great Tits are regular visitors to our garden and tend to occupy the nest boxes in the pine forest surrounding us. They’re woodland birds that have adapted to man-made habitats like parks and gardens and are easily attracted to the bird table. They tend to stick together in flocks with other small birds that roam around for food.

As we have lots of snow here and temperatures dropped to -23 centigrades this morning, the birds appeared rather late to queue up at the feeding table. They have their definite meal times; breakfast, lunch and today they turned up before dark (4 pm here!!) for their supper and were frantically feeding before returning to their hiding places for the night. Perhaps they huddle together in a nest box or spend the night in our Thuja hedge. Somehow they seem to survive the cold as long as it isn’t too severe for too long.

Many small birds tend to migrate from the north to the south of Sweden in winter time as the climate usually is much milder here. But now that we have the coldest winter for 150 years one wonders how they’ll all survive.

It is a widespread and common species throughout Europe, the Middle East, Central and Northern Asia, and parts of North Africa in any sort of woodland.

This was captured through the window with the camera handheld. It has been cropped and sharpened.

Merry Christmas to all on TN who celebrate this occasion!

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Hi Ulla.
Beautiful photo with good composition and wonderful colours.
My best wishes, Christodoulos.

Hi Ulla almost my neighbour today,
first of all - Merry Christmas to You and Your family!
Great sharpness of Your photo. I like this yellow colour on the bird and blue backgroud. The snow on the left is also inspiring.
Thanks for sharing, very good and nice job,

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-12-22 10:23]

Hi Ulla,
Splendid photo of this Bird, and thank You for Your weshes, I wesh You and your Family a Mery Christman!

hello Ulla
nice pose with good details and beautiful colours
the Sunlight make this picture difficuld fot you
but a nice compo it is
greeting lou

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-12-22 10:41]

Hello Ulla,
This could be a photo from my garden. Between a lot of snow the tits are searching for food. Great photo in beautiful colours and excellent sharpness. Very pleasing composition. The DOF with this BG is gorgeous.

Well, I need to commend you for this shot dear Ulla! The image is not amongst the sharpest or the most detailed, but somehow its gorgeous simplicity is very appealing to me at least. After all the image was taken with a compact camera! Great point of view and lovely depth of field.The little Great Tit is well isolated from the background. Fine natural colors and impeccable composition! Thanks for sharing and thanks for the warm Christmas wishes!
George Veltchev

Hallo Ulla,
a very good capture of the Great Tit, one of my favourite subject, superb sharpness and very beautiful natura colours, a marvellous winter scene
Merry Christmas to you and your family
Ciao Maurizio

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-12-22 11:15]

Hello Ulla.
What a beautiful Winter scene, lovely POV, pose and a great composition, the details are nice and sharp and the colours are just beautuful and are a lovely contrast to the Snowy BG.Merry Christmas to you and your family!Best regards Siggi

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-12-22 12:06]

Hi Ulla,it's a very fresh pic from today! And how i like this winter scenary and the perfect DOF on the tit,great sharpness,colors and white balance.Thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano

Hello Ulla
a fine capture of a Great Tit, lovely composed image with good light and colors, wonderful point of viewand great DOF against the blured Bg who highlight well the the yellow plumage
Merry Christmas to you too !

Ciao Ulla.
Molto bella questa foto di Cinciallegra con colori belli,superba la composizione ottima la nitidezza. Molto Brava.
Ti auguro buone feste ciao Marco,

Hello Ulla,
A very attractive photo, beautifully composed with very beautiful colours and good sharpness. Season’s greetings and a happy new year

hello Ulla

beautiful photo of the Great Tit with fine POV
and a excellent framing with leaving that very
good free space in front, beautiful light,
excellent focus sharpness and details,
beautiful catch-light, TFS

also for you and for Ivan
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2011


Hello Ulla.
The image is beautiful and I have a tranquil feeling looking at the pleasing colors in the frame.
Merry Christmas and best wishes to you and your family.
Greetings and ind regards - Jusni

