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Nuthatch against a background of Autumn leaves.

Nuthatch – Sitta europaea. Devon, UK

Canon 50D
Canon 500mm F4 IS plus 1.4 x Extender
ISO 500
Evaluative Metering -2/3

This is the only species of nuthatch in the UK. Unlike woodpeckers and treecreepers, they commonly descend tree trunks headfirst.

They live for about 11 years and are found in England and Wales, France and Iberia, east through much of the Mediterranean area to parts of Turkey and the Caucasus and north to southern Scandinavia and Russia. They also breed in a limited area of Morocco.

Their favoured habitats include woodland, parks and gardens, and they sometimes visit bird tables. They feed on insects, as well as nuts and seeds, which they hammer into trees and split open with their sharp beak.

Nuthatches are agile birds that spend the majority of their time in the trees. They are able to run headfirst down trunks as well as upwards, picking insects from the bark.

Nuthatches nest in holes in trees, often plastering up the hole with mud if it is too large. They lay 6-9 eggs, which are incubated for 14-15 days. The chicks fledge after 23-25 days.


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  • pat oubridge
    pat oubridgealmost 6 years ago

    Wow this is gorgeous Neil

  • Thank you Pat :-)

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  • jesika
    jesikaalmost 6 years ago

    Beauty!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So much action & speed in this glorious image.

  • Thank you Jesika :-)

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  • Jonicool
    Jonicoolalmost 6 years ago

    Very cool capture, the colors are fab!

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  • gdanen
    gdanenalmost 6 years ago

    Perfect colour and motion!

  • Thank you Jerry, much appreciated.

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  • GlennAlderson
    GlennAldersonalmost 6 years ago

    The motion & blend of colour works well in this…………well done!

  • Thank you Glenn :-)

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  • Anne Smyth
    Anne Smythalmost 6 years ago

    lovely feel to this

  • Thank you Anne :-)

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  • velveteagle
    velveteaglealmost 6 years ago

    Oh I love how this came out..

  • Thank you Chuck, much appreciated :-)

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  • PigleT
    PigleTalmost 6 years ago

    Well, that says `energy’ like none other :)

  • Thank you for your comment, much appreciated:-)

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