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Black-capped Chickadee

Black-capped Chickadee
Photo Information
Copyright: Mario Belanger (EOSF1) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1977 W: 301 N: 3060] (26902)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-11-06
Categories: Nature
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Canon EF100-400 F4-5.6 L IS USM, ISO 400, B+W 77 010 UV-Haze 1 x
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/200 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-11-09 7:12
Viewed: 1716
Points: 46
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
A Black-capped Chickadee checking on the photographer in the garden.

From: www.birds.cornell.edu
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.

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Ciao Mario,
Nice capture of this lovely bird from the front, details can be seen very well and the soft background highlights the subject. Thanks for the informative note, great presentation! TFS.
Best regards,

Bonjour Mario,

Ce mésange à tête noire semble songeur. La prise de vue permet de voir les détails et les couleurs du plumage de l'oiseau. L'image est claire et nette. La lumière fait ressortir les couleurs. Bonne journée.


hello mario!
this is so beautiful, great capture.
wonderful colors, sharpness and very nice DOF, i like it.

thanks to the black colour that breaks the dominance of brownish tone here.
sharpness and clarity are indeed the 'trademarks' of your shots, be they the fast machines or lovely birds. well done, Mario!


Ahh ! a masterpiece again !! ;-)
Very good capture with good tones and superb sharpness and clarity. The background is also great. Altogether a photo to be proud on. TFS

Hi Mario, What an excellency. Another amazing beautiful bird capture from you. Details, saherpness and composition are great. A cute facial expression of the black-capped chickadee too my friend.
TFS and have a nice new week.


Très beau mésange. Merci pour la documentation du sujet. L'image est très nette.

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  • nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2777 W: 0 N: 5194] (50772)
  • [2008-11-09 8:49]


merveilleuse mésange, on sait tout gra^ce à ta note, superbe la présentation, l'ensemble.
Quelle netteté sur cet mangigiqeu oiseai, ce pattes, son pelage, grandiose.

Bravo et amitié


Nice capture of this lovely bird from the front, details can be seen very well and the soft background highlights the subject.

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  • mbrito Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1929 W: 117 N: 3017] (13240)
  • [2008-11-09 10:31]

Hello Mario
Wonderful bird capyure; the colours and the details are simply superb and very well contrated with the beige b/g.
Excelent posting.
Regards, mb

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  • dareco Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1672 W: 16 N: 832] (15528)
  • [2008-11-09 11:58]

Your work never ceases to amaze me. I'm always so impressed by the captures, beautiful colors, detail, lighting, cute poses :) etc. TFS

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  • juyona Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2585 W: 1 N: 425] (10173)
  • [2008-11-09 12:51]

Hola Mario,
bello trabajo y excelente captura,
detalles y bonito plumaje...
saludos amigo.

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  • trekks Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1995 W: 141 N: 3390] (13665)
  • [2008-11-09 21:21]

bonjour Mario

Good quality sharpness in this focus and macro of bird. The choice of background blur is excellent to show the bird in a good frame.

The sharp texture of rock is superb. Great work.

tfs, bill

Bonsoir Mario,
Magnififque composition et prise de vue de cette charmante mésange, superbe netteté et détails,
belle note et présentation...

wonderful shot again, Mario.. stunning bg, birds and the wood where he perched.. very smooth colours.. again good work.. nice job you did here.. tfs..

regards, terry

Hello Mario!

This is a great capture! Very good sharpness and colors, those details are amazing.
You did a superb job. Congratulations. Very interesting note.

best regards

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  • WMcK Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 663 W: 11 N: 1718] (6837)
  • [2008-11-10 2:57]

Il est juste comme doux qu'il peut être, Mario. J'aime le petit peu du duvet sur le dessus de sa tête. Je ne sais pas vous obligez ces petits camarades à s'asseoir toujours assez longtemps pour capturer des expositions merveilleuses telles que ceci. Couleur parfaite, détail et en tant que composition toujours belle. Bravo
Les amitiés les plus sincères

Absolutely super shot! We have just put up our first bird feeder and attracted lots of these little fellows. Now we are trying to recognize the few other species that come to feed. I Googled all over to find photos of birds, but with fairly poor results, and then I suddenly remember you and your wondeful bird photos, so I have just spent half an hour going through your colection and enjoying myself. It has been great because each photo is so clear and detailed. We have seen a few jays, and one cardinal so far, and a purple breasted bird which might be a finch, but not sure. Anyway, thanks for all your photos. I know where to check for future ID's.
Cheers Joan

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  • jazrr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 330 W: 77 N: 98] (2228)
  • [2008-11-10 12:09]

Hi Mario:
Wonderful, sharp, Great dof and colors. Well done.

A lovely wild shot!
Great details on those small bits and pieces.

Can't wait till spring, to come out for some photo hunting, mainly squirrels, as there aren't any nice birds here - well at least I cant find any.

Good work.

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  • Alexia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 189 W: 0 N: 221] (2466)
  • [2008-11-10 15:23]

Ciao...bellissima questa foto...
simpatico l'uccellino...:-)


Another excellent bird shot - sharp details, a beautiful pose and smooth colours. He's even got a little catchlight in his eye, giving him a very lively look.
Thanks for sharing

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  • Athila Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 317 W: 286 N: 822] (4030)
  • [2008-11-19 18:53]

Salut Mario,

Suberbe image de mésange. J'adore tes arrières plans flous qui isolent nettement tes sujets. Exposition, focus, composition, tout est sous contrôle.

Tu n'as jamais pensé à donner des séminaires sur la photo d'oiseaux?

Bravo et TFS.

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