Photo of the Nuthatch bird; Recently becoming a frequent visitor and a pleasure to watch & photo shoot. A very fast/versatile operator and will be posting quite a few images considering it’s frequent visits. For me the most important aspect of this particular composition is emphasising – not overriding – the harsh/natural shades/shadows; this really helps sometimes to create very interesting effects. Not much editing applied here beyond the work on the light aspect. Hope you enjoy!
About the Bird
Nuthatches are compact birds with short legs, compressed wings, and square 12-feathered tails. They have long, sturdy, pointed bills and strong toes with long claws. Nuthatches have blue-grey backs (violet-blue in some Asian species, which also have red or yellow bills) and white underparts, which are variably tinted with buff, orange, rufous or lilac. This particular one in the photo is the Eurasian Nuthatch.
Nuthatches prefer a fairly temperate climate; northern species live near sea level whereas those further south are found in cooler highland habitats. Eurasian and red-breasted nuthatches are lowland birds in the north of their extensive ranges, but breed in the mountains further south. All nuthatches nest in cavities; except for the two species of rock nuthatches, all use tree holes, making a simple cup lined with soft materials on which to rest eggs.