Merry Christmas to you and Ivan, Ulla!
The Great Tit must have been perched close outside the window to give you such a vivid and large image of this otherwise small bird. Other than that possibility, you handle your little gizmo with tremendous dexterity. When I went for an SX120 recently, I was thinking mainly of the great work you do with it. However, I'm all thumbs with it yet and have done nothing better than shooting my school kids rehearsing for their annual cultural show and that too in auto mode!
There is a typical winter ambience to this picture and that does not include merely the blob of snow on the branch of the tree. It is a very pleasing composition, indeed.
Thanks and regards.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2010-12-23 1:36]

Hi Ulla.
My hearty wishes to you and Ivan in 2011. Let new Year will be so wonderful as your pictures and this one too. Subject is simply bewitching. Branch pattern. Beautifulness of the bird, impressiveness of colours and blurriness of the BG are superb. Bravo. Great job. I also want to get such great pictures and will do all I can for it.
Have a nice Holiday Season.

Hello Ulla,

an nice winter picture from this little Tit in natural environment. Good frontal pov and sharpness.
I like the eye contact and plumage from the little tit.
Fine colors.


Hello Ulla,
Nice composition of this friendly Great Tit. Beautiful colours and I like the little snow on the tree. -23C! It must be so difficult to go outside with such temperatures... I will remember it when I feel cold with our -3C... Have a nice Christmas with your family,

Hello Ulla,
It seems that despite of minus 23°C you have some sunshine !
A well composed photo, with excellent focus and clarity
My best wishes for a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family

Hello Ulla,
Again a show of yours superb skill whith your bridge camera!... Like DSLR My dear friend!... Also a very eye catching composition!... I send you a great hug and I wish for tou and your family a Merry Christmas! Also thank by the support during this year!
Regards, TFS

Hi Ulla,
Excellent photo of this bird, great sharpness and beautiful colors, TFS!

Hej Ulla,
så det är lika kallt i Skåne som här uppe och lika mycket snö av vad jag har hört. Tiden går alldeles för sakta innan vi far. :-)
Very nice picture of talgoxen with an outstanding composition with lots of space in front the bird.
Well exposed with fine natural colors.

God Jul och Gott Nytt År.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2010-12-23 15:58]

Hola Sra. Ulla.
Muy bella la foto de hoy y que nos regala en esta postal. Los colores suaves y bien definidos gracias a la calidad y nitidez de la foto.
Feliz Navidad y prospero año nuevo Sra. Ulla.

Hi Ulla

I cannot imagine how cold -23 is, I've been in -10 and that was pretty cold; I will stay here where it is temperate :)
I hope the birds survive, some will I'm sure.
Nice composition with teh snow and OOF background.

Hope you and Ivan have a wonderful Christmas and Happy New Year


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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-12-24 0:55]

Hello Ulla,
very beautiful little bird with nice colors that could be seen so well. The bluish view on the background makes it so lively . the curving branch is also graphical , adding natural beauty to the composition.


Ciao Ulla, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family, lovely composition with splendid bird in nice pose, fine details, beautiful natural colors and excellent sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Un abrazo Ulla y buenas fiestas Navideñas para tí también,
a ser posible rodeada de todos tus seres queridos.
Un abrazo: Josep Ignasi.

The snow adds much to the shot and the play with lighting helps as well. It is a fine lesson which comes from a good nature teacher. Peace and Prosperity to you.

hello Ulla
very lovely Great tit on snowy BG. you nicely captured it. POV, focus, and colors very nice. he looks a bit cold. I think everywhere under snow. we still wait winter, unusually. Tack.
I wish a Happy New Year to you and your family. Gott Nytt År.
all the best

Ciao Ulla. Intrigant playing of light and best compo.


Greeting Ulla, I love your photo here. You've got excellent detail and color. Snow sure can bring the birds out. The background is very interesting with the white and black and it blends with the bird here very well.

I struggle with bird photograhy. I have my feeders out, but have yet to get any good shots this season.

Best regards,

Hello Ulla,

A lovely capture of this familiar fellow!
And the temperature shows in the way he blows the feathers, making him look like a black and yellow tennis ball...
Very good details in the plumage, your windows must be very clean..!

Pablo -

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