Chickadee Sunbath by Wolf Read

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A Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) pauses under the weak low-angle sunshine of a cool February day. Likely a bold decision, sitting in the bright illumination. Little birds such as this seem to prefer to perch in the shade, perhaps as a means of hiding from predators. A preference for shade may also be to aid vision in a manner similar to a person holding their hand above their eyes to create a sunshield.

Canon Rebel XSi (450D)
Canon EF 300mm 1:4 L IS USM
Canon EF 1.4x II Extender
420mm, 1/400 sec, f / 8, -1/3 EV, ISO 800

Reifel Bird Sanctuary, Ladner, BC
17 Feb 2010


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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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  • Michael Cummings
    Michael Cummingsover 4 years ago

    Excellent capture Raven

  • Thank you, Michael.

    – Wolf Read

  • redladyart
    redladyartover 4 years ago

    Beeeeeautiful! Great close shot! :)

  • Thank you, Sharon.

    – Wolf Read

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