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Blue tit


Blue tit
Información de la foto
Copyright: Paul van Slooten (pvs) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1138 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
Género: Animals
Medio: Color
Tomada el: 2006-03-07
Categorías: Birds
Exposición: f/7.1, 1/125 segundos
More Photo Info: [view]
Versión de la foto: Versión original
Tema(s): Blue Tits [view contributor(s)]
Fecha enviada: 2006-03-08 4:20
Vista: 3593
Puntos: 11
[Normas para las notas] Notas del fotógrafo
Made this picture yesterday in our garden,hoping that the spring is coming fast as it is still minus a lot overhere.

Blue Tit

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

The Blue Tit Parus caeruleus (syn. Cyanistes caeruleus), is a 10.5 to 12 cm long passerine bird in the tit family Paridae. It is a widespread and common resident breeder throughout temperate and subarctic Europe and western Asia in deciduous or mixed woodlands. It is a resident bird, i.e., most birds do not migrate.

The azure blue crown and dark blue line passing through the eye and encircling the white cheeks to the chin, give the Blue Tit a very distinctive appearance. The forehead, eyestreak, and a bar on the wing are also white. The nape, wings and tail are blue; the back is yellowish green; the under parts mostly sulphur-yellow with a dark line down the abdomen. The bill is black, the legs bluish grey, and the irides dark brown. The young are much yellower than the old birds.

This is a common and popular European garden bird, due to its perky acrobatic performances when feeding on nuts or suet. It swings beneath the holder, calling tee, tee, tee or a scolding churr.

The song period lasts almost all the year round, but is most often heard during February to June.

It will nest in any suitable hole in a tree, wall, or stump, or an artificial nest box, often competing with House Sparrows or Great Tits for the site. Few birds more readily accept the shelter of a nesting box; the same hole is returned to year after year, and when one pair dies another takes possession.

The bird is a close sitter, hissing and biting at an intruding finger. When protecting its eggs it raises its crest, but this is a sign of excitement rather than anger, for it is also elevated during nuptial display. The nesting material is usually moss, wool, hair and feathers, and the eggs are laid in April or May. The number in the clutch is often very large, but seven or eight are normal, and bigger clutches are usually laid by two or even more hens.

Blue and Great Tits form mixed winter flocks, and the former are perhaps the better gymnasts in the slender twigs. A Blue Tit will often ascend a trunk in short jerky hops, imitating a Treecreeper. As a rule the bird roosts in ivy or evergreens, but in hard weather will shelter in a hole.

The Blue Tit is a valuable destroyer of pests, though it has not an entirely clean sheet as a beneficial species. It is fond of young buds of various trees, and may pull them to bits in the hope of finding insects. No species, however, destroys more coccids and aphids, the worst foes of many plants. It takes leaf miner grubs and green tortrix moths. Seeds are eaten, as with all this family.

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  • maxyne (50)
  • [2006-03-08 14:22]

comme il est mignon on dirait qu'il est frigorifier. j'adore !!!

Feels cold indeed. He is fluffing his feathers nicely! Great capture!
Gen

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  • PerR Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 21 W: 2 N: 16] (99)
  • [2006-03-08 15:21]

Hej Paul.
Great picture of this colourful bird. I like the light coming from behind/side. Well done.
Regards
Per

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-03-11 3:23]

Hi Paul,
This must be the more Swedish birds: it's like your flag.
Great colours and beautiful bird
José Miguel

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  • thor68 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 795 W: 138 N: 1319] (5674)
  • [2006-03-24 13:06]

hi paul,
i see you like Blue Tits, too! :-)
such a cute, fluffy featherball,
wonderful close-up with great details
and sharpness.
well seen & captured,thor.

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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-03-31 10:31]

Hi Paul, I really love this photo of the Blue Tit. So many on TN. This one is brilliant against the strong light.! You have a perfect exposure in these conditions, this little tit is in prime condition and you have caught everything that is lovely about him. Nice fluffy feathers and perfect sharp details against such hard light. It is a postcard/calendar shot of this lovely bird. you have shown us how beautiful this little bird is.
tfs
debz

ps I do envy your northern light.

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