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White Breasted Nuthatch by Michael Cummings

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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
1/250
F5.6
ISO 320
EV 0.00
Spot Metering
No Flash
550 MM
Monopod
WB Sunny

Tags

birds, nuthatch, insect, nature, wildlife, trees, seeds, ecology

Comments

  • joycee
    joyceeover 3 years ago

    Beautiful shot Michael. Love it.

  • Thank you very much Joyce

    – Michael Cummings

  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarkeover 3 years ago

    What a cutie. Great capture and details.

  • Thank you Bunny

    – Michael Cummings

  • Bill Maynard
    Bill Maynardover 3 years ago

    Great image, love the bokeh. Does this little guy eat meat?

  • Just for you Bill I am sure we can train one or two to be a carnivore

    – Michael Cummings

  • HELUA
    HELUAover 3 years ago

    Very sweet capture!!

  • Thank you very much Helua

    – Michael Cummings

  • Navigator
    Navigatorover 3 years ago

    I love nuthatches, especially the way they often walk upside down on a tree! They’re fast too. Nice capture.

  • Thank you very much Nav

    – Michael Cummings

  • Manon Boily
    Manon Boilyover 3 years ago

    beautiful picture Michael! the background is great and makes a nice contrast. the light is top ;)

  • Thank you very much Manon :-))

    – Michael Cummings

  • AuntDot
    AuntDotover 3 years ago

    Another great capture, Michael! You’re good!!

  • Thanks Aunt Dot

    – Michael Cummings

  • Jacinthe Brault
    Jacinthe Braultover 3 years ago

    Nice picture Michael:lovely combination of colours, bokeh and sharp detail on the Nuthatch.

  • Gotta love Nikon LOL

    – Michael Cummings

  • Kratos
    Kratosover 3 years ago

    Beautiful…

  • Thank you Laurie

    – Michael Cummings

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerover 3 years ago

    Beautifully captured Michael!

    12 January 2011 … one image a day

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