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Chickadee in a Tree

Chickadee in a Tree
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Copyright: Christine Grabig (pmaze) (25)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-04-30
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 10D, Canon EF70-200/2.8IS
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-10-02 2:37
Viewed: 3626
Points: 0
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Black-capped Chickadee

We decided to spend a sunny afternoon at the Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary. We had heard that there were a litter of goslings (baby geese) in the area, so we were hoping to find and photograph them. Sadly, we never did see those baby geese. That's the name of the game when it comes to photography- the shot you think you will get doesn't always happen as you would have hoped. And the shot you never expected to be much turns out to be among your best.

While we were walking by a pond, we were greeted by a friendly chickadee, who we saw perched on a low branch observing us while we fed birdseed to a pair of mallard ducks. Curiously, I grabbed a small handful of seed out of my pocket and held my hand out boldly, inviting the chickadee.

He flew onto a closer branch for a few seconds before swooping down and perching himself on my finger. I still remember the feel of his tiny claws and the weightlessness of his body landing on my finger. He stayed only a few seconds before returning to the safety of the branch. I tried holding out the seed again and again he returned to my finger, before flying off to a tree off in the distance. In thanks, I left him an extra pile of seed and left him in peace.

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