On the Bud by Kenneth Haley


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A chickadee clings with dainty talons to a willow sapling in the Willamette Valley of Oregon. February 2009.

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  • Joe Powell
    Joe Powellover 5 years ago

    Wow…!!! what great detal, color, andlove the DOF.

  • sneha
    snehaover 5 years ago

    wow! so cute!! awsome shot!

  • Daphene
    Dapheneover 5 years ago

    Excellent shot, and detail, love the catchlight in his eye too

  • SKNickel
    SKNickelover 5 years ago

    Great shot, love the chickadee’s

  • Renee Dawson
    Renee Dawsonover 5 years ago

    Great shot Ken. These little darlings are my FAVORITE!

  • Renee, I didn’t want to say anything in the description section, but I put this one up especially for you, and hoped (knew) you would comment. It’s not as good as your photos, but I’m always looking to get a good shot of a chickadee. They are surprisingly hard to get a good shot of, aren’t they?

    – Kenneth Haley

  • Luann Gingras
    Luann Gingrasover 5 years ago

    Spectacular image, love the DOF !

  • Renee Dawson
    Renee Dawsonover 5 years ago

    Well I am flattered you thought of me when you loaded this image Ken! I am such a chickadee freak that my new nickname is Chickeeda…lol HARD to photograph – OMG yes! On bright sunny days you can get your shutter speed up because they are so darn quick….BUT then it gets tricky trying NOT to over expose their white cheeks! I have taken thousands of pictures of these little birds and a lot of them end up being rear end shots (smiles). They are sitting in the dogwood bush by my back deck, waiting for me, every single day that I get home from work. I have 10 of them that visit regularly and they are such a joy!

  • Chickeeda…that is too funny! Of course, a play on Chiquita, too, I suppose. I’m always calling girls Chiquita, or Chica for short. That’s my Latino background (I’m not Latino by blood, but have lived many years in Central America and Mexico). This particular chickadee is one of 3 or 4 that visit our feeders, one of which is placed near the sapling featured in this photo. The deeper meaning of the photo is that the sapling is a memorial tree for my youngest daughter, Maryam, who died 2 years ago at the age of 24. My co-workers presented me with the willow sapling, and I have several photos of birds sitting on its young branches. With the chickadees, I get one or two seconds before they flit to the feeder or off to another tree. But the sapling is a great stage and near a picture window that looks out on a nature conservation area in our back yard. That’s why I can get the close-ups, which really bring out the small birds’ beauty.

    – Kenneth Haley

  • Renee Dawson
    Renee Dawsonover 5 years ago

    I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your daughter Ken. That is a heartbreak I wish nobody would ever have to go through. May this willow sapling bring many more birds to visit and serve as beautiful reminders of Maryam every time they do.

  • Thank you very much, Renee. Maybe we can call them Maryam’s birds.

    – Kenneth Haley

  • Renee Dawson
    Renee Dawsonover 5 years ago

    That would be PERFECT Ken!

  • Scott  d'Almeida
    Scott d'Almeidaover 5 years ago


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