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Great tit

Great tit
Photo Information
Copyright: Ralf Lukovic (ralfsworld) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 492 W: 93 N: 1903] (6560)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-09-18
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 20D, Canon 100-400L 4.5-5.6 IS USM
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-08-13 12:38
Viewed: 7575
Favorites: 5 [view]
Points: 64
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Captured last year in Stoclholms area / Sweden in the late afternoon. 400mm, handheld, flash.

The Great Tit, Parus major, is a passerine bird in the tit family Paridae. It is a widespread and common species throughout Europe and Asia in any sort of woodland. It is resident, and most birds do not migrate.

It is an easy tit to recognise, large in size at 14 cm, with a broad black line (broader in the male) down its otherwise yellow front. The neck and head are black with white cheeks and ear coverts. Upperparts are olive. It has a white wingbar and outer tail feathers. In young birds the black is replaced by brown, and the white by yellow.

Any hole will do for a nest, and it will readily take to nest boxes. The number in the clutch is often very large, but seven or eight white eggs, spotted red, are normal, with bigger clutches being laid by two or even more hens. The bird is a close sitter, hissing when disturbed.

Like other tits, its food is insects, especially caterpillars when feeding young, and seeds. In England, Great Tits learned to break open the foil caps sealing bottles of milk that had been delivered to homes to get at the cream floating on top. This is a common and popular European garden bird, due to its acrobatic performances when feeding on nuts or seed. It will join winter tit flocks with other species.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2006-08-13 12:46]

The lighting here is fantastic and everything is in focus against a gentle background. A really super shot!
TFS, Ulla

wonderful capture and excellent colors,detail and composition.

Hi Ralf,

A real beauty showing nature at it's glorious best. The colours are very nicely saturated, the detail superb, composition is excellent, lighting sublime and the background well chosen.



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  • mbasil Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 148 N: 745] (3320)
  • [2006-08-13 13:06]

Great capture. I like the detail on the bird. Great light and detail. The surrounding slower is a great bonus, and makes for a wonderful two-fer composition.

Hello Ralf, you post a great photo.
greetins Jan-arie

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2006-08-13 13:15]
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Amazing shot. Wonderful lighting, colours and details. I love the composition. The pose of the bird echos the shape of the flower. Nice BG as well.

  • Great 
  • Rolf Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 58 W: 0 N: 27] (196)
  • [2006-08-13 13:16]

Excellent shot with great details

Hi Ralf,

A very nice shot indeed. Good POV and DOF. Lighting is superb as well. Congrats.



Amazing photo!!!

  • Great 
  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2006-08-13 13:19]

Hello Ralf , A great shot from the bird , fantastic light and colours pose pov dof details and framing ,very good ,tfs ,Greetings Teunie .

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-08-13 13:33]

What a wonderful shot, Ralf.
I love the parallelism of the bent head in both the bird and the sunflower. Great composition.
Details are sharp, and the colors are well saturated (almost a tad too much).
TFS. : )

Hej Ralf,
this is a beautiful picture with lovely colours and light.
The compostion is very good.
Excellent work.

Hi Ralf
The picture is fantastic. The model is beautiful. Good POV and perfect colours.
Thank you for sharing.

bye Aga

I think the colors especially do it for me on this really nice capture, the details are great too. Well done Ralf. :)

Great shot Ralf...beautiful colours,sharpness,good details and POV...well done,
Best regards

Hi Ralf,
What a great composition with good colors and contrast! This is really well done! This bird is beautiful and you catch him in a great timing. Exceptional picture! TFS,

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2006-08-13 16:11]

Hi Ralf,

I've never seen this bird on a big flower like this. Wonderful composition!
My compliments.


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  • tjasa Gold Star Critiquer [C: 100 W: 0 N: 84] (602)
  • [2006-08-13 17:22]

Waaaw, beautiful catch Ralf! I like your bird sitting on sunflower, sunflowers are my favorite flowers :D Also excellent collours, sharpnes and POV!
Well done and TFS!

Very beautiful photo, Ralf!A splendid composition and very good colours. A masters painting!
Best regards

Hi Ralf

A beautiful shot. Congrats!

what a capture and what light - in fact justa great shot with excellent composition and DOF...


Sorry OOP for today :-) tomorrow

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-08-14 8:34]

Una hermosa composición con un colorido y sus contrastes realmente maravillosos.
Aquí no sólo el ave es protagonista de la escena, también la flor con esa belleza tan particular, así como el aprovechamiento de la luz del entorno.
Excelente POV, DOF y post procesado.
Gracias y saludos... Ricardo

A beautiful composition with a coloring and their contrasts really wonderful.
Here not only the bird is main protagonist of the scene, also the flower with that so particular beauty, as well as the one use of the light of the environment.
Excellent POV, DOF and post processed.
Thank you and greetings... Ricardo

Excellent detail and a very pleasing composition.
Vivid color.

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  • falke Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 153 W: 18 N: 479] (1863)
  • [2006-08-15 6:35]

This is almost like a painting! I like that you photograph such a common bird, too many will just focus on the rare one.

However I think you maybe have saturated the colors a bit too much, the Tits were we live are not as colorful as this one. Or is it maybe the evening sun or something?

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-08-15 20:10]

Bonjour Ralf!

Bravo pour cette belle composition. Les couleurs et l'exposition sont parfaits.


This is such a nice shot Ralf.
The lighting is just great, soft yet vivid. I love the colours and the way the Tit is just going about his normal daily routine. Focus is excellent.
Your photo should be in a Bird Magazine.
TFS Janice

great shot!

A wonderful colorful composition with superb light and BG.

Wonderful, interesting picture! Fantastic colours, very good composition. Simply beautiful!
Regards, Agata

Another amazing picture here. Colours, sharpness, composition, everything is there. Congratulations for this excellent shot!


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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2007-10-16 7:02]

What a great action!Excellent DOF!

Hi Ralf,
Very well captured. Excellent.
Good detail, colours and sharpness.
Composition and exposure are good. Good POV, timing and framing.
Cheers from Hong Kong.

The lighting here is fantastic and everything is in focus against a gentle background.

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  • livius Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 300 W: 0 N: 391] (1525)
  • [2008-09-25 10:36]

Hi Ralf
it seems nearly that it wants to imitate the sunflower. Very nice colors and details.
Great work

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