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Black-Capped Chickadee

Black-Capped Chickadee
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Copyright: Rick Price (Adanac) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-02-05
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Eos 300D Digital Rebel, Canon 100-400/4.5-5.6L IS
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Vanderschelden's favourites, !Birds of a Feather [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-03-12 6:40
Viewed: 3572
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This little Black-Capped Chickadee was capture in the Cypress Hills Provincial Park. I like the pose he was caught in, as you know they are fast so normally you take what they give you.

Black-capped Chickadee
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Aves

Order: Passeriformes

Family: Paridae

Genus: Poecile

Species: P. atricapilla
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 's'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.

They are permanent residents, but sometimes move south within their range in winter. On cold winter nights, these birds reduce their body temperature by up to 10-12 °C to conserve energy.

These birds hop along tree branches searching for food, sometimes hanging upside down or hovering; they may make short flights to catch insects in the air. Insects form a large part of their diet, especially in summer; seeds and berries become important in winter. They sometimes hammer seeds on a tree or shrub to open them; they also will store seeds for later use. Black-capped Chickadees are known to remember the position of hundreds or more of their food caches for up to a month.

During the fall migration and winter, chickadees often flock together. Many other species of birds, including titmice, nuthatches, and warblers can often be found foraging in these flocks. Mixed flocks stay together because the chickadees call out whenever they find a good source of food. This calling out forms cohesion for the group, allowing the other birds to find food more efficiently. When flocking, Black-capped Chickadees soon establish a rigid social hierarchy.

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Hi Rick
Nice shot of this little bird. I have workshop for you. Hope you like it :)

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-03-12 7:08]

Hi Rick,

you do indeed have to be quick to catch these little chaps, so you've done a great job. Background is perfect and the overall composition is great. I can see what Ralf is trying to do in his workshop, but i think it makes the b/g a bit too noisy perhaps?

Thanks for sharing,


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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2007-03-12 7:47]

hi Rick,
c'est toujours un plaisir de voir cet oiseau, malheureusement je n'arrive pas à avoir le même résultat. Bonne netteté et jolie composition. Juste dommage que le BG soit gris.


Hi Rick,
Nice shot, good DOF and pose.

Hello Rick,
This is a representant of my little friends :) Yes, they are fast! I love this pose too, this nice composition and exposure. This neutral grey BG is very nice and I like this look it is giving you :) The WS worked well as it for sharpness. Thanks!

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2007-03-12 10:52]

Hi Rick,

I know the difficulty of this small fst flying object,but you did a great job,I think the light was not favourable,maybe you coul have applied some fillflash,anyway well done and TFS


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-03-12 12:29]

Hi Rick,

Lovely little Chickadee - I have never seen one. The colors and pose are wonderful. I do like the sharpness on the workshop.


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  • marcin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 138 W: 0 N: 268] (2057)
  • [2007-03-12 12:44]

Hi Rick
Nice shot, very nice pose,

You have a really nice shot here and yes Ralf definitely enhanced the image with his workshop. Either way though this is a very nice shot of the chick-a-dee. :)

An adorable picture of this Black-capped Chikadee, Rick.
The image is beautifully composed.
Great point of view, colors and details.
The gray BG is just perfect.
Thanks for sharing this great image.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-03-12 14:20]

Hi Rick,
Nice capture of the Black-capped Chickadee, alittle soft but well composed in its natural environment. I like its pose.
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-03-12 14:24]

Hello Rick,
Very nice shot of this cute bird nicely perched on the pines. Sharp details and nice soft light. The grey background looks really good behind him. Personally I would have cropped it a bit more on the left but on the whole a lovely composition.
TFS and regards, Ulla

very very cute, TFS Ori

Beautiful shot, I think it can stand a wee brightening
< as the mood is quite somber >. Did a quick WS, Tfs, Jay

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-03-12 17:49]

Hi Rick,
Nice capture against this so blurred background. Excellent details and perfect exposure.
TFS, José M.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-03-12 22:08]

Hello Rick

A very cute little chickadee.I like the natural setting you have captured him in.Excellent DOF with sharp details and lovely OOF BG.TFS


Hi Rick, a great shot of the chickadee on the spruce bough. Maybe a little dark (might have been like that) but you've picked up excellent texture on this guys feathers. It's very natural looking.

Thanks, John

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-03-13 0:54]

A very lovely, moody piece, Rick.
Maybe a bit on the dark side on my monitor screen,
but a beautiful composition with wonderful details and pose on that chickadee. You were even able to get a catchlight in the eye.
TFS. : )

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-03-13 2:44]

Hi Rick

Nice shot - I think the backgroung and pine needles compliment the colours of the bird well.


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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-03-14 6:29]

Perfect pose, superb colours and details, great foreground, BG with perfect colours and beautifully blurred
Couldn't ask for a better comp either!

This is a nice capture Rick. I like the simplicity of the shot both in composition and color. It looks like your focus was just a little low. The tree needles are sharper than the bird's head. I think that cropping a bit off the left side would simplify the composition even more and would off center the subject a bit.

Evelynn : )

Beautiful photo! Could be a Christmas Card. Love the little bird sitting on the fir branch..very nice. good DOF TFS

Thanks for your comments on my photo " Taking a Break (6) " :o)

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