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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: 2007-09-06
Categories: Birds
Camera: Panasonic DMC-FZ50
Exposure: f/3.7, 1/200 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-09-07 8:01
Viewed: 3378
Points: 46
[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
ISO 200
F-Stp 3.7
Exp. 1/200th sec.
Lens 420mm equivalent

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

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Unfortunately, I'll never see this little beauty in my neck of the woods. A perfect shot you've taken - love the pose of the bird, his coloring, his perch and the bg. Great job!!

hello richard,

very nice capture of Black-capped Chickadee, the pose looks very nice, the bird looks quite attentive , well composed shot with fine pov, sharp image with good details,nice dof, excellent bg,
well done,

tfs & regards

Hi Richard
Really nice details and colours!

This is a really nice shot, Richard. The feathers look so natural one can almost "feel" them. It is a great pose and a wonderfully simple composition. Great sharpness, exposure, and beautiful out of focus background...

Evelynn : )

Hello Richard
Theres really not to much to say about this apart from congratulations..Its tight, its sharp, its soft....Its spot on!
All the Best

The official mug shot of both sides now. A questioning look on its face. Nice. Very cute in a nice way.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-09-07 10:11]

Hello Richard,
This is an excellent capture of a Black-capped Chickadee. The sharpness is great and I like the lighting and composition against a bokeh natural BG. Great catch-light in the eye too!
TFS and have a nice weekend!

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  • lise Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 169 W: 48 N: 548] (2877)
  • [2007-09-07 10:16]

Hi Richard,
What a cute little fellow! Great composition and sharpness.
Well done and TFS

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-09-07 11:09]

Hello Richard,
Beautiful sharp photo with good details. Great colours and contrast against the BG. Pose, POV and composition are very good.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-09-07 12:04]

Hi Richard
Very nice composition.The image is sharp and have very nice details.POV and DOF are very good.
TFS Michel

Nice composition and colours.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-09-07 14:12]

Hi Richard. A nice shot ofthe little bird. you have captured a nice pose looking down at you. good detail in the feathers and good colours. well done TFS. good notes too.
Have a good weekend.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-09-07 21:49]

Hola Richard. Bella foto, exelente pose y gran calidad en en todos los aspectos. Me agrada la pose y sus colores. Saludos Luis52.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-09-08 8:43]

Richard, Lovely view and DOF. The composition is fantastic. The lighting and focus is amazing. Excellent take and thanks for sharing. Ganesh

Hello Richard,

What an great looking bird and you have done him proud with the picture. Great detail and focus, nice subdued colours and light. Really simple and really effective. Thanks for sharing.


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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-09-09 0:54]

Hi Richard,
Wonderful shot with sharp details on its plumage and nice colour tones. The lighting and focus ate superb and you have captured a fine pose. The subjects do stand out well against the darkish BG. Excellent POV and DOF here. Very nicely composed. Kudos.

Hello Richard,
Everything works in this image. Very nice catchlight & the bird is looking at you..
Excellent exposure, color, DOF, POV, BG, and details. Well composed,
Very well done!

So many wonderful details in this photo!
Great composition off to one side on the little limb. I can see the texture of the breast feather. Nice catch-light in the eye. :)


Nice picture with good colors.I like your point o view and the sharpness of the bird very much.Good green background,the fg makes a nice contarst to it.

This pose you capture is very cute! They are difficult bird to photograph by being always on the move :) Details and colors are just spot on and this lightning is beautiful! The background is lovely and so is this catch-light in its eye. This is a great capture of this speedy bird! Thanks,

Exposure on the whites are perfect. Sharpness and details are awesome. I love the natural colors as well. Perfect shot.

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  • RP1 Gold Star Critiquer [C: 154 W: 1 N: 6] (251)
  • [2007-11-17 3:22]

Hi Richard,
Very nice composition and colours.

Hi Richard,
Well composed one...
Nice perching. Blurred BG is effective...
Well done

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