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