You Have To Be Fast To Photograph The Tufted Titmouse

The Tufted Titmouse will come into my feeders and grab a sunflower seed and then it will carry it to a perch and crack it with sharp whacks of its stout bill.

I don’t like taking photos of birds on my feeders so trying to photograph this fast bird on a limb is difficult. Most of the time I will hear the high, whistled peter-peter-peter song well before I see the bird which helps me to get ready.

Having lots of other birds at the feeder also helps because the Tufted Titmouse has to wait a second to find an opening to be able to grab a seed. I try to place a limb in the right spot for it to land on and then keep my fingers crossed that it does.

A Tufted Titmouse Photo-120315-3237

A Tufted Titmouse In My Yard

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Another View Of A Tufted Titmouse

They are more shy when seen at bird feeders; their normal pattern is to scout the feeder from the cover of trees or bushes, fly to the feeder, take a seed, and fly back to cover to eat it. (Wikipedia)

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  1. Miriam March 16, 2012 at 9:20 am #

    It might be hard to do, but you make it look easy!

  2. Steve Creek March 16, 2012 at 11:17 am #

    Thank you Miriam!

  3. judi king March 16, 2012 at 11:29 am #

    You captured the things I love about the tufted titmouse; it’s whispy feathers, and beautiful gray mouse colors. I do so love how fast they are and how they sprint from tree to tree.
    Great capture!

  4. Beverly Everson March 16, 2012 at 1:09 pm #

    Yes, you do!! Great job!

  5. Debbie Milller March 17, 2013 at 9:35 am #

    They sure are fast! Beautiful work Steve!

  6. Raden Adams March 17, 2013 at 4:27 pm #

    You have described the challenge of capturing this little bird perfectly. I have several all around my feeders also but they are so very quick.

  7. Steve Creek March 17, 2013 at 4:42 pm #

    Thank you Debbie and Raden for the comment.

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