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Small Seeker of Sunflower Seeds by Wolf Read

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With a little gift in hand, this black-capped chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) along with two others boldly landed on my palm to grab their favorite treat, sunflower seeds. The birds would land one-at-a-time in a quick series, and then flit off to eat the morsel. Once finished eating, they little avians would return for more. When the chickadees had consumed all the sunflower seeds, they flitted off on new business, leaving the other food behind.

Much too close for the telephoto lens, capturing these birds required my EF-S 60mm f/2.8 USM Macro. This situation proved somewhat challenging photographically: I held the camera with just one hand (glad that the 60mm macro is a small lens), and held a lively bird in the other, so there was ample opportunity for things to move during the shot. Nevertheless, some frames turned out nicely. The detail captured in this image is equivalent to the EF 70-200mm f/4L USM.

Canon Rebel XSi
Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro
1/250, f/5.6, -1/3, ISO 200, hand held

I am a natural historian and published author, illustrator and photographer. I also take photography commissions and have had a wonderful time with a recent project for the University of British Columbia Farm. Many thanks for visiting my little space here on RedBubble, and thank you also for your purchases—they are very much appreciated.

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Comments

  • redladyart
    redladyartover 5 years ago

    What a wonderful experience this must have been for you. :) Great capture.

  • Thanks very much for the comment and favorite. This was the first time I had ever done such a thing. Indeed, it was a special moment. Those birds are so tiny and feather-light (pardon pun).

    – Wolf Read

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