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Coal Tit

By justin c
Photographed this Coal Tit a few weeks ago at my Bird Winter feeding station.

All comments always welcome and appreciated.

Tags: Wildlife and nature

Voters: BurntOut, StevieH, sasam and 193 more

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Comments


sasam 18
17 Feb 2005 4:42AM
Beautiful bird sharp pic.
User_Removed 19 268
17 Feb 2005 4:44AM
Absolutely gorgeous pic. So sharp, perfect DOF and great colours. Click. Ali.
karenpics 17 2
17 Feb 2005 4:45AM
A very lovely shot great dof well done click
Karen
_ 17 535 4 Virgin Islands, British
17 Feb 2005 4:48AM
One of your very best Justin.
Portknockie 17 48 Scotland
17 Feb 2005 4:52AM
Beautiful detail and colours in this shot.

Great work

Don
T_Warneck 17 1
17 Feb 2005 4:53AM
Spot on !

Tony
17 Feb 2005 4:54AM
I really like the color and sharpness of this picture...excellent shot!!!
Tony_M 18 342 England
17 Feb 2005 5:01AM
Great colours and framing of the bird. The complimentary colour background is a nice touch.

Tony
Hawkgenes 17 10 United Kingdom
17 Feb 2005 5:04AM
The detail and composition are great. They really move so fast, so there isn't much time - well done.


Hawk
kevan 20 447
17 Feb 2005 5:04AM
Superbly sharp and you couldn't ask for a better pose or perch (it's not stuffed is it Wink

Excellent shot!
helendixon 18 30 United Kingdom
17 Feb 2005 5:05AM
Simply stunning, so much detail.

Helen..
StevenPrice 17 30 2 England
17 Feb 2005 5:05AM
What a brilliant shot. I like the Bg & its so sharp this is true quality really well done.

Steve click!
17 Feb 2005 5:07AM
Wow, stunning shot. Pin sharp and great composition.

One of the best bird shots I've seen on here.

Click,
Gav
17 Feb 2005 5:08AM
This is one of the best I've seen, would love to know how to do bird photography. K.
it happens 18 109
17 Feb 2005 5:33AM
excellent detail, stunning.well done. Bec
ericfaragh Plus
18 149 6 United Kingdom
17 Feb 2005 5:33AM
Lovely clarity and colour, wonderful image. Well caught.
billma 18 119 United States
17 Feb 2005 5:34AM
This is about as good as it gets. Wonderful detail, composition (branch, pose and crop) and perfect background. wish you were E2 so I could see larger version.

Well done.
bill
junglecat 18 12
17 Feb 2005 5:35AM
Stunning shot. Your portfolio is beautiful.
gemm 18 800 United Kingdom
17 Feb 2005 5:44AM
Great capture! Excellent detail and pose.
Pete 21 18.8k 97 England
17 Feb 2005 6:03AM
Wow...the standard has been set!
starstriders 18 1.6k United Kingdom
17 Feb 2005 6:05AM
Stunning shot, the branch is as interesting as the bird!
17 Feb 2005 6:08AM
Congrats on the EC, well deserved.

Gav
Deez 17 7
17 Feb 2005 6:11AM
One of the best bird pictures ive seen on here. Damn near perfect. Great shot.
johnjohn01 20 58 England
17 Feb 2005 6:15AM
Exceptional work
tigerminx 18 237 South Africa
17 Feb 2005 6:30AM
Never seen an image this sharp before. Okay now I have to get one of those lenses...
Bruce.
Terry L 18 609 5 England
17 Feb 2005 6:36AM
Well captured pose, good comosition and detail. Love all the Lichen on the branch, very nice Justin.

Regards
Terry.
Greyheron 20 282 7 England
17 Feb 2005 6:40AM
First class photography Justin, superb.

Mike
Tom_H 17 48 1 United Kingdom
17 Feb 2005 6:51AM
Fantastic shot, well done.
rosegold 18 4
17 Feb 2005 7:01AM
Great shot, gorgeous colours, nice background and a lovely little bird. I like the angle of the shot too. Thanks ~ Clare
KatieR 18 6.2k 6
17 Feb 2005 7:08AM
Wow! That is sharp, sharp, sharp - a wonderful capture with great colour. Stunning.
Katie
covey 17 1.7k Ireland
17 Feb 2005 7:14AM
Well deserved EC. Fab composition and colours.

T.
leedsgh 18 496 United Kingdom
17 Feb 2005 7:16AM
definately agree with the E2 comment, would love to see that crystal clear detail larger.

Gav

PS congrats!
paulstefan 17 509 1 United Kingdom
17 Feb 2005 7:38AM
A little belter!
Congrats on the EC - very well deserved indeed.
cheers, Paul
turtle1 18 41 United Kingdom
17 Feb 2005 8:07AM
Wow! this is so clear - beautiful image
BarbaraSmile
VinceJones 17 862 United Kingdom
17 Feb 2005 8:20AM
This image says everything & so will the comments & the awards that will be added. Excellent in everyway.

