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Miromiro, the tomtit

Miromiro, the 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: 2007-06-03
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon 70-200mm F/2.8L IS + EF 1.4X II Ex, Digital RAW 200, Hoya UV 77mm
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds of New Zealand [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-06-07 5:17
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Returned last night from our annual campervan holiday, 19 days in the South Island. The weather was kind, with the rain only appearing on arrival to the West Coast. This is the first of many photos taken over the holiday. Thanks for looking.

Yellow breasted Tomtit (South Island Male)

Range: Can be found in most forested areas throughout New Zealand including Stewart Island, but absent from large areas of farmland in the Waikato and Canterbury. Also on off shore islands, but not on Tiri Tiri Island.

Description - male bird:

Head, throat and upperparts: Black.
Frontal dot above bill: White.
Wings: Black with a conspicuous white wingbar.
Underparts: Pure white on the North Island bird and white, washed with yellow, on the South Island and Chatham Island birds.
Tail: Black with white edges.

Description - female bird:
Upperparts: Brownish.
Frontal dot above bill: Less conspicuous than on male bird and sometimes absent.
Wingbar: White, but less obvious than on male birds.
Chin and breast: Grey brown.
Underparts: Greyish.

Conspicuous characteristics:
The confiding nature of this bird is engaging. Birds seem to just arrive and they have the habit of peering down with head on one side.
Although usually to be found inside the forest, Tomtits will venture out for short spells from forest verges into cleared areas.
Birds often are seen clinging on to the side of trunks with head down. Birds often seek out people, look, and then fly off.

Call: Song, delivered by the male bird, is a fragile "sweedle sweedle sweedle swee". Male birds in nesting territories can be very vocal.

Nest: A bulky structure of twigs, fern, moss and cobwebs, lined with feathers and tree fern hairs, on a branch fork or a cavity in a bank. Up to 5 cream, yellow speckled eggs are laid.


Camera: Canon 20D
Time of day: 9:46 a.m.
Date: 3rd June 2007
Weather conditions: Clear
Lens: Canon 70-200mm F/2.8L IS USM
Extender: Canon EF 1.4X II
Filter: Hoya 77mm UV
Shutter Speed: 1/250
F-Stop: F/5
Focal Length: 210mm
ISO: 200
External Flash: Canon 580EX Speedlite
Original file type: Digital Raw

Kaszek, Debz, Kathleen, SelenE, Juyona, MMM, spalaxtr, fartash, falke, TAZ, Tamrock, reina, dew77, cecilia, loot, marhowie has marked this note useful
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Hello Pam,
It's cute ;) Very good photo.
Great sharpness, POV and note.

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2007-06-07 5:51]

Hi Pam,

Lovely capture of the cute Tomtit, nicely composed with a great POV and a great sideways pose, nice sharp detail and lovely colours, I love his yellow feet.

TFS Hilary :o)

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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-06-07 6:13]

Hi Pam, this is a beautiful bird, it looks like our Long Tail Tit in shape. You have caught it very well with great catch light on the eye. Lovely POV and DOF is perfect. Nice focus on the feathers, soft but sharp. Lovely composition.

Hi Pam.
Wonderful photo, detail from using the fill flash is lovely. As we know deep bush canopy's can make for some very slow shutter speeds. Here you have captured his colour really well and DOF, perfect.
The white mold on the end of the branch is slightly distracting, it could be toned down in your photoshop so it does not take the attention away from the Tomtit.
Wonderful image

New Zealand

Hi Pam
Great BG: very dark with a partially black bird = dangerous. Perfect sharpness and exposure give here perfect result.
I like it very much

Hi Pam,

This is a great picture from you. I like the moss or fungus on the branch it is sitting on. You made good use of the flash here. Well done.


