Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Black Capped Chickadee

A few weeks ago with the sun shining brightly and the skies as blue as I had ever seen and the temps in the 40's, I took a drive up to Mustatatuck NWR. That was the same day I captured some nice images of the ever elusive River Otters hanging out around Persimmon Pond in the back of the refuge. Before I captured those images, however, I had stopped at Myer's Cabin at the end of the road in the back of the refuge and sat in my car watching this Black Capped Chickadee. I had already made my routine drive around the swamps and had seen little to no waterfowl. Bummer. So I sat watching this little guy busily foraging for something to eat.

First he was in the middle of the tree hanging off of a large branch with his back to me which was ok as he is so beautiful. Then he moved on up to the very top of the tree. Can you believe it? Well, that is ok because I had my 300mm on my camera and I just kept shooting. I love Black Capped Chickadees but can never get decent images when they come to visit my feeder as they are so busy up and down grabbing a seed and then off to the brush in the field behind my house to eat it. These aren't the best images either as this one was moving fast too. Working on vacation plans, but haven't picked an exact spot yet. Winter is playing cruel tricks on us here in the Ohio River Valley and keeping temps in the single digits. UGH! ENJOY!

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  1. You are lucky you have such a good lens to capture these busy birds with. Sweet photos. What kind of tree is that with the little seed pods hanging from it? Have fun planning your vacation. I'm sure you'll come up with someplace warm. :-)

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    1. Might be a sycamore tree, but not positive. He's a cutie no doubt.

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  2. Super photos with the longer lens. Good weather down here till June, I'll meet you at the airport!!! Cheers from Jean.

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    1. Don't temp me Jean. Thus weather sucks.

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  3. An interesting post with some nice photos!

    Thank you. Love love, Andrew. Bye.

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  4. Do you know what those prickly seedpods are pictured with the flighty Chickadee? I used to collect them when my children were small, and we'd glue them together to make wreaths and Christmas trees. Your photos brought back that fond memory. I know you've been in the thralls of winter, Carol. You'll need to daydream a warm vacation place.

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  5. Pamela and Barb, my first guess was right. Those are Sycamore seed pods in the photo you asked about. Can't believe I guessed that.

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