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The Black-capped Chickadee

The Black-capped Chickadee
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Copyright: Mircea Costina (mirceax) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 229 W: 49 N: 1356] (6261)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-01-16
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D50, Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 DG Macro
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/800 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-01-18 14:09
Viewed: 2584
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Black-capped Chickadee, Poecile atricapilla, is a small songbird, a passerine bird in the tit family Paridae. Often, it is still placed in the genus Parus with most other tits, but mtDNA cytochrome b sequence data and morphology suggest that separating Poecile more adequately expresses these birds' relationships (Gill et al., 2005). The American Ornithologists' Union has been treating Poecile as distinct genus for some time already.

Adults have a black cap and bib with white sides to the face. Their underparts are white with rusty brown on the flanks; their back is grey. They have a short dark bill, short wings and a long tail.

Their breeding habitat is mixed or deciduous woods in Canada, Alaska and the northern United States. They nest in a hole in a tree; the pair excavates the nest, using a natural cavity or sometimes an old woodpecker nest. They may interbreed with Carolina Chickadees or Mountain Chickadees where their ranges overlap. The Black-capped and Carolina chicadees are virtually impossible to tell apart visually, but they are readily distinguished by call. Their point of overlap is near New Brunswick, New Jersey.

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Hello Mircea,
A beautiful shot of this little buddie!
I like a lot the way you manage and builds all of your compositions.
Great POV, and wonderful background got with the very appropiate DOF value used.
Congratulations, thanks for share and best regards,

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-01-18 16:11]

Hello Mircea,
Fine capture of the Chickadee with excellent BG and lighting and composition.
TFS and best wishes,

Hola Mircea,
Bonita captura de este pequeño pájaro, buena nitidez y composición con la luz y fondo muy agradables. Saludos

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2007-01-18 18:01]

Hello Mircea,
Great shot, very good POV and pose. Very well done .TFS

Hi Mircea

This is beautiful. Congrats!

great composition of the cutest thing, TFS Ori

Hello Mircea,
Even if your bird is farther than mine I like it also. This is different. I like this composition, POV , details and exposure. Focus seems good to me. Well done and TFS'

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  • fthsm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 172 W: 56 N: 512] (3689)
  • [2007-01-19 10:17]

Hi Mircea,
Cute model, sharp image and nice composition. A bit small in frame but really good.

Bonjour Mircea
Une parfaite présentation de cette Mésange. L'oiseau est parfaitement exposé et il ressort bien avec ce beau Bg .Félicitations pour la pose de l'oiseau et la qualité de l'image.
Merci Rt au revoir....JP
Les sourires demain

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-01-20 4:49]

Lovely shot, beautiful composition and lovely light and colours. Great POV.



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  • Isu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 313 W: 0 N: 21] (1663)
  • [2007-01-23 21:11]

Hola Mircea, boita foto buena presentaciòn,colores nitidoz y agradables. Saludos Sira

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