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Hungry Chickadee

Hungry 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: 2007-09-06
Categories: Birds
Camera: Panasonic DMC-FZ50
Exposure: f/3.7, 1/125 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-01-08 7:51
Viewed: 3637
Points: 62
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Back in sunny, warm, and green September I had some fun luring yard birds onto branches I had baited with sunflower chips. Being able to position the branches with lighting and background taken into account was a great help with getting a more favorable image. Hope you like this one.

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
ISO 200
F-Stp 3.7
Exp. 1/125 sec.
Lens 420mm equivalent

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lemur, JoseMiguel, fartash, eqshannon, nglen, jaycee, SelenE, Adanac, NinaM, rcrick, Ena, marhowie, Alex99, Necipp, jcoowanitwong, vanderschelden, Luis52 has marked this note useful
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  • lemur Silver Note Writer [C: 4 W: 0 N: 52] (191)
  • [2008-01-08 7:58]

Good capture of what i personally find to be a difficult bird to photograph. The chickadees around here never seem to sit still long enough to press the shutter. TFS.

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2008-01-08 8:01]

Hi Richard,

A nice composition of this small greedy fellow,well done and tfs


Hi Richard,
Amazing capture!
Details got are pretty amazing, crystal clear and very sharp.
I like a lot the beautiful blurred background, it works great and adds a lot to artistic result of the photo.
My compliments and thanks for share it.
Best regards,


Great image of the chickadee,
It is fun seeing how you can attrach birds to your on haven.
Great capture,


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

Best wishes for 2008

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  • Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
  • [2008-01-08 9:34]

hi richard,
wonderful picture,good details and nice compo,

No such thing as a bad chickadee pic to me Richard...and beyond this one it is even better than simply good. Nice angle and fine natural colors...Good sow!

All I got to say is... Wow!

This is a fabulous nature image. Almost perfect in the digital world.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-01-08 11:30]

Hi Richard . this is so like our Coal Tit as we them. You have captured this one with fine detail and natural looking colours. a very nice poseon the old tree trunk. well done Tfs.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-01-08 12:59]

Hi Richard,

Pretty shot of this hungry Chickadee. You caught him in a good pose. Nice colors and details. I have never seen one in Tucson - maybe it's too warm for them.


Hello Richard,
stunning detail on this splendid shot, wonderfull colors, very sharp, lovely background and excellent composition,
a great cheer,

Hi Richard,
Amazing capture of this hungry chickadee.

Hello Richard,
This is a very well composition and well framed!
excellent exposure and focus with superb sharpness, vivid colour of the bird in details
well done again
best regards

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-01-08 17:13]

Hello Richard,
Wonderful image of this diminiative little one. They are so active, your image has great sharpness and colors. Thanks for sharing Richard.

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-01-08 17:46]

Hello Richard, what a nice photo of a nice bird. I love your idea of the branch, it makes an interesting feature in the picture and the little bird's pose is so nice. I like that we see the food falling from the bill, the colours are lovely and POV is real nice. Thank you!


Hi Richard,
Excellent capture boy these look so much like our local Butcher Birds, superb detail, and a really nice separation between the foreground and background, all the best Cheers Rick :)

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-01-09 0:43]

Hi Richard,
Very nice capture of this black-capped chickadee with good lighting, colors, pose, focus, sharpness and details. TFS
Best wishes,

Hi Richard,
A very nice shot of the Chickadee with excellent background separation and a pleasant bokeh. Your little bribes are certainly paying off.

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  • Ena Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 324 W: 61 N: 594] (2454)
  • [2008-01-09 2:36]

Hi Richard,
Beautiful shot, nice POV and good compo!

Hi richard

fine shot of this chickadee attraxted to your bait.
great sharpness and composition.


Nice capture Richard,
Well composed, great POV..all the technical stuff looks right on the money, lovely BG too :)

Hi Richard,
An other superb photo of a nervous bird, well done

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-01-09 9:54]

Hello Richard, great picture of the Chickadee in your 'studio' :-) Well done on the composition, sharp details and great exposure ! Thanks,


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-01-09 9:56]

Hi Richard.
Pictured subject is wonderful I am impressed a lot. And your managed to create an amazing picture of it with superb details and sharpness of the bird and branch, great light, vivid colours and fine DOF and BG. Bravo and best wishes.

Hello Richard a fine shot with great detail and well exposed for the white detail. Nicely composed tfs rgds Necip.

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  • lizzie Gold Star Critiquer [C: 207 W: 0 N: 605] (2855)
  • [2008-01-09 17:04]

Hi Richard,

Very nice composition, I love the way the chickadee is perched on the branch. Amazing details in the feathers and great focus over the whole bird knowing how fast they can move. Congratulations!


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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2008-01-09 19:17]

Hello Richard,
Very nice capture of this hungry Chickadee
Great colors and details, he's very beautiful
you managed to capture it very well.. Well done


Hi Richard,
A good technique to get this Black-capped Chickadee into good view. Beautiful action shot. Sharp and crisp clear image. Very well done.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-01-10 9:08]

Hello Richard

A wonderful capture of this cute chickadee.
Great POV,you managed to capture wonderful detail.
The focus is sharp.
Lovely catch light in the eye.
Nicely composed in a natural setting.


Hello Richard,
Well done...
Very good details in the plumage. Beautiful bird you captured.
Well done

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-01-10 13:24]

Hola Richard.- Great Image here Richard. Very nice colors and excellent sharpness. I like the pose too, eating bugs or seeds, any way it looks very fine.

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