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This is a small, mainly brown bird, with a shiny black cap, dark 'bib' and pale belly. In the UK its identification is made tricky by the very similar appearance of our race of willow tit. They're so hard to identify that ornithologists didn't realise there were two species until 1897!
Overview
Latin name
Poecile palustris

Family
Tits (Paridae)

Where to see them
Despite their name, marsh tits are most often found in broadleaf woodland, and also copses, parks and gardens. They occur across England and Wales, with a few in southern Scotland but are most abundant in south Wales and southern and eastern England.

When to see them
At any time of year

What they eat
Insects and seeds. If marsh tits find a good supply – perhaps at a garden feeder – they may start to hoard seeds, burying and hiding them for a rainy day. Their hippocampus – the part of their brain which specialises in remembering things – is large, bigger than a great tit's.

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 5D MkIII
Lens:EF600mm f/4L IS USM +1.4x
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:17 Mar 2013 - 3:00 PM
Focal Length:840mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.7
Aperture:f/8.0
Shutter Speed:1/500sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:2500
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:Marsh Tit
Username:ianrobinson ianrobinson
Uploaded:18 Mar 2013 - 12:08 AM
Tags:Birds, Marsh tit, Wildlife / nature
Votes:38

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paskinmj
paskinmj  5 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
18 Mar 2013 - 12:14 AM

Great spot and well timed.
Matt

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DavePrince
18 Mar 2013 - 12:23 AM

Great image

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Norfolkboy
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18 Mar 2013 - 12:58 AM

A superb capture, Ian.
Colin

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Ayoob
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18 Mar 2013 - 3:25 AM

Well timing and fantastic capture..........GrinGrinGrin

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Hermanus
Hermanus  2 South Africa
18 Mar 2013 - 6:01 AM

A lovely photo of this tiny beauty Smile

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jackyp
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18 Mar 2013 - 7:42 AM

Stunning detail Ian, great timing Grin

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ColleenA
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18 Mar 2013 - 7:43 AM

A superb capture and wonderful informationGrinGrin

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M_squared
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18 Mar 2013 - 9:32 AM

Great image. Well captured.

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richmowil
richmowil e2 Member 5259 forum postsrichmowil vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
18 Mar 2013 - 10:32 AM

Store it? or eat it? Great detail in this fine image. I like it a lot!!

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GeorgePlatis
GeorgePlatis e2 Member 1GeorgePlatis vcard Greece1 Constructive Critique Points
18 Mar 2013 - 12:55 PM

Wonderful image and interesting writing !
George

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ali63
ali63 e2 Member 2474 forum postsali63 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
18 Mar 2013 - 4:03 PM

A beauty of an image,

Ali

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Norfolkboy
Norfolkboy e2 Member 8Norfolkboy vcard England4 Constructive Critique Points
18 Mar 2013 - 6:15 PM

A superb capture, Ian.
As you know I have spent most of the winter snapping these and willows
and I know just how hard it is to get a really good crisp close up.
What I really like about this is that it shows their rather greedy behaviour.
Well done mateWink
Colin

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tomcat
tomcat e2 Member 95919 forum poststomcat vcard United Kingdom15 Constructive Critique Points
18 Mar 2013 - 6:54 PM

A lovely shiny cap and a good eye tooSmile

They are a very pretty bird IMHO

Adrian

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JuBarney
JuBarney e2 Member 3JuBarney vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
18 Mar 2013 - 7:15 PM

A lovely capture of one of my fav. garden visitors.
Ju

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johnjo58
johnjo58 e2 Member 4johnjo58 vcard United Kingdom5 Constructive Critique Points
18 Mar 2013 - 8:38 PM

Beautiful Ian,
David

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ianrobinson
ianrobinson e2 Member 41108 forum postsianrobinson vcard United Kingdom8 Constructive Critique Points
18 Mar 2013 - 8:44 PM

Thank you all for your lovely comments and votes.
Thank you very much Colin for your UA very nice surprise.

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