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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: 2007-11-18
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, 1/100 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-11-20 12:12
Viewed: 3460
Points: 48
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
A Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus 12-14 cm) enjoying a little snack. :-)

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.

nglen, earthtraveler, eqshannon, elroyie, spencertraci, Ena, wallhalla15, mariki, Debz, SelenE, Maite, Hormon_Manyer, NinaM, undoredo, pierrefonds has marked this note useful
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Fine Chickadee Mario,
I was just shooting some 2 hrs ago. Doubt if they'll look anywheres near this sharp or noisless.Also great POV/pose and pleasing bright BG.

Is it possible that you are getting better? Is there such a thing? Well this certainly looks great. Everything I have said...before...add those words here...

Very cute picture of a very cute bird, good compo and colours.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-11-20 12:51]

Hello Mario,
Another beauty. And your exhibition is growing and growing with again a quality photo. Perfect sharpness and colours. The soft light colours in the BG are amazing. Fantastic composition and POV. Are you photographing for 24 hours a day?
Best regards,

Oups, les grands esprits se rencontrent Mario, je viens aussi de mettre une mésange a tête noire, si j'avais vu la tienne avant je ne l'aurais pas mis, suis gêné moi maintenant, quelle qualité encore une fois ....pfffff

I love your photograph - it's so clean and sharp and the bird is just beautiful!

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2007-11-20 15:01]

bonjour Mario
c'est le retour de l'hivers je vois que l'appareil tourne à plein régime. Très belle image, notamment dans la douceur générale qui s'en dégage. C'est bien réalisé, agréable a regard et esthétique.


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  • Ena Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 324 W: 61 N: 594] (2454)
  • [2007-11-20 16:03]

Hello Mario,
Excellent shot! Wonderful details and sharpness!
Best regards

Hello Mario,
very beautiful captured of this chickadee!
total sharpness, vivid colour and so much details in a best pose captured again!
very well done
all the best

Hello Mario,
Amazing details in the chickadee!
Good point of view to expose the bird at a good angle, a well composed presentation...
The macro work is well done, attractive colour palette!
Pablo -

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-11-21 0:48]

Finally! Been looking out for your next post for ages!
And what a fine one it is!
Once again outstanding detail and sharpness.
Brilliant composition and POV.
Good DOF aswell.
Well done Mario!

Hello Mario,
this is a very good bird picture. Great sharpness, POV and a very nice bg. This is a very good composition. Thank you.

Bonjour Mario,

Très belle photo de cette mésange à tête noire. Cette branche à l'air d'être un perchoir très prisé. Très bons détails du plumage et bon contrast avec l'arrière plan.
Bonne journée,

Bonjour Mario,

Très joli cliché de cette mésange.Bon sang, mais si tu continues à les nourrir comme ça, elles vont devenir obèses!! non, je plaisante bien sûr ;o)
Aujourd'hui, ce doit être une journée sous le signe de la tendresse, car à l'instar de la photo de Pat que je viens de voir,celle-ci est également d'une grande douceur qui n'est pas sans me rappeler certaines photos argentiques avec une finesse de grain tout particulier...


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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-11-21 1:49]

HI Mario, what a beautiful shot! The little Chickadee is very well focused with a great pov and exposure. Feathers and soft but clear and sharp with good light and wonderful colours. Nice to see him with his beak open. Great composition all in a natural setting. Charming.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-11-21 5:50]

Hi Mario,
Nice capture of this cute fellow. Background colors, POV and composition are very good. TFS
Best wishes,

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-11-21 7:39]

What a marvellous picture, Mario!!
I love all in it. Bird, pose, colors, composition, perfect details, excellent DOF, framing, presentation... A master-piece!
Congratulations and thank you very much for sharing.

Hello Mario , good comp. and sharpness , TFS.

Bonjour Mario,
You have so many bird photos, and all of them are so excellent, that I'm afraid I can only repeat myself about perfect compo, sharpness etc. So, instead of the clichés just a mosaic word: tfs! And of course, congrats. Best regards from Central Europe, László

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-11-21 10:53]

Hi Mario. You have done such a good job on this one i can see a reflection in the eye. The pose looks as if he is calling you for some food. you have once again captured fine detail in the feathers , with natural colours. a nice POV/DOF. well done TFS. good notes too.

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2007-11-21 18:22]

Bonsoir Mario, une autre réussite, surtout, un autre bel oiseau que tu partages. Merci pour ta patience et ta détermination, nous sommes privilégiés de voir toutes ces belles photos. Merci!


Hello Mario,
Nice capture. Beautiful BG. Well composed.
I'm quite familiar wit the "chick-a-dee-dee";-)
Well done

Hello Mario,
You present here very pretty and my favorite bird. :-)
Very cute pose of the young chickadee you've captued, with delicate details and superb focusing.
Also, amazing lovely BG and composition here.
Many thanks for your series of bird shots.
Best regards,

Bonsoir Mario,

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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