E.J.Wilkins

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Blue tit - Parus caeruleus


Speaking with tongues.

Blue tit, Parus caeruleus is one of the commonest UK garden birds. It was listed in the top 15 birds of the 2007 RSPB Garden Birdwatch survey.

This one was on a feeder in our garden.
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Blue tit - Parus caeruleus


Speaking with tongues.

Blue tit, Parus caeruleus is one of the commonest UK garden birds. It was listed in the top 15 birds of the 2007 RSPB Garden Birdwatch survey.

This one was on a feeder in our garden.
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comments (21)

Nice detail in his feather.

Nice color in the background.

Lovely shot Ellie!
EJWilkins: Thank you Remi. In the background is a willow tree with new yellow leaves.
  • ray
  • Thailand
  • 10 Mar 2008, 03:50
Chez Eleanor's looks like a fine eating establishment for the birds.

It is an interesting picture for the dichotomy of the fluffy little Tit and the cage that is keeping it out.
EJWilkins: Oh absolutely Ray, they're queueing up for the breakfast menu!
The cage keeps the squirrel out too, well, nearly!
Cool shot! Love the colour in the background. The bird itself is quite dark though, especially in relation to the background. Cool use a boost in contrast as well. Still, a very good catch! Love the tongue sticking out.
EJWilkins: Hi, thanks smile
The background is mainly a willow tree that's just coming into leaf, they're yellow to begin with, it's quite a way from the feeder. No chance of more contrast with the weather we've been having I'm afraid wink
They're so similar to our black-capped chickadees, our friendliest garden birds.
EJWilkins: Ah, now if I remember I think I've seen those on somebody's site - yours? They've got black caps a bit like the Coal Tit - which I've never been able to photograph, they're too quick. This one's supposed to have a bright blue cap, but for some reason or other the local population is quite pale.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 10 Mar 2008, 07:33
A blue tit with a tongue. I will have to think about that.

Having a tongue is probably the last thing I ever think about birds. Excellent 'capture' of the tongue - ok, the whole picture smile
EJWilkins: My thoughts exactly Louis, I'd never, ever thought of them having a tongue.
  • Russ
  • 10 Mar 2008, 07:36
Ellie - great shot - well captured, especially with the tongue sticking out
EJWilkins: It really was a suprise when I opened the image, I hadn't seen the bird's tongue for myself, so it was a lovely bonus.
  • Ann
  • Sucé sur Erdre - France
  • 10 Mar 2008, 08:45
Great details on it and great DOF !!!
EJWilkins: Thanks Ann smile
Very nice capture. I like the plain background!
EJWilkins: There are trees in the background, very blurred out because of the shallow focus. The yellow is the new leaves on a weeping willow, the pink is a slump of red stemmed something or other, forget the name.
  • vintage
  • australia
  • 10 Mar 2008, 11:05
Very good capture
EJWilkins: Thanks smile
I've snapped a pair of green finches through the glass of our kitchen door but have never thought of posting it. Perhaps I will now. You are my inspiration as far as birdy pics go Ellie. richard
EJWilkins: Well, you should share them Richard, they're lovely birds. I've got one coming up later this week, but it's quite grainy because it was so dark/overcast outside.
  • Astrid
  • The Netherlands
  • 10 Mar 2008, 14:28
I am impressed here, it is like Ray says....Chez Eleanor is the right place to be, great close-up.
EJWilkins: smile Thanks Astrid, I didn't take this on purpose you know, pure fluke to see the little tongue.
Great timing. I don't think I ever saw one of these stick out its tongue at the camera smile
EJWilkins: Luck Martin, that's all, I've never seen anything like this either.
This shows that we can all get decent shots in our own back gardens Ellie, well done. Interesting background colour.
EJWilkins: One tip though, make sure your windows are cleaner than mine otherwise it affects the focus wink
The background is from the new leaves on a Weeping Willow, they're bright yellow. SHallow focus made them blur completely.
This is a lovely picture. The natural history types would want it pin sharp, but the slight softness adds to the charm as a picture for me.
EJWilkins: I don't do pin sharp, not handheld at 300mm - not yet anyway, but I'm working on it. To be honest, I think it'd need a much faster lens, and I'll never get one of those, so this is the best it's likely to get. I like the picture though, pure serendipity.
  • Dave Wilkins
  • in Bray, Co.Wicklow, Ireland.
  • 10 Mar 2008, 20:52
Great shot Ellie, nice.
EJWilkins: Thanks Dave smile
The company that makes the suet might pay you for an image as good as that....!! Great one Ellie
EJWilkins: You reckon I should ask them? ...
  • Roz Sears
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 10 Mar 2008, 21:31
Hi Ellie! Lovely capture - great detail, and wonderful background. I love these little birds. (:o)
EJWilkins: The background is a willow tree Roz, just coming into leaf. I like these too, but only realised the last day or two that the blue tits in our garden are very pale, must be a 'local' population thing.
Cute and really well done !
EJWilkins: Thanks Zeb smile
  • Alan
  • Southampton
  • 10 Mar 2008, 22:14
Beautiful detail to this, Ellie; you can see the individual feathers.
EJWilkins: Thanks Alan, even though it's not 'pin' sharp I thought the detail was pretty good too. smile
  • Aussie
  • Brisbane
  • 10 Mar 2008, 23:06
He's cute Ellie, love these tiny little birds.
  • Kathryn
  • Germany
  • 11 Mar 2008, 07:53
Wow I am so amazed at the detail here. I know how hard it is to capture these little cuties. Very soft and well done.

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