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Re: bcintbird-pics Bushtit (Psaltriparus minimus) Derek Kite Sun Feb 12 10:00:47 2012

I too was thinking owl.

Great shot. Having spent quite a bit of time trying to get a shot of a
winter wren last weekend (unsuccessfully), I know how tough these shots are
to get.

Derek

On Sun, Feb 12, 2012 at 8:31 AM, Rick Howie <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:

> This is a really nice shot Len. I like the details and the fluffiness of
> this bird. Ditto to Alistair's comments. I wonder if Bushtit morphology is
> a
> bit different than that of many passerines. Their eyes seem set closer to
> the bill and "appear" more frontally oriented than laterally as in typical
> passerines. I don't know if the skull structure is really varied in that
> way
> or it is simply an optical aberration based on the perfect camera angle.
> They look almost owl-like in orientation where the eyes really are
> forward-facing in order to maximize binocular vision. Typically, passerines
> have eyes that are laterally-oriented which results in much-reduced
> binocular capability but maximizes lateral and vertical vision. This can be
> an advantage when detecting predators for example, or exploiting food
> resources which can exist in a hemispheric space around the head.
>
> When next looking at some of my past shots, I will see if I have any with
> such an angle and whether the eyes seem so forward. Again, great work as
> you
> molder away in front of the TV.
>
> Rick Howie
> Kamloops
>
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> I liked the expression on this females (gold eyes) face.
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