Is it A TITMOUSE?

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Is it A TITMOUSE?

Postby valleymiss » Fri Nov 07, 2014 2:15 am

Imagebb8 by shutterbug19, on Flickr


I was out this afternoon trying to get a few photos. I took this photo and thought it was a tufted Titmouse,but when I edited the picture it was more blue than gray...so is it a Titmouse?Thanks



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Re: Is it A TITMOUSE?

Postby gordon » Fri Nov 07, 2014 2:45 am

Hi valleymiss,

Welcome to the forum!

I just fixed the bbcode for you so that the image will show from flickr.

Just going to have a look through some books. I seem to remember a Titmouse has a rufous wash on the flanks which I don't see on this bird but I'm not sure of variations.

Where did you get the photo?

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Re: Is it A TITMOUSE?

Postby valleymiss » Fri Nov 07, 2014 3:58 am

I took the photo in my backyard.I live in Mississippi in the Northwest part of the state.

Thank you for fixing the code. How do I do the code? I tried every method I knew . I have done these codes on other sites but really goofed on this one.

All other titmice I have seen are light gray in color and this bird ios blue...Thanks for your help.

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Re: Is it A TITMOUSE?

Postby gordon » Tue Nov 11, 2014 12:20 am

Hi valleymiss,

I have a look through the various species and the only thing I can think is that it's a Tufted Titmouse. I suspect the flank colour could be hidden by the pole and the very blue appearance may be a color change caused by the camera where the white balance may not have been spot on?

Do you have any other pictures of this bird?

Also Tufted is the only one that occurs around Mississippi.

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Re: Is it A TITMOUSE?

Postby valleymiss » Tue Nov 11, 2014 3:53 am

Imagebirdofblue2 by shutterbug19, on Flickr

Here is the only other one I have of this particular bird. Our cold weather is just beginning and I will have oodles of the tufted titmouse once all our seeds and insects are gone. Cardinals are my favorites to photograoh., I haven't seen any since during the summer,but they too,are hiding in the woods and forests...Thanks for helping nme. I was almost sure it was a Titmouse,but the color wasn't right. The white balance on my camera id set to automatic.

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Re: Is it A TITMOUSE?

Postby valleymiss » Tue Nov 11, 2014 4:05 am

Here is another picture of some Titmice I took last winter.

Image67tit by shutterbug19, on Flickr

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Re: Is it A TITMOUSE?

Postby gordon » Tue Nov 11, 2014 10:29 am

I still reckon it is a Tufted Titmouse and it's just the white balance happened to be out for those shots making the whites and greys appear much more blue than they should.

Lovely little critters though!! :bouncy:

Would love to see a Cardinal. One day a trip to the USA will be in order!

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Re: Is it A TITMOUSE?

Postby valleymiss » Tue Nov 11, 2014 7:07 pm

Thanks for your help. I am sure it is a titmouse and am glad to know why it was more blue than grey, I am not a professional photographer,and don't know a lot about white balance,shutter-speed etc. I was using a Sigma 75-300 lens and I never get good pictures with it. Here are some cardinal pics.

ImageIMG_0023ed by shutterbug19, on Flickr

I'll send some more later today.

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Re: Is it A TITMOUSE?

Postby gordon » Tue Nov 11, 2014 10:23 pm

Nothing wrong with your images or your lens!

I have an old Pentax and also just use my ancient 75-300mm cheapy zoom. Reality is I don't have the funds to spend $6000 on a 1DX or D4s and I certainly don't have another $10000-15000 to spend on 500mm+ prime lenses either, so I have to make the best of what I can afford... :yes:

Having said that I can still get some pretty decent images and you obviously do as well! :yes:

Love the Cardinal shot!

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Re: Is it A TITMOUSE?

Postby valleymiss » Wed Nov 12, 2014 1:59 am

I understand about the lens expense and the camera. I can't afford the better opnes either. My husband and I are on fixed incomes and have to save for something special like a new lens.

I enjoy trying to get different poses etc. of the birds. I also enjoy floral photography.

Here are a couple more cardinals... I tried to find one of a female,but have them on a disc and don't have it handy.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/7184561@N07/15581198699/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/7184561@N07/15581602248/

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