Good capture Pam of this compact robin
Good sharpness and plumage detail
Well composed, love the yellow feet


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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-06-07 8:12]

Hola Pam,
simpatica captura,
bello pov,
detalles y genial compo...
texturas plunaje y bg, estupendos,

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-06-07 8:17]

Hi Pam,
What a cute and funny model to work with :o) Good use of the flashlight, the bird is seperated from the dark background in a nice way. I liked the POV, composition and the color tones. TFS

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-06-07 8:21]

Hi Pam,
this little bird looks lovely, Nice lighting and wonderful diagonal composition showing off this cutie very well.

Wonderful shot of this cute little fellow Pam.
Sharpness and exposure are excellent while details in the feathers and catchlight in the eye are wonderful.
Very well done. Thanks for sharing.
Kind regards, Harry

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-06-07 8:49]

Hi Pam
Excellent capture.Very sharp image ,i like the catchlight in the eye and all the details we see in the feather.

Hi Pam
Excellent shot of this little miromiro :)
This little guy is really beautiful.

Hi Pam,
Very interesting bird. Its head looks like bigger than the body, but very lovely. Sharpness, POV, details and BG vey good. TFS. Mustafa

Hello Pam
Fantastic shot of this cute bird,
Great focusing ,composition and lighting,
Perfect using of flash and POV,Superb shot,friend


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  • falke Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 153 W: 18 N: 479] (1863)
  • [2007-06-07 11:39]

Fantastic photo! You have managed so well to capture this little creature! I am full of admiration as this is a very difficult photo with the dark BG. You have exposed perfectly so that we can see all the details. Congratulations!


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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2007-06-07 13:23]

Hello Pam,
Nice to see you again, 19 days with the camera in holiday, we are impatient. The bird is so cute, sharpness and exposure are good on him. To nibble, perhaps because I am jalous ;-) I think that the blurred background is a bit dark and close to the black feathers...
Congratulations my friend and TFS,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-06-07 14:20]

Hello Pam,
Great photo of this Tomtit. The fill flash does his work very good. The photo is very sharp with great details. DOF, POV and composition are perfect.

hi pam!
what a little beauty!
perfect exposure with very
good sharpness and fine

Hellou Pam.
Very pretty shot. Good DOV, gret composition. well done. tfs. Stev

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  • reina Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 257 W: 1 N: 330] (2032)
  • [2007-06-08 12:59]

Hi Pam, too funny this one, totally out of proportions. Always difficult to get black birds nice on the pic, but you did a great job.
Thanks for your clear note as well.
Regards Reina

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-06-08 13:53]

Hello Pam,
Very nice capture of this beautiful bird.POV,details on feathers,BG and framing are excellent.Have a great weekend!

Hi Pam,
Great to see you back from your trip, I trust you had an excellent one. This is a really cute shot of this precious little bird. The head is almost as big as the body, it's as cute as a button. :)

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2007-06-09 17:43]
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Hi Pam

About time...(chuckle), welcome back. I hope you had a great time and by the look of this first post we are in for a real treat. This is such a cute, endearing little bird.

I love the composition, POV, and cropping. The colours and contrasts are great. The details are pin sharp and the exposure was well handled.

This posting actually made me adjust my monitor a little brighter. At first I thought that the dark BG was a bit too dark as the top (black) parts of the bird disappeared in the BG, but then I realised that some gremlin adjusted my monitor settings and now everything looks just a tad more illuminated.

Well done and TFS.

Wow! I never seen anything like it before, and very cute indeed.
Well done on the detail and colour Pam.

Hi Pam,
Good to see you're back, I'm sure you've got some great stuff in your bag to show us :)
And this little cutie is excellent. I like the exposure and use of flash here to bring out all that great detail in it's black plumage. Very good POV and PP. Surprising how well it stands out on this dark BG.

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  • Etka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 95 W: 0 N: 59] (514)
  • [2007-07-04 6:33]

Przepiekny ptak. Piekne ujecie. Rewelacyjnie go uchwyciles.


great bird, TFS Ori

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