Vince
liparig 18 233 United States
17 Feb 2005 8:55AM
amazing shot well done
JouŠo 18 56 Finland
17 Feb 2005 8:59AM
One word: STUNNING!

Jouko
stevebutler 17 122 England
17 Feb 2005 9:12AM
One of the best Coal tit pics I have seen..Superb composition, colours and clarity.

Steve!
IanFlindt 17 740 21 United Kingdom
17 Feb 2005 9:24AM
Breath-takingly good, Justin. Beautifully composed, and flawless sharpness and clarity. A stunning image.
stevie 18 1.2k 2 United Kingdom
17 Feb 2005 10:00AM
Beautiful - perfect position of the bird & beautifully lit
phowtow 17 46
17 Feb 2005 10:00AM
stunning, stunning.

er.. stunning, im lost for words.


chris
jasonewell 17 34 United Kingdom
17 Feb 2005 10:18AM
What a stunner, the best tit shot yet! IMHO! The detail, colours, clarity, composition, background, angle, sharpness...truly breathtaking! Quality work.
Jason
stevem 18 238 United Kingdom
17 Feb 2005 10:22AM
Stunning image! excellent sharpness & great pose!
Steve...
justin c 18 5.2k 36 England
17 Feb 2005 10:39AM
A very big thank you for all the kind and encouraging comments so far.

Thanks also to Pete for the EC.

The encouraging comments and EC were a really nice suprise to discover when coming home this evening.

Very much appreciated.


Justin.
riprap007 17 1.6k 37 England
17 Feb 2005 10:52AM
stunning details, great work
Denise 20 279
17 Feb 2005 10:53AM
Now this really is a beauty and I'm so glad it got the recognition it deserved. Well done!
17 Feb 2005 10:59AM
Fantastic CB
old timer 18 55 1 Scotland
17 Feb 2005 11:02AM
How utterly stunning! Congrats on the EC.
Jim
17 Feb 2005 11:02AM
fab shot - dof and sharpness are great
well deserved ec
james
cameraman 19 227 1 England
17 Feb 2005 11:26AM
Excellent shot. The bird has been captured in a great pose.
rf 18 United Kingdom
17 Feb 2005 11:34AM
excellent image stands out well against the background well done.
simons 17 13
17 Feb 2005 11:38AM
Superb, great detail, colour and background
Simon
adamburton 18 627 11 United Kingdom
17 Feb 2005 12:04PM
Cracking shot Justin. Well done on the EC.

Adam.
noseprints 18 576
17 Feb 2005 12:09PM
wow, that's pretty clear.
Falconer 17 16
17 Feb 2005 12:15PM
superb pic and the colours on the branch are amazing too, click
User_Removed 17 117
17 Feb 2005 12:23PM
Justin Hi!

Superb image though your Kingfisher takes some beating.

Geoff
zippie 18 1.3k England
17 Feb 2005 12:55PM
Outstanding work Justin.

Beautifully detailed and saturated, as well as a perfect background. Well done.

What hide do you use ?

Andy
dalowsons 18 89 Australia
17 Feb 2005 1:32PM
Now this is just fantastic ! The colours of the branch and background, the DOF, the sharpness of the bird - outstanding !!
justin c 18 5.2k 36 England
17 Feb 2005 1:42PM
Hi folks,
Thanks once again for taking the time to comment.
Much appreciated as always.


Andy,
Hi,
I have two at this feeding station,I have a semi-permanent one which I'm not using this year,as it's been taken over by some bank voles,which I don't want to disturb, and I also use a portable Jamie Woods Fensman hide (which is what I used for this shot).
mattberry 18 259 14 Greece
17 Feb 2005 1:47PM
this is what I call class! Nothing I can say other than state how impressed I am and how much I enjoyed viewing it.

Matt
xinia 17 54
17 Feb 2005 1:52PM
superb!
dougv 18 8.4k 3 England
17 Feb 2005 2:02PM
Outstanding shot Justin!
I knew this was going to be good from the thumbnail.
Very nicely captured.

Doug
17 Feb 2005 2:29PM
Love the colours and the sharpness. Just beautiful!

