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Taken in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

“The White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) is a small songbird of the nuthatch family which breeds in old-growth woodland across much of temperate North America. It is a stocky bird, with a large head, short tail, powerful bill and strong feet. The upper parts are pale blue-gray, and the face and underparts are white. It has a black cap and a chestnut lower belly. The nine subspecies differ mainly in the color of the body plumage.

Like other nuthatches, the White-breasted Nuthatch forages for insects on trunks and branches, and is able to move head-first down trees. Seeds form a substantial part of its winter diet, as do acorns and hickory nuts that were stored by the bird in the fall. The nest is in a hole in a tree, and the breeding pair may smear insects around the entrance as a deterrent to squirrels. Adults and young may be killed by hawks, owls and snakes, and forest clearance may lead to local habitat loss, but this is a common species with no major conservation concerns over most of its range." Wikipedia

Nikon D300
ISO 250
EV 0.00
Spot Metering
No Flash
550 MM
WB Sunny


  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarkeabout 4 years ago

    Beautiful capture. Such a beautiful little bird.

  • Thank you very much Bunny

    – Michael Cummings

  • bluerabbit
    bluerabbitabout 4 years ago

    What cutie!

  • Thank you :-)

    – Michael Cummings

  • Brian Dodd
    Brian Doddabout 4 years ago

    Beautiful Capture!!

  • Thank you Brian

    – Michael Cummings

  • JaniceMachado
    JaniceMachadoabout 4 years ago

  • Thanks Janice

    – Michael Cummings

  • Franklin Lindsey
    Franklin Lindseyabout 4 years ago

    I love Michael how your focusing on capturing these very hard to get, small birds. Great job from a great photographer.

  • Thanks Franklin, they can be a challenge to photograph

    – Michael Cummings

  • Leslie van de Ligt
    Leslie van de ...about 4 years ago

    Michael I just love this capture.Great detail and full justice to this charming bundle of feathers. Can you just add Canada to your location.. :>)) Leslie

  • Thanks Leslie. Location added

    – Michael Cummings

  • Rick  Friedle
    Rick Friedleabout 4 years ago

    Great shot!

  • Thanks Rick

    – Michael Cummings

  • 1stImpressions
    1stImpressionsabout 4 years ago

    excellent michael

  • Thank you :-)

    – Michael Cummings

  • Warren. A. Williams
    Warren. A. Wil...about 4 years ago

    Nice take

  • Thank you Warren

    – Michael Cummings

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerabout 4 years ago

    Lovely capture!

    20 December 2010 … one image a day

  • Thanks Trish

    – Michael Cummings

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