Coal Tit (Periparus ater)


Juvenile

The Coal Tit is a common visitor to gardens liking conifers. They are often found among mixed flocks in winter which include other tits such as great tits and blue tits. They are a non migrating species remaining the U.K over winter.
They are frequent visitors to bird feeders and will often take food to store for winter conditions when seed and insects become scarce. They are found in large numbers in Britain probably due to their easy integration into gardens and their ability to eat a wide range of food including peanuts from feeders. They are eager users of nesting boxes. This small bird is less striking than many of the Paridae family of birds. This one is a Juvenile not long fledged this is evidenced by yellow cheeks which will turn white when it reaches maturity. It is also displaying a very downy feathers which will be replaced by stronger external feathers as it ages.

This birds numbers are strong being classified as a green list species by the RSPB with nesting pairs of approximately 653,000 spread across much of the country.

This image was taken with a Canon 50d and sigma 70-200 2.8 at f4. I took the image at the full 200mm focal length but with this image as the subject was smaller I used an f stop of 4 in order to smooth out the background and add emphasis to the bird so it was not lost amongst the textured background. A shallower depth of field given by f4 was fine for this subject as it was smaller so the point of focus did not need to be so large.

I like this image as it was the first of this years fledgeling I have seen and I think the small delicate bird is well balanced with the thin branches of the olive tree it is sat in. I also like the lichen Xanthoria parietina which is present on the tree and is a good indicator as to the condition of the environment with it being often used to indicating air quality.

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Posted on July 17, 2011, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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