Kathryn
klewis 18 1.9k 1 United Kingdom
17 Feb 2005 2:48PM
it's all been said. Well worth the EC.

click
lyne 18 15
17 Feb 2005 2:52PM
Outstanding work well deserved lynex
frogsrcool 17 9 United Kingdom
17 Feb 2005 3:27PM
All been said! Stunning image - the golden branch really stands out against the background - and lifts the colour of the birds belly. Detail is superb, as is the composition
Miles Herbert 20 1.9k 4 United Kingdom
17 Feb 2005 3:29PM
Now thats sharp! Excellent image, well done for the EC.
Toppix 17 56 1 England
17 Feb 2005 5:38PM
Nothing more to add..... Excellent!!!!
Ian
glazzaro 17 70 23 United States
17 Feb 2005 7:32PM
Wow, this is nothing short of perfect! Brilliant shot, well captured! Spot On! Click!!!

Greg
billydo 19 79 United Kingdom
18 Feb 2005 1:01AM
Magnificent image, top quality work. Well done.
Neal.
baker58 19 101 United Kingdom
18 Feb 2005 1:28AM
Outstanding quality. Composition,clarity, detail and dof are spot on.The colour on that branch is awesome.

Paul
suleesia 17 176 Malaysia
18 Feb 2005 3:28AM
Perfection!!!
StevenHanna 19 296 United Kingdom
18 Feb 2005 4:31AM
What a shot! Superb clairty & colours.
Well done on the EC.
Steven
-big click-
Mable 17 England
18 Feb 2005 10:30AM
Outstanding. Can't say any more. Mable
ronr 18 3 United Kingdom
18 Feb 2005 11:52AM
Simply outstanding shot.
Ron.
vivo 18 24 Australia
18 Feb 2005 3:02PM
The most beautiful shot of a bird that I've ever seen - in my entire lifetime. PERIOD.

Congratulations & You deserve more than an EC!

vivo
bassan 19 15
18 Feb 2005 3:16PM
Excellent, period!!!
andytvcams 19 10.4k 1 United Kingdom
18 Feb 2005 3:50PM
Do you do this for a living? if not why not

outstanding quality.

Andy...
proberts 18 218 4 Wales
19 Feb 2005 1:53PM
Fantastic shot and detail,well done and congrats on the EC,well deserved.
Andrew.
justin c 18 5.2k 36 England
19 Feb 2005 2:50PM
Thanks for all the kind comments so far.
They are very much appreciated.

Thank you

Justin.
SteveSharp 19 34 United Kingdom
20 Feb 2005 3:36AM
Its all been said so i'll just add.......



flipping awesome!
User_Removed 17 4 11 England
20 Feb 2005 3:41AM
Superb....Well deserved Ec and comments. Sylv.
Ade_Osman 19 4.5k 36 England
20 Feb 2005 5:46AM
Simply stunning, especially like the way you have presented it!

Ade
leeg 19 165
20 Feb 2005 8:53AM
Justin, very impressive... and I'm not easily impressed. I would be interested to know what time of day, what shutter speed and aperture and what enhancements have been made? I strive for shots like this and this gives me even more enthusiasm for bid photography. Well done.

Graeme
justin c 18 5.2k 36 England
20 Feb 2005 10:45AM
Hi Graeme,

The shot was taken just under 4 weeks ago at 10.02am.
The light was changeable that day with periods of sunshine and bright overcast light,this shot was probably taken with the sun diffused by cloud (which I prefer to bright sunshine).
The lens was a Canon 100-400mm L I.S. at 350mm on a 10D mounted on a Arca B1 Ballhead on a Gitzo 1548 tripod.
I always shoot in Raw mode,the iso for this shot was 400 and the shutter speed was 1/500 sec at f5.6.
Exposure compensation was set to minus 1/3 stop.
Al Servo auto focus was used and the subject distance was 3.0 meters.

The only enhancements made were:
1)Neatimage to smooth out any noise.
2)Levels adjustment.
3)Cropped about 300 pixels from left side.
4)Hue/saturation adjusted
5)Unsharp mask.


Hope this helps.
If you have any further questions,feel free to ask.

Thanks for commenting and also to everyone else.Very much appreciated.


Justin.
alfpics Plus
20 380 4 England
21 Feb 2005 1:14AM
Excellent shot Justin - and congrats on photo of the week!
Andy
rnixon 18 180
21 Feb 2005 4:31AM
This must be one of the best bird shots I've seen.

Great work.

Richard
Consulo 18 840 10 Scotland
21 Feb 2005 7:28AM
Wonderful, look forward to hearing your tales about how many comps this has won. Smile
Gavin 17 17
21 Feb 2005 10:56AM
I can only aspire this sort of excellence!

Gavin
justin c 18 5.2k 36 England
21 Feb 2005 1:07PM
Thanks again for all of the very encouraging comments.They really are very much appreciated.


A very big thank you for choosing my shot as the image of the week.
It was a really nice suprise and I feel very honoured indeed. Smile

Thank you,

Justin
collywobles 18 4.1k 10 United Kingdom
21 Feb 2005 1:41PM
Gosh -- one of the best shots on the site, sheer perfection in very way
MartinWait 18 95 United Kingdom
21 Feb 2005 9:12PM
Sublime.

