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When all else fails

Published January 21st, 2012

You can always rely on the amazing Black-capped Chickadee to provide almost endless photographic entertainment when there's not much else around. This is our provincial bird in New Brunswick and is actually a photographic challenge with its black and white plumage and fast antics. They are common and can be very tame so these make up for it to some extent. This one reacted very strongly to a playback of a Downy Woodpecker, more I think because it was a novel sound at that moment.



Date: 21 January, 2012, Time: 1528h. Model: Canon EOS-1D Mark IV. Lens: EF400mm f/4 DO IS USM +1.4x, @ 560 mm. Program: Aperture Priority. ISO 1600, 1/320s, f/7.1. Exp. comp.: +0.3. Flash: no flash. Hand held. No noise reduction done on this image. It really shows how well the Canon 1D mark IV performs in low light and relatively high ISO.

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Leo Allain  over 5 years ago

Great capture! Love the eye detail surrounded by black feathers. Such a skidish bird, hard to photograph.