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Crested Tit (Lophophanes cristatus)

By teocali
A Crested Tit (Lophophanes cristatus), taken during my visit to the Cairngorms National Park last week. Fast as lightning, these little characters, with their "punky" headgear, are a delight to watch. We were lucky that the weather had remained cold, as these little birds are far less active in Spring and Summer.

Crested Tit (Lophophanes cristatus)
Although not as colourful as some other tits, its 'bridled' face pattern and the upstanding black and white crest make this a most distinctive species. Crested tits feed actively, clinging to trunks and hanging from branches, like most tits, searching for a wide range of invertebrates and pine seeds. They store food extensively during early winter, using it in late winter. Largely confined to ancient Caledonian pine forests and Scots pine plantations. It spends its time foraging on the trunk and large branches of pine trees and after the breeding season will join other tit species in roving flocks. Will visit garden birdtables and feeders. Can be seen all year round and feed on insects and seeds. They are on the RSPB Amber List.
Description taken from RSPB website.

Thank you all so much for your continued overwhelming support of these recent images - as always, very much appreciated Smile

Tags: Scotland Wild Bird Caledonian Crested tit Paridae Wildlife and nature Pine forest Lophophanes cristatus Cairngorms national park

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Comments


Graham_P 9 1 19 United Kingdom
16 Mar 2013 8:40AM
Beautifully photographed Crested Tit Sylvia.
Nicely isolated on the top of the pine needles with lovely eye contact and a superb b/g.

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MalcolmM Plus
10 476 5 Scotland
16 Mar 2013 8:40AM
Superb. Great background too.
CarolG Plus
9 195 18 Greece
16 Mar 2013 8:40AM
First class, as always, Sylvia. Carol
Bzox 3 2 Bosnia And Herzegovina
16 Mar 2013 8:43AM
Beautiful bird, great photo.

Zoran
Trev_B 9 148 68 England
16 Mar 2013 8:44AM
Well done Sylvia you have certainly made the best of your visit to the Cairngorms. This detailed Crested Tit image is absolutely gorgeous.

Trev
RonnieAG Plus
6 153 116 Scotland
16 Mar 2013 8:46AM
Your Cairngorms visit has afforded you some very fine shots, Sylvia, this being no exception: fine crisp shot of this Crested Tit perched on the conifer needles.
And I like the OOF colour coordinated b/g tone achieved with that wide aperture.
And not a trace of noise that I can see despite the high ISO setting......Canon seem to have that one well and truly sorted.
Ronnie.
16 Mar 2013 8:49AM
An excellent capture!
Effrossini
JohnoP 11 2
16 Mar 2013 8:49AM
Just stunning! Going back to the Cairngorms in January to try to get some more of these - just love them!

John SmileSmile
16 Mar 2013 9:05AM
Stunning. Great image well-taken.
Hermanus 4 4 South Africa
16 Mar 2013 9:06AM
Excellent !! A stunning bird in a perfect pose !!
16 Mar 2013 9:16AM
I was hoping you would get an opportunity to photograph this beautiful little bird,
very well captured Sylvia, great timing and detail. Excellent nature photography.
David
BIGRY1 Plus
4 3 7 United Kingdom
16 Mar 2013 9:22AM
Bloomin' marvellous!GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
Ryan
16 Mar 2013 9:28AM
Very productive visit to the cairngoms Sylvia, excellent work
Brian
16 Mar 2013 9:48AM
A lovely bird well captured - I think you caught him on a bad hair daySmileSmile
Maiwand Plus
9 3 71 England
16 Mar 2013 9:53AM
A very very lovely shot of this Crested Tit Sylvia. Quite the nicest I have seen on the site. Superbly posed and detailed.GrinGrinGrinSmileSmileTongueTongue
Ron
helenlinda Plus
9 343 22 United Kingdom
16 Mar 2013 10:02AM
Superb in every way Sylvia SmileSmile
Helen
16 Mar 2013 10:11AM
Super shot.

Jeff
bricurtis Plus
11 2.0k 49 England
16 Mar 2013 10:35AM
A real gem Sylvia - immaculate detailed CT - beautifully perched on the conifer needles against a perfect bg.
Brian.
16 Mar 2013 10:48AM
Absolutely cracking shot - detailed, sharp and natural looking in a very nice pose. John
boov Plus
3 2 United Kingdom
16 Mar 2013 11:26AM
Great take...
LeeFisher 7 59 8 England
16 Mar 2013 11:27AM
Another cracker Sylvia Smile
Brian65 7 2 United Kingdom
16 Mar 2013 12:03PM
Simply FIRST CLASS!! Sylvia.
Brian
johnjo58 5 2 5 United Kingdom
16 Mar 2013 12:09PM
Stunner Sylvia and well deserved of all the awards.

David
KBan 11 490 4 England
16 Mar 2013 2:24PM
You're on a roll Sylvia


Keith Grin
TonyDy Plus
7 5 2 United Kingdom
16 Mar 2013 3:01PM
Superb shot, Sylvia.
Tony
rogerdoger 5 13
16 Mar 2013 4:16PM
First class. So sharp you could cut yopurself on it !
Regards Roger
tonyng Plus
6 8 2 United Kingdom
16 Mar 2013 4:42PM
Wonderful shot Sylvia.
MossyOak 4 22 15 England
16 Mar 2013 6:22PM
Superb
Richard
Lillian Plus
7 21 17 United Kingdom
16 Mar 2013 7:22PM
They really do not get any better than this
Lillian
16 Mar 2013 7:27PM
Great capture !
George
16 Mar 2013 8:23PM
Superb as usual Sylvia.
Tom.
Norfolkboy 10 1 4 England
16 Mar 2013 8:45PM
Another outstanding capture, Sylvia.
Colin
Mike_Smith Plus
9 290 1 United Kingdom
16 Mar 2013 9:37PM
Quality Photography
AnnChown Plus
6 198 1 United Kingdom
17 Mar 2013 12:01AM
Top notch! Another stunner!
Ann
Ray42 8 3 England
17 Mar 2013 7:46AM
An excellent shot - top class (again)
WOW ......................... Another fantastic shot Sylvia - your visit to Scotland has certainly provided some wonderful images' with such a variety of subjects. I'm really enjoying looking at them SmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmile.

Phil
FeatherFriend 8 38 217 England
17 Mar 2013 12:07PM

Quote:You're on a roll Sylvia
Keith Grin



And that's putting it mildly Sylvia, absolutely wonderful again, superb detail and composition, well deserving of the awards,
Geoff.
Glostopcat 10 255 2 England
17 Mar 2013 6:21PM
What a wonderful nature shot Sylvia, I love the way this beautiful little bird is posing so perfectly for you. Another outstanding image from your trip to Scotland
YorkshireSam 6 110 3 United Kingdom
20 Mar 2013 11:27PM
Deserves all the awards and more. Superb !
23 Mar 2013 5:12PM
WoW SmileWink

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