Martin.
22 Feb 2005 3:29AM
Well done on POTW, a worthy winner. K.
aeast 18
22 Feb 2005 5:46AM
Just fantastic.Well done.

Annette
speysider 17 10
22 Feb 2005 1:55PM
Outstanding Photo!
Congrats on the well deserved RC, EC & POTW
John
xenija 19 4 Montenegro
23 Feb 2005 1:29AM
Excellent shot! Sharpnes and colours are great.
LAF 19 1.7k
23 Feb 2005 6:20AM
Simply brilliant.

Lee.
johnc1711 18 9 Scotland
24 Feb 2005 4:41AM
Brilliant shot! Pin sharp and lovely complimentary colours!

John.
Goatsmilkuk 17 783
24 Feb 2005 6:01AM
I don't normally look at bird pics but this time I am glad I did

Congrats on the awards !


Stu

Click
himalk 18 4 Sri Lanka
24 Feb 2005 6:30AM
WOW !!! love it, well deserved awards !
MarkT 17 119 2 England
27 Feb 2005 2:37AM
Beautiful shot.
pennyspike 19 2.1k 29 United Kingdom
27 Feb 2005 12:49PM
So sharp. A great shot from a specialist.
pennyspike 19 2.1k 29 United Kingdom
27 Feb 2005 12:50PM
So sharp. A great shot from a specialist.
plutoman 18 347
1 Mar 2005 6:40AM
Simply an awesome shot. Well done..

Craig
justin c 18 5.2k 36 England
1 Mar 2005 2:49PM
Thanks everyone for taking the time to leave a comment and for such a great response.
It is very much appreciated indeed.

Thank you,

Justin.
KBan 17 512 4 United Kingdom
8 Oct 2005 11:55AM
wow the detail!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Keith
justin c 18 5.2k 36 England
8 Oct 2005 1:34PM
Thanks Keith.
rosie42 18 7 Australia
8 Oct 2005 3:05PM
What a stunning capture - congratulations. An absolute pleasure to view ...

Susie :o)
justin c 18 5.2k 36 England
8 Oct 2005 3:16PM
Thanks Susie.
flowerted 18 106 United Kingdom
28 Oct 2005 3:30AM
hi justin
just found your port great stuff nice work nice to have had a chat last time we met in the hide at slimbridge
did not get a decent shot all day so i hope you fared better than me hope to meet again
ted
longman 16
9 Nov 2005 10:08AM
This is stunning,Pin sharp and great colours.Graeme
terry_cavner 17 332 United Kingdom
22 Dec 2005 7:58AM
Oh Yeah.....Love It
justin c 18 5.2k 36 England
22 Dec 2005 8:01AM
Cheers Terry,much appreciated.

Justin.
UserRemoved 17 481
24 Feb 2006 5:07PM
Superb clarity.

Yan
johnmd 18 38
25 Mar 2006 12:59PM
Absolutely first class.
Best regards
John
justin c 18 5.2k 36 England
26 Mar 2006 3:42AM
Thanks for looking.

Justin.
Bluke 17 303 1 United Kingdom
27 Mar 2006 12:24AM
quality....
babs
justin c 18 5.2k 36 England
27 Mar 2006 1:09AM
Thanks Babs.
VintageRed 16 15 1 United Kingdom
6 Nov 2006 9:58AM
Congrats on the EC. A very deserving image. Nick
Pegon 17 78 1 England
14 Nov 2006 9:32PM
A cracking shot, pin sharp.
Pete.
justin c 18 5.2k 36 England
15 Nov 2006 3:34PM
Thanks Nick, thanks Pete.

Justin.
26 Jun 2007 1:36PM
Very nice
justin c 18 5.2k 36 England
26 Jun 2007 9:58PM
Thanks Barrierfoto.
brianquinn 15 243 1 United Kingdom
27 Jun 2007 10:32PM
Justin, came to look at your pics after your comment on my lens dillema. This pic along with the wild kestrel (or was it a buzzard) has sold me the 100 - 400 without a shadow of a doubt.
you must be well chuffed with this one!
Brian
justin c 18 5.2k 36 England
29 Jun 2007 1:10PM
Thanks Brian,that's very kind of you.
Hope you enjoy your new lens and get many excellent shots and hours of enjoyment from it,as I'm sure you will.

PS. It's a kestrel Smile
13snaphappy Junior Member 15 1 England
13 Aug 2007 2:47PM
Yet another excellent piece of work, Justin. Forward planning pays off I reckon!
21 Aug 2007 2:48PM
One of the best Coal tit photographs I have ever seen..Its all spot on.

Great photography

Ian
justin c 18 5.2k 36 England
21 Aug 2007 4:15PM
Thanks Ian. Smile

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