E.J.Wilkins

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Long-tailed Tit


This little Long-tailed Tit Aegithalos caudatus was visiting our bird table last spring. The picture was taken through a window.

There's more information about the bird - here -, on the RSPB website.

Those of you in the UK Might be interested to know that this years Great Garden Bird Watch is on 26-27 January 2008
It only takes an hour of your time, can be done at home or in a local park and can be fun too especially as you might spot birds you've never noticed before. The results are quite important, they are used to monitor populations of bird species.
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Long-tailed Tit


This little Long-tailed Tit Aegithalos caudatus was visiting our bird table last spring. The picture was taken through a window.

There's more information about the bird - here -, on the RSPB website.

Those of you in the UK Might be interested to know that this years Great Garden Bird Watch is on 26-27 January 2008
It only takes an hour of your time, can be done at home or in a local park and can be fun too especially as you might spot birds you've never noticed before. The results are quite important, they are used to monitor populations of bird species.
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comments (36)

  • johnnyg
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 8 Jan 2008, 00:36
Yep I'm all raring to go for that. Looks like we both posted Tits today. oops, not being rude here peeps honest.

J

Lovely shot El, I have a ChiffChaff in my garden that I just can not get a picture of, ggrrrr !!!!
EJWilkins: Be patient, you'll catch the blighter wink Try putting some mealworms on your bird table - dried ones are good and cheaper than fresh.
As for the tits! Tsk! We're a right pair, aren't we?
This is a beautiful shot. I understand how small these type of birds are, a real challenge to get a decent sized shot that fills the frame.
EJWilkins: Believe me, there were plenty of duds and only a few keepers wink
These birds never keep still when you try photographing them. Well done Ellie
EJWilkins: They don't stay still for long, you're right. If I remember rightly, this one was waiting in a queue for the feeder so was still for a moment longer than usual. Luck, of course. smile
  • Mary MacADNski
  • escaped the cabin for a day - fever abated
  • 8 Jan 2008, 01:09
A gorgeous shot with a perfect background to bring out the best in the bird.
EJWilkins: Thank you for the compliment Mary smile
  • Ginnie
  • United States
  • 8 Jan 2008, 01:24
LOL at Johnny. smile

And through a window, Ellie. Bravo to you!
EJWilkins: Yes, well, we're a right pair aren't we? wink

Through a single glazed window there isn't much of a problem if it's grubby because the camera focuses beyond the glass. I wouldn't have got this picture had I been outside, the bird wouldn't have come near the bird table.
What an interesting-looking bird--I don't think we have those in North Carolina. I like the muted colors, too.
EJWilkins: I doubt if you do Larry, but you do get hummingbirds - my sister's told me all about them smile
  • iain
  • Toronto
  • 8 Jan 2008, 03:12
Ellie this is my favourite photo of the day on shutterchance smile

What lens did you take this with? Did you get a 50-200? If not and it's just the 'standard grade' tele then it proves how nice Oly's economy lenses are! I'm very curious.
EJWilkins: It's one of the kit lenses Iain, the 40-150. I haven't yet been able to afford another, am waiting to get the 70 - 300, which'll give a 140-600 equivalent @ 35mm, then I'll save up for a teleconverter. Aargh, who'd have thought this photography lark would be so expensive?
Thank you too for the lovely compliment about this picture smile
  • Kathryn
  • United States
  • 8 Jan 2008, 03:22
What a fantastic shot of a sweet little bird, Ellie.
EJWilkins: They're gorgeous little birds, always go around in noisy gangs. wink
  • Jewlya
  • United States
  • 8 Jan 2008, 03:22
What a cutie! All these Tit photos! I think I like this one best, because he looks like you could just pick him up in your hand and cuddle the little guy!
EJWilkins: That's a lovely thing to say, thank you. smile
  • Kay
  • rainy pacific northwest
  • 8 Jan 2008, 03:40
Very cute bird, Ellie. It looks like he/she is very curious about what they see behind the window...either that, or they see themselves!
EJWilkins: I think it was probably looking at the feeder that was hanging from the end of the branch, and wondering when it would get a turn wink
  • Chris Phillips
  • 8 Jan 2008, 06:03
Oh that's splendid! Very difficult to get a shot like this
EJWilkins: Oooh, not hard at all! tongue
Out of dozens taken this was the best wink
Seems the LTT choreographed the diagonal as well. Clever little thing. But you were there and achieved a great capture. richard
EJWilkins: Ah, no, I choreographed the diagonal - it's a small branch attached to the bird table, with a feeder on the end. To make pictures look a bit more natural. All I did next was to sit inside and hope I'd get some visitors that would stay still long enough to click the button. wink
Such sweet little birds, seldon still for long, so well done you! Marvellous detail and very clean windows! lol! (:o) Thanks for the reminder about the Great Garden Bird Watch, too.
EJWilkins: No, not clean windows - single-glazed windows, the camera doesn't focus on them wink
Oh Ellie, I can see that we share this feeling for birds... aren't they cute ? smile
EJWilkins: We certainly do Florence, and yes, they're mostly cute smile
  • Ann
  • SucÚ sur Erdre - France
  • 8 Jan 2008, 08:03
Nice little bird, and so well captured !!!
  • mickyboy
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 8 Jan 2008, 08:16
Great shot, This little fella looks a little cheeky I think, well captured
Simplemente encantador!

