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Blackcapped Chickadee at rest

Blackcapped Chickadee at rest
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Copyright: jeanpaul Bolduc (jeanpaul) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2097 W: 99 N: 3518] (14962)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-01-22
Categories: Birds
Camera: Pentax *ist D, 70-300mm f4-5.6
Exposure: f/4.8, 1/180 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-01-23 19:02
Viewed: 3357
Points: 38
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Blackcapped Chickadee

The chickadee is probably the first bird we spotted in our yard. We had one at the small cottage house we had before this one with no backyard what so ever but we had a chickadee. He had a permanently broken leg that sort of stuck out to the side but he sure could get around on the ground just fine. We called him Twit Bird. No particular reason, it just popped into my head. I really hated leaving him behind. We had wild bird seed we purchased from a grocery store at the time with one small terracotta feeder. As we started to get more birds we got larger feeder and better quality seed. We have three feeders now. I plan to put more up this year plus some birdhouses if I can ever get my husband into the garage long enough to turn out some. I love birdhouses and have several decorative ones indoors but they don't do my birds much good.

The chickadee is a very social little bird and they don't seem to fear humans that much. I figure they must have a lot of faith in their being precocious enough to protect them. Around here they have to get to the feeders when the house finches and gold finches are off doing something else. They love the black oiled sunflower seeds and adore peanut butter pinecones. I make a mixture with chopped raisins, chunky peanut butter, corn meal and wild bird seed. The flickers like it too so I have to have a stout string and a large cone. Picture a cow trying to stand on an 8 X 10 piece of paper and you can get the picture of the first time a flicker landed on the small cone I had. We have one feeder very near the front door and the chickadees rarely bat an eye when you open the door.

We get the blackcapped mostly but do see the chestnut backed occasionally. They like to splash in the birdbath then hop up on the fence to preen and dry their feathers. The chickadees stay the year round and are eager feeders during the few snow storms we have here in Western Washington. I hadn't seen a Chestnut Backed for a couple years but I saw one this year

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Salut Jeanpaul,
Très joli ton petit ami,J'aime beaucoup les détails et la composition,

Fantastic image, superb detail. well done

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-01-23 20:32]

Hello Jeanpaul

A cute little fellow.Nice detail with good DOF and POV .The Blurred BG is very well done.I like the lichen covered branch,adds to the lovely composition.TFS


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-01-23 20:53]

Hi JeanPaul,
Thanks for this well composed capture , with great details and colors.

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  • zeca Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 373 W: 14 N: 539] (2887)
  • [2007-01-23 21:24]

Jean Paul, since I knew this bird in Canadá, he became my favorite! Very cute! Nice soft lights and excellent sharp details!

hi jean paul,
nice capture,
well composed,
nice point of view,
tfs & regards

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  • JPlumb Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 618 W: 158 N: 896] (2904)
  • [2007-01-23 22:25]

Hi Jean-Paul, another great shot of the Black-capped Chickadee. Its nicely composed with good depth of field and great detail.

Thanks, John

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  • Dave Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 503 W: 43 N: 657] (2178)
  • [2007-01-23 23:45]

Good one, well done!

Hi JeanPaul,
Nicely composed with details to appreciate. Color saturation and exposure are great. Thanks for sharing this lovely picture.

Hi Jeanpaul,
Excellent capture here.
Nice and clear pin sharp details.
POV and colors are superb.
Great job.

Very pretty bird. Perfect shot. TFS.

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2007-01-24 2:52]

bonjour Jean Paul,
c'est toujours un plaisir de voir de telles images. Cette mésange à un côté doux que lui confère son plumage en position "assise".
Vraiment très beau.

bonne journée

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-01-24 4:41]

Hello Jean Paul,
Very nice capture.I liked details on feathers,catchlight in eyes,POV,BG and composition a lot.Have a great day!

Hello JP,

Another excllent photo from you my friend, excllent details very crisp perfect detail svery crisp, I really like how you composed the shot, TFS Kyle

bonjour jeanpaul

jolie mésange prise en contre plongée bravo


Magnífica captura Jeanpaul. Estupendo acercamiento. El pajarillo parece que se escondía de tí. Buena nota informativa.
Un saludo amigo, JL.

bonjour jp
ah changement de sujet!!
mais pas de qualité!!
c'est toujours aussi bon,mise a part un peu la tête qui me semble un peu moins pointue que le reste.

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  • Isu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 313 W: 0 N: 21] (1663)
  • [2007-01-24 18:35]

Hola Jeanpaul, entrañable imagen del pajarito. Buenos detalles y colores. Saludos Sira

Bonsoir Jean-Paul,

Une belle image de ce mésange à tête noire, la photo a une bonne composition, netteté et de jolies couleurs. Bonne soirée.


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