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Black-capped Chickadee

Black-capped Chickadee
Photo Information
Copyright: Richard Vincent (earthtraveler) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 427 W: 123 N: 947] (3483)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-09-05
Categories: Birds
Camera: Panasonic DMC-FZ50
Exposure: f/3.7, 1/160 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-09-06 7:14
Viewed: 3178
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Black-capped Chickadee
Poecile atricapilla

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.

Source: Cornel Lab of Ornithology
All About Birds website

Aperture Priority
F-Stop 3.7
Exp. 1/160 sec.
Lens 420mm equivalent

Thank you all for taking a look and to you who choose to share your thoughts... I appreciate it.

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hello richard,
fine capture of Black-capped Chickadee, liked the pov and the composition, good dof,
tfs & regards

Hello Richard
A lovely detailed capture of a bird that is new to me..the head and cheek markings are very reminiscent of the UK.s Great Tit...Tfs

This is a nice capture Richard. Don't you wish s/he had been facing the other directions so that the cute head and beak didn't partially disappear against the dark tree. Wildlife photography entails some skill and a lot of luck and a lot of patience/time. I think I fall short in all of the above!

I do like the colors in your shot and the nice background.

Evelynn : )

Among my favorite of the bird family. I have a picture in my head...and on a hand painted box from my deceased father. A very good picture in all ways.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-09-06 10:36]

Hello richard,
Good sharp photo with good details. Nice colours and BG. Good POV and composition.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-09-06 20:22]

Hello Richard

A very lovely shot of this chickadee.The focus and details are sharp.Very good exposure even though it is under the trees.The lighting is well handled.The colours are rich.TFS


Hello Richard,
I loved all your bird photos in rich colour, good close-up, sharpness and very details in every one of them!
very good job and well seen indeed
A lot of useful notes and information too
thanks for sharing

Bonjour Richard, très belle photo et très belle pose de cette mésange à tête noire, beaucoup de détails dans le plumage et de jolie couleurs pour bien completer cette très belle composition,

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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-09-07 7:41]

Hi Richard, this is a nice shot of the Chickadee, they have the colouring of our long tailed tits and the markings similar to our great tits. This one has a nice pov in profile with great detail and sharpness on the feathers. Beautifully positioned on the tree with a great dof. Great composition.
:) tomorrow

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-09-08 8:30]

Richard, Very nice capture of this bird, lovely DOF and PoV Ganesh smiley tomorrow

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