Simply lovely!
Very beautiful image! I like the use of dof and the composition very much. Well done!
  • Astrid
  • The Netherlands
  • 8 Jan 2008, 09:42
Outstanding picture, through the window, I am impressed it turned out that good smile
EJWilkins: Thanks Astrid, with a single glazed window it isn't too hard - you should try it smile
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 8 Jan 2008, 10:05
Funny name for a bird tongue

Excellent detailed picture and composition.
EJWilkins: wink
I'm fairly sure the original name was "Titmouse", it's quite a large family with Long-tailed, Blue, Great, Coal, Willow and Crested are the European species (I think that's all of them) We get the first four in our garden, if we're lucky.
  • Aussie
  • back on nights.
  • 8 Jan 2008, 10:45
Wow he is so gorgeous, and one of a few terrific bird pics on SC today
EJWilkins: There are a lot of superb bird pictures on SC, fierce 'competition' really, gives us something to aim for. wink
  • ray
  • Thailand
  • 8 Jan 2008, 11:08
Now that is an excellent capture, Ellie.
Looks like a very long tail for such a little ball of feathers.
EJWilkins: It's daft really Ray, if they didn't include the tail in the measurements this'd easily be the smallest British bird, but because it's got a long tail it isn't - that glory goes to the wren which is huge by comparison.
  • Martin
  • United States
  • 8 Jan 2008, 14:03
I like these birds. They always seem to project an air of happiness.
EJWilkins: You're right Martin, they do seem to be happy little birds. They go around in gangs during the winter, and always seem to make a lot of noise.
  • Tracy
  • Stoke on Trent UK
  • 8 Jan 2008, 14:31
What a little sweetie Ellie, well capturedsmile
EJWilkins: Aww, thanks Tracy
Great detailed shot Ellie. I like the DOF and the composition. The window you shot through must have been immaculate
EJWilkins: Absolutely not clean Richard, our windows are not the shiniest but it doesn't really make any difference because the lens focuses beyond the glass. They're single glazed though, which might make a difference.
Thanks for the lovely compliment smile
  • Pops
  • United Kingdom
  • 8 Jan 2008, 18:47
Beautiful capture with a great glint in the eye. Great d.o.f as well.
Excellent job keeping the branch and tail in focus
EJWilkins: It was slightly cheating, the branch was attached to the bird table with a nut feeder at the end of it. Seemed to look more natural for photographs wink
The glint in the eye is pure luck, I can't work out why some pictures have them and some don't.
  • Blackdog
  • On the dreaded dial up again!
  • 8 Jan 2008, 19:01
I am always in awe of wildlife photographs and this is a fine example. Basically I think I got missed out when they were handing out the patience genes ;o) Super shot Ellie!
EJWilkins: I'm happy for you to be in awe! tongue Doesn't happen very often these days, I can tell you. The trick is to site the computer in the corner of a room, close to the window, set up camera + tripod and keep feeding the birds on a table just ouside the window. Loads of duds, believe me, but some good keepers too. You could make it a project - for the next few weeks wink
  • liam
  • South Africa
  • 8 Jan 2008, 19:25
great shot Ellie. Cute little birds
EJWilkins: Thanks Liam, kind of you to say so smile
Lovely shot Ellie. We have had long tailed tits visiting the garden this winter. We did the bird watch last year and We virtually saw nothing! Normally the garden is teeming with birds and they all deserted us when we were counting!
EJWilkins: Exactly the same thing happened here last year, maybe they didn't want to be counted. I'm hoping they'll behave this time. wink
nice bird photography, and very interesting information on the Great Garden Bird Wach!!!
EJWilkins: Thanks Patrick. You'll have to come over to UK specially to count the garden birds wink
  • Chris
  • Isle of Wight (UK)
  • 8 Jan 2008, 22:31
Such a pretty bird, makes fabulous nests too...well taken through your window Ellie smile
EJWilkins: You're right there Chris, we found one last summer in the middle of a conifer - cobwebs mixed with moss, it was amazing. And yes, it was also empty.
Fantastic shot, Ellie. You've really managed to give this bird some character! smile
  • Dave Wilkins
  • Recovering from surgery in Ireland
  • 17 Jan 2008, 12:20
Ah that's cute..he looks almost human-like..."what's going on over there?"
Wonderful Ellie ! So cute !!
Lovely shot.

Here in Sweden the Long-tailed Tit have all white heads. They look like flying Ping-pong balls with tails.
  • Old Jake
  • United Kingdom
  • 23 Jan 2008, 18:41
Brilliant!
You must have the patience of Job and how I wish I could capture such a shot

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