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Black-capped Chickadee

Black-capped Chickadee
Photo Information
Copyright: Mario Belanger (EOSF1) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-10-04
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Canon EF 100-400 F4-5.6 L IS USM, ISO 400, B+W 77 010 UV-Haze 1 x
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/200 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Pentaxfriend's favorites [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-12-29 11:05
Viewed: 3536
Points: 46
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
Sometimes, Black-capped Chickadees :-)(Poecile atricapillus 12-14 cm) can stay still for a second or two. Here's one of these rare moments. :-)

From: www.birds.cornell.edu

One of the most familiar and beloved birds in northern North America, the Black-capped Chickadee is a frequent visitor to bird feeders. Its apparently cheerful activity throughout the harshest winters has won it the admiration of many people.

Small, short-billed bird.
Black cap.
Black bib.
White cheeks.

Size: 12-15 cm (5-6 in)
Wingspan: 16-21 cm (6-8 in)
Weight: 9-14 g (0.32-0.49 ounces)
Sex Differences
Sexes look alike.

Song: two or three notes whistled, with first higher in pitch, "fee-bee-ee." Call: suggests name "chick-a-dee-dee."

Conservation Status
Black-capped Chickadees have benefited from human-provided food and nest boxes, as well as increased forest edges caused by deforestation. However, overzealous forest management can reduce or eliminate natural nest sites.

Other Names
Mésange à tête noire (French)

Cool Facts

The Black-Capped Chickadee hides seeds and other food items for later recovery. Each item is placed in a different spot and a bird can remember thousands of hiding places.

The chickadee's simple-sounding calls have been found to be extremely complex and language-like. They code information on identity and recognition of other flocks as well as predator alarms and contact calls.

Breeding pairs and nonbreeders join up into flocks outside of the breeding season. Nonbreeders may be members of several flocks, with a different position in the dominance hierarchy of each flock.

jaycee, Pentaxfriend, earthtraveler, nglen, eqshannon, vanderschelden, SelenE, CatStevens, Juyona, CeltickRanger, Adanac, Luis52, Argus, NinaM has marked this note useful
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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-12-29 11:21]

Hi Mario,

A beautiful Chickadee captured perfectly. The pose is just wonderful showing him off very well. Excellent colors and sharp details - as always.


parades Mario.

amazing shot. Very well done. tfs.Stev

Hi Mario,

This beautiful Black-capped Chickadee stays still specialy for you to take this marvelous picture.
Superb compo
excellent sharp and well detailed
Perfect lighting, POV, DOF and BG

TFS and a Happy and Healty 2008

Hi Mario,
Fine shot of the Chickadee. Great POV to see it's colorations.
Fine detail and comp. TFS

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-12-29 12:08]

Hi Mario. I was just looking at your shot with my daughter and she commented that the Chickadee is very much the same as our Coal Tit. They have almost the same markings. which you have capture so well with good detail and natural colours. well done TFS.
Nick.. good nate too.

A Happy New Year To You.

This one has a particularly pleasing quality to it Mario. Not just because it is a favorite bird of mine, but something about the way it blends with background. If I co9e up with a word for it, other than well done..I'll let ya know.

Hello Mario,
I do like the perching here.
Very good composition and pose.
Nice catch-light in the eye.
Well done

Hello Mario,
Another excellent shot of the Chickadee!
perfect sharpness always in great details of the bird
good DOF against a good dark bg!
well done indeed

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-12-29 13:33]

Hi Mario,
Pose, composition, focus, sharpness and details are very nice. TFS
Best wishes,

Hi Mario,

Excellent composition and detail. Super DOF and POV.
Oh... I know that they can move all the time.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-12-29 14:00]

Hola amigo Mario,
delicada captura y bello pov,
excelente nitidez...
Happy New Year¡¡¡

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2007-12-29 17:00]

Every day you have a big pic to show us,thanks fot the quality and the note,very interesting gallery,have a nice 2008,Luciano

salut Mario

tout comme avec les photos de Joseph (Jossim)
quand j'ai vu le thumnail j'ai reconnu ta marque de commerce
ta signature et me suis dit « ça c'est une photo de Mario ! »

comme d'habitude c'est tout est excellent :
focus, détails du plumage, pov et cadrage de l'image

ce que je rajouterais c'est que j'aimes l'arrière plan
et me donne l'impression qu'il y a une vide derrière l'oiseau



hello mario,

Lovely shot of the Chickadee , as usual the image is of superb quality , nicely exposed shot, pleasing composition,

wish you a very happy new year 2008,

best wishes,

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-12-29 19:55]

Hola Mario. Bella foto, Exelente pose, Gran nitidez, Muy bellos colores y fino fondo.
Saludos Luis52.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-12-29 21:42]

Hello Mario,
This is a great capture of a Black-capped Chickadee, the stretched out pose being unusual and expressing tension and eagerness. Superb sharpness and composition and the darkess of the BG is just right with the use of flash.
An excellent shot of professional standard.
Thanks for sharing this,

Eccelente composizione, ottimi nitidezza e colori.
Buon Anno

Bonjour Mario,
excellente photo, ces petites mésanges sont vraiment difficiles à photographier à cause du noir de la tête, pas évident d'avoir l'oeil qui ressort comme il faut mais tu démontre une fois de plus que tu es un maître en la matière, quels détails !!!! Le background est splendide et met bien en évidence de magnifique petit oiseau,
amitié et bonne année

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2007-12-30 0:44]

Hi Mario,

Yeah,I know what it is to chase those small and fast birds,but you made a lovely composition,well done and tfs


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-12-30 2:18]

Hello Mario,
This stub is still very attractive to the birds. This Chickadee is sitting in a wonderful pose and you are doing the rest. Excellent colours and sharpness. Very good composition and POV.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-12-30 4:18]

Hello Mario,
Masterpiece of an image the point of view, composition, depth of field, focus and exposure are all superb. The catchlight wonderful and splendid notes. Well done Mario and Happy New Year.

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2007-12-30 5:22]

L'as-tu empaillée pour qu'elle reste immobile?? ;-) Voilà un superbe portrait de mésange, on croirait qu'elle part en mission sur le Mont Everest. Très jolie pose capturée avec beaucoup d'adresse et de finesse. Merci!


Bonjour Mario,

Un bon cadrage de ce mésange à tête noire sur ce tronc d'arbre qui ne semble pas inquiet de la présence du photographe. La prise de vue permet de voir les détails et les couleurs de l'oiseau. Une belle réussite, merci du partage.


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