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Mésange à tête noire

Mésange à tête noire
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Copyright: Alain Thibodeau (Athila) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 239 N: 493] (1982)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-07-31
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, Sigma 150-500mm F5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM
Exposure: f/8, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-08-01 20:05
Viewed: 3487
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Mésange à tête noire / Black-capped chickadee

The Black-capped Chickadee has a black cap and bib with white sides to the face. Its underparts are white with rusty brown on the flanks and its back is gray. It has a short dark bill, short wings and a long tail. Males are larger. The tail is normally primarily slate-gray but has been observed in central New Jersey in 2008 to be completely white and seemingly longer and more prominent than the normal gray tail. At least one other such white tail has been observed as a documented change occurring in one individual (banded) bird.

More at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black-capped_Chickadee

Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Sigma 150-500 zoom lens at 500mm
Filter: UV
Manfrotto Monopod 680B
Manfrotto Ball Head 168
RAW mode

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Hi Alain

Good shot of this chickadee. Good sharpness and nice POV.


Ciao Alain, lovely bird in nice cose, wonderful colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2010-08-02 18:57]

Hi Alain,

I just had a wonderful time looking through your gallery. I love this Chickadee and all of your other images. This is a bird we don't have down here in the desert so I love seeing them. The pose on the branch is wonderful and shows off the fine details of his cute face and lovely feathers. A wonderful setting and composition.


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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2010-08-03 12:17]

Salut Alain
Jolie capture.Bon pdv et image bien en focus avec d'excellent detail du plumage.J'aime bien également les couleurs de l'arriere plan
Merci Michel

Hola Alain

Vaya una imagen muy bien tratada, parece una pintura, con esos tonos agradables y finos. Realmente una foto fantastica, perfecta nitidez y contraste.

Un saludo de Antonio

Alain, this is a beautiful shot of this bird. Thanks for your comment on my little hummer. Have a great day, Bill

The BG is a big plus here IMHO Alain.
Very good details and the bird's exposed well, no easy task with the white cheek & black bib.
Well done!

These little guys are not the easiest to photograph with them jumping all around, all the time not to mention the contrast differences of the feathers making it hard to get a good exposure reading. You managed very well. What is your secret in getting so close? I posted a BCC in my gallery and I used a 600mm and you used a 150-500mm and you filled in you frame all the way? Did you crop to get it that way? Are you still diving? Well done. :)

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-08-10 12:41]

Hello Alain,
Beautiful photo with a beautiful OOF BG. Good sharpness, details and POV. Excellent composition.

Bonjour Alain,

Les branches cadrent bien l'oiseau. La prise de vue permet de voir les détails et les couleurs du mésange à tête noire. Le flou de l,arrière-plan met en évidence l'oiseau. La lumière de l'après-midi met en valeur les couleurs de l'image. Bonne journée.


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