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Big Tomtit (Blue titmouse, Blue tit) (Parinae)

It is the largest bird among tomtits – 14 cm. The head is black with white
cheeks and neck. The back side is greenish, sometimes bluish. The stomach is brightly yellow with a black longitudinal strip. Males and young birds have broader strips.
It lives in forests and parks. More often than other tomtits it is settled near people. It seeks insects and spiders on branches and trunks of trees. In winter it eats seeds and other vegetable food. It is a usual visitor of feeding racks in city parks. Sometimes by December they can even take food from a stretched palm.
It prefers to build its nest at places with not of a thick deciduous forests, woods, parks, old fruit gardens and bushes along river banks. It is met in settlements with wood vegetation. At the period of building a nest it avoids places with pure coniferous forests. It builds its nest in hollows of tree trunks, in bays of constructions, in old nests of squirrels and birds of prey, and in other closed places. It uses thin branches, dry grass stems, moss, small roots, and lichen as a basis for its nests. It adds then down, wool, feathers, cocoons and web of spiders and insects, etc. It fills this mass the whole nest. In the heap of this construction material it makes a shoot and covers it with wool and horse’s hair sometimes with a mixture of vegetable down and feathers. The sizes of nests are differs greatly depending on a chosen space for a nest, but the sizes of the shoot are more or less the same: 40 – 60 mm in diameter and 40 – 50 mm in depth.
It has from 9 to 13 (sometimes 15) eggs in one laying. The eggs are white with slightly bright shell and a large amount of reddish-brown spots and dots which form sometimes noticeable halo at the obtuse end of the egg. The sizes of eggs are from 17x12 to 19x14 mm. The big tomtit has two egg-layings in a year: the first at the end of April or at the beginning of May and the second in June. Tomtits are widely spread in European part of Russia, in Caucasus, at the south of Siberia. It is a settled winter bird.

Great detail! Super!
posted October 17th, 2012  
Nice pic!
posted October 17th, 2012  
nice shot! lovely composition, great detail
posted October 17th, 2012  
A cracking shot. Well done!
posted October 17th, 2012  
Such a beautiful capture Anatoly!....Perfect focus & detail! : )
posted October 17th, 2012  
Oh a delightful shot Anatoly. A FAV for me.
posted October 17th, 2012  
What a sweet little bird! You captured it beautifully well and the focusing is great.
posted October 17th, 2012  
Oh wow that is a beautiful shot....FAV!!!
posted October 17th, 2012  
Super shot! Fav!
posted October 17th, 2012  
so close! Just perfection!
posted October 17th, 2012  
Wow this is a amazing shot, Fav!!
posted October 17th, 2012  
Love the detail on the feathers:)
posted October 17th, 2012  
perfection in every way...a fav for me.
posted October 17th, 2012  
Wow! Great close-up!
posted October 17th, 2012  
Fabulous shot and great eye, love the detail in the feathers Anatoly...Fav
posted October 17th, 2012  
Wonderful colours and details!
posted October 17th, 2012  
Beautiful capture. Such a pretty bird.
posted October 17th, 2012  
What a stunning close-up! Love the details. A beautiful capture!
posted October 17th, 2012  
Beautiful bird. Great focus and detail. FAV.
posted October 17th, 2012  
Gorgeous composition.
posted October 17th, 2012  
A fav for sure! Beautifully crisp and clear! And a beautiful bird too!
posted October 17th, 2012  
Great focus and composition. I love his markings.
posted October 17th, 2012  
Great close up of this cute bird. It looks much like our chickadees over here, though much more colourful.
posted October 17th, 2012  
adorable, fabulous capture. Love his colour, looks like a trendy jumper
posted October 18th, 2012  
darling little guy!
posted October 18th, 2012  
Wow such a pretty little bird and your clarity is stunning. Fav.
posted October 18th, 2012  
Such a beautiful capture! Love the focus, and the close up composition! Fav'd
posted October 18th, 2012  
We,have Tom tits too and other sorts and I always find them so cute with their tiny bodies an pert heads - very similar to robins here in NZ! This is so good to,see on the PP, Anatoly!
posted October 18th, 2012  
Beautiful capture, Anatoly...fav!
posted October 18th, 2012  
@maggiemae Thank you, Maggie for your comments. Sorry for not coming too often to your pages but sooner or later I'll be there... It is not for PP I take shots but for love for the whole process of photographing. Of course, it is pleasant to be on the PP but still I not consider myself as a huru in photography. There are a lot of really great masters around on examples of whose one may, if he/she wants, to learn. For this particular shot I'm very critical - it is mainly the technique which helped me to take this statical shot and the chance to meet this birdie so close...
posted October 18th, 2012  
@rwhite Thank you, Rosie for your attention and your fav!
posted October 18th, 2012  
What wonderful markings and colours.
posted October 18th, 2012  
beautiful image and words
posted October 18th, 2012  
A great photo - so crisp and well focussed. Thanks for including the interesting information about the bird - your birds are so different from ours.
posted October 18th, 2012  
Wow! Check out that detail!
posted October 18th, 2012  
superb photo.... great focus; great colour; great clarity; great close up!!!
posted October 18th, 2012  
PS.....FAV : )
posted October 19th, 2012  
favtastic!
posted October 19th, 2012  
WOW that is beautiful
posted October 19th, 2012  
Fabulous capture Anatoly, the clarity is superb! Congrats on PP! Fav
posted October 19th, 2012  
We call them Great Tit! Great detail and a lovely pose! FAv
posted October 19th, 2012  
@mejbronant Thank you, Mair, for the name and for your fav! I've just published one more of it.
posted October 19th, 2012  
Wonderful capture.....found you from the PP
posted October 19th, 2012  
Fav for me! Love it!
posted October 20th, 2012  
fave! Wow, congrats on PP
posted October 22nd, 2012  
Simply Awesome!!!!
posted October 23rd, 2012  
beautiful colours and detail
posted October 23rd, 2012  
Wonderful image. What detail! I really enjoyed learning about this fine feathered friend.
posted October 25th, 2012  
Great little bird, thanks for the info about it!
posted October 26th, 2012  
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