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Copyright: Trevor McLeod (rapidshot) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 225 W: 0 N: 419] (2844)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2014-07-31
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon PowerShot SX 50 HS
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/125 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-08-08 11:14
Viewed: 1506
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Here I got a shot of a Black Capped Chickadee eating a caterpillar. They apparently eat them fairly often. This is the first time I've photographed it though. I'll have to keep an eye out for it in the future.

Diet and foraging

Chickadees will take food such as seeds from feeders and trays over to a tree branch to hammer them open.
Insects (especially caterpillars) form a large part of their diet in summer. The 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. Seeds and berries become more important in winter, though insect eggs and pupae remain on the menu. Black oil sunflower seeds are readily taken from bird feeders. The birds take a seed in their bill and commonly fly from the feeder to a tree, where they proceed to hammer the seed on a branch to open it.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2014-08-08 12:04]

Hi Trevor,isn't your best pic but you made the best in this very difficult location,the blurred branch is a big disturb element but the DOF on the chickadee is perfect to have the best detail.Have a nice WE and thanks,Luciano

This is an exceptionally beautiful image.
I've never seen this species eating a caterpillar.
Thanks for sharing.

Ciao Trevor, very difficult location for this lovely bird, splendid light, wonderful colors and excellent clarity, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Hello Trevor-Beautiful timing to capture this Chickadee when busy with the green Caterpillar.Both are well focused and detailed.Natural colour and sharpness.Details on branches are also good.Thanks for sharing.Regards and have a nice WE-Srikumar

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  • john1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 122 W: 0 N: 439] (3410)
  • [2014-08-09 9:53]

Hi Trevor,

A difficult shot, I think. But here the focus is perfect because the details are beautiful.
Damage to the branches of trees, but it's not easy sometimes.
thank you for sharing.
A great weekend.
john Vantighem

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