Enjoying winter with the chickadees

Black-capped Chickadee in sunlight - 2013 © Christopher Martin

After a nice break over Christmas where I was outside playing with my kids and walking along the river, I’m enjoying winter now.  Following one of the cold snaps, the chickadees that visit our backyard seemed happy to be flying around in the -5°C weather after -30°C the day before.  They were flitting back and forth between the feeder and the tree beside our second floor deck which allowed me to practice capturing their launches off of the evergreen branches.

Chickadee flight - 2013 © Christopher Martin
The mid-flight images were not successful in the least (not shown – nothing worthwhile…) but I’m trying different strategies as me and auto focus are not quick enough to track their small bodies in their darting, quick flight movements.  For now, I was happy to spend some time with these little birds in my backyard while the sun drifted in and out of the clouds.

Wings up - 2013 © Christopher Martin

One-eyed Chickadee - 2013 © Christopher Martin

Flight preparation - 2013 © Christopher Martin

10 responses

  1. Chickadees are the most frequent visitors to our bird feeder, so I really enjoyed your stunning up-close-and-personal shots!

    January 14, 2014 at 9:40 am

    • They rule the backyard at our place. We have a second story deck beside one of the trees they like to hang out in so I’m lucky to be able to photograph them close.

      January 18, 2014 at 11:32 am

  2. Christopher, your eye, patience, and generosity to share what you have captured have been rewarded. Your modesty about your in-flight shots is too modest. All of your photos merited second and third hard looks. Thank you for sharing them.

    January 11, 2014 at 12:20 pm

    • Hi Steven,

      Thank you for visiting and the exceptionally nice comment.

      I’m very happy that you enjoyed looking.



      January 12, 2014 at 1:59 am

  3. Beautiful captures.

    January 9, 2014 at 5:51 pm

  4. So cute, wonderful capture of this bird going away!

    January 9, 2014 at 1:46 pm

  5. Lovely flight shots!Nice to see the Boreal Chickadee as well.

    January 9, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    • Thanks Jane. I feel the same – the Boreals have such beautiful plumage.

      January 9, 2014 at 4:34 pm

  6. So sweet! I love all of them, especially the first one. Interesting to see their wings in positions that our eyes normally miss.

    January 9, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    • Thank you Karen. That is definitely a big part of what I love – seeing what they look like as they move about. It is often too quick to register without stopping the action.

      January 9, 2014 at 4:35 pm

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