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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: 2008-02-20
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Canon EF 100-400 F4-5.6 L IS USM, ISO 200, B+W 77 010 UV-Haze 1 x
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/250 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-02-28 8:02
Viewed: 2626
Points: 54
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
A shot of the Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus 12-14 cm) taken at the same place, the boreal forrest of Montmorency.

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.

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Hi Mario
First of all I like OOF pine branch background. Sharpness is very good, photo is nicely composed
As always very good job
Best wishes

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-02-28 8:35]

Salut Mario,2 points as usual,great pic and wonderfull colours,thanks for share,Luciano

hello mario,
another fine capture, nice management of the exposure and good details of the plumage in this well composed shot,
tfs & regards

Bonjour Mario,

Je vois que tu as su profiter de ta visite à Montmorency, une très belle série de photos que tu nous présentes.
Celle-ci en fait partie également avec une belle lumière éclairant le sujet nous montrant d'excellents détails dans le plumage et des couleurs bien saturées et très naturelles. Bien fait!


Yikes, how'd you get him to sit still? Lovely capture, and an especially nice composition with the bit of snow on his beak. The background is soft, and it helps enhance this little guy. Very well done.

Hi Mario,
Very cute subject, sharp details, lovely setting, wonderful composition. Beautiful shot!!!!

This looks like a nice Christmas card shot. Wonderful focus and composition. Great job

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-02-28 12:07]

Hi Mario. You seem to still have snow at the moment any sign of it going yet. but it has not stopped you geting some great pictures for use to see. this cute little bird comes with fine detail and natural colours. well done TFS.

Hello Mario,
Well composed image.
I do like the perch...
Another very good image in this winter collection..

Immagine di una bellezza incredibile, lo sguardo non sfugge, composizione, dettagli e colori perfetti. Complimenti. Ciao Maurizio

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-02-28 13:33]

Hola Mario,
precioso ángulo de disparo,
original pov,
detalles hermosos y compo.

Hello Mario,
another great shot of your great work!
good pose in best DOF with sharpness, colour and details
well done

salut Mario

encore une superbe image, jolie pose du mésange, j'aimes ton POV
et la façon dont tu as cadré le mésange et la branche,
la netteté et les détails de l'avant-plan sont excellent, TFS


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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-02-28 16:08]

Ah, Mario, elles sont toutes plus mignonnes les unes après les autres, incroyable! Que dire que je n'ai déjà dit excepté qu'elle est vraiment cute et mignonne avec la neige sur son petit bec. Merci!


Hello Mario,
Great capture, excellent composition and pov, superb sharpness and depth of field, fantastic colors and very nice details, I love the snow on his face.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-02-28 22:37]

Hi Mario

Another superb shot - excellent POV with outstanding colours and detail. Well observed and captured.


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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-02-29 1:39]

Beautiful shot Mario.
I like the composition very much.
Stunning clarity and excellent sharpness.
Nice lighting and exposure... superb flash-work.
Brilliant DOF.
Very well done once again.

Hello Mario
Excellent shot of this Black-capped Chickadee,
Great focusing ,exposure and BG,Superb shot my friend.


Excellent detail seen on this Chickadee Mario. I can almost see you reflected in its eye. Excellent control throughout your process from photo through to final PP. It looks like it was digging in the snow, just before it posed for you.

Thanks, John

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-02-29 7:11]

Hi Mario,
Outstanding shot of this tiny beauty with awesome details and colours on its fluffy plumage. Superb lighting and exposure and the OOF BG looks fantastic. Great DOF and POV with the composition being top-class. Kudos.

hello Mario,
species very beautiful
eyes contact great
diagonal composition great
frame great
signature and POV/DOF great
sharp focus great
totally all of them wonderful. good notes.
thanks for sharing, best wishes

Hello Mario,
Another fantastic and lovely capture of your excelent photography. Superb comosistion, nice details and ligthing friend! Well done!
TFS and Cheers,

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-02-29 10:11]

Hola Mario.
Bella coleccion de pequeños pajarillos en tu galeria. Lo sorprendente es que cada una de ellas tiene un detalle en particular que las hace lucir de sobremanera, Unos por su pose, otros con copos de nive ect.
Muy bellas todas ellas Mario.
Un Saludo y un fuerte Abrazo.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-02-29 12:45]

Hi Mario

Another little jewel from you and another spot-on composition to present it in!
Again the details here are simply impeccable and the fill-in flash is superbly controlled - not to overexpose the bright parts, but enough to bring out the best of the darker areas.
Very good DOF and POV, too!

Bravo and TFS

Bonjour Mario,
Elle est superbe cette petite mésange avec ces flocons de neige sur le bec, superbe composition,très belles couleurs et détails.

Bonjour Mario,

Excellente composition. Superbe netteté. Belles couleurs. Photo parfaite.
Bonne journée,

Bonsoir Mario,

Ce mésange à tête noir sur la branche semble vouloir ce protéger du froid. Les détails et les couleur de l'oiseau sont clair et précis. Le sujet est bien cadré. Bonne soirée.


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