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After all the traumas suffered whilst wandering around our little eco gardens last week (seen here. The Savage Canadian Snow Duck, Woodland Spy and The Little Hip of Horrors), I decided on a different venue today. Somewhere a bit safer. It was a beauty day, sunshine, just above freezing and hardly any wind, so I headed down to the Cooper Marsh Conservation Area down by Lancaster, about 30 k from town. A lovely drive along the St. Lawrence River if you’re ever down this way. But I digress.
Parked the car, got the gear out the back seat and walked up the path. Almost immediately, I was mugged by the chickadees. They landed on my head, my arm, the camera, the tripod and even hovered in front of my face. No danger though! They were just looking for handouts. Fortunately, I had the presence of mind to bring along a wee baggie of goodies, namely black sunflower seeds. Put about a dozen on the palm of your hand, hold your arm out straight and you have flocks of the wee buggers chirping and vying for position on your outstretched hand and fingers. Absolutely charming!
What amazes me is that these tiny little birds, so fragile, put their trust in you. I felt truly privileged.
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)
“Hmmmmm. Decisions, decisions…..”
“Take off, eh?”
Cooper Marsh Conservation Area, Lancaster, Ontario, Canada
January 5, 2011
Sony Alpha 700, Sigma 17 to 70 at 35 mm
iso 400, spot metered, F11.0, 1/400 second