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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: 2008-07-20
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, 1/400 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Pentaxfriend's favorites 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-07-24 15:57
Viewed: 3533
Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
A Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus 12-14 cm) taken in the garden near the feeders.

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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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-07-24 16:47]

Salut Mario,une capture tres tres agreable,une autre photo de gran classe,je sais plus quoi dire.....eheheh..on peut pas commenter la perfection! Mes compliments,Luciano

Hi Mario,

Excellent POV, BG and sharpness
i love the catchlight in it's eye

TFS Thijs

Hello Mario,
Well done.
Well composed. Overall green BG. Good moment.

Nice moment captured. What is your monthly sunflower seed budget???? : )
How did you manage such an even green background. It sets off the little chickadee nicely.

Evelynn : )


Just dropping by to congratulate you on another great shot. Aren't chickadees one of the most cheerful little birds ever ? They surely are on my favorites list. Great work.

Take care,


Caught in action :) well captured image Mario, thanks


Hi Mario,
Best regards,

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-07-24 20:50]

Hello Mario,

Nice capture of this small bird. Image is very good with sharp clear details despite the obvious movement of the bird. Nice natural colors fitting well with the blurry background.

Thank you for sharing,

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-07-24 22:19]

Hello Mario,
A fine action shot of a Black-capped Chickadee about to fly off with his sunflower seed.
Nice POV and great contrast against the neutral green BG.
TFS this beauty,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-07-24 22:57]

Hello Mario
Wonderful shot of this Chickadee :o)
Perfect focusing,exposure and BG,Welldone.

Hi Mario,
Very nice action shot of Black-capped Chickadee. The combination of the seed in the bill and blurred wing tips creates a feeling that there is a lot going on. Nice sharp details, interesting BG, good composition and natural colours.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-07-25 2:55]

Hello Mario,
A nice moment you've caught here of this little Chickadee flapping its wings. Good focus on the eye and a beautiful background.
Many thanks, Ulla

Salut Mario,
Très belle capture de ce mésange. L'instant est bien choisi et l'effet des ailes donne un plus à la photo, pour moi. Le plumage est très sharp et se détache bien du fond vert uni à cause de la DOF.

Bonjour Mario,
la dynamique de cette photo est bien rendue grave au flou de l'aile, le reste est superbement net
Bien cordialement

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-07-25 10:27]

Hi Mario,

I'm so glad I came back and found your Chickadee. I wish you would send one down here. I love the fluttering wing and the seed in his mouth. Great timing to get this one and to capture it so well. Beautiful colors, details, background and composition.


Ciao Mario,
spettacolare momento di cattura, eccellenti POV e DOF, bellissima la composizione con il mosso delle ali, eccellente nitidezza, bellissimo BG.
Grazie e complimenti

Wonderful action.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-07-25 12:52]

Hi Mario. This must be from the same family as are Blue tit or coal tit they look so much the same in many ways. I like the pose with what look like the bird just about to fly away with its food. Fine detail and colours. with a nice POV/DOF. well done TFS.

have a good weekend.

Hi Mario,
You have grasped this moment superbly.
Excellent composition, colors and details.
Well done and good job!
TFS Malgosia

good photo :)

Bonjour Mario,

La capture du mouvement des ailes du mésange à tête noire est un atout à la composition. Les détails et les couleurs des plumes de l'oiseau sont clairs et nets. Le sujet est bien cadré. L'utilisation du trépied et du flash ont donné de bons résultats. Bonne soirée.


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