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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

In love with Ma Nature! Always have been, always will be. Let’s keep her safe, eh?

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  • Chris Clark
    Chris Clarkalmost 4 years ago

    beautiful capture Mike and what a stunning little bird

  • Many thanks, Chris. They are a cute wee critter and hilarious to watch!

    – Mike Oxley

  • Tracy Faught
    Tracy Faughtalmost 4 years ago

    Very nice Mike!! :O]

  • Greatly appreciated, Tracy! Thanks, eh? :o)

    – Mike Oxley

  • John44
    John44almost 4 years ago

    Amazing shot Mike..

  • Thanks so very much, my friend, and thanks, too for the fave! Much appreciated! I will have to introduce you to these little guys in the summer!

    – Mike Oxley

  • Manon Boily
    Manon Boilyalmost 4 years ago

    that’s so cute Mike! me and my daughter do the same when we go in mountain! nice and sharp

  • Merci beaucoup, Manon! They are a lot of fun to watch and to feed!

    – Mike Oxley

  • PhotosByHealy
    PhotosByHealyalmost 4 years ago

    Nice one, Mike.

  • Many thanks, Gene! And a beautiful day it was for it, too!

    – Mike Oxley

  • Leslie van de Ligt
    Leslie van de ...almost 4 years ago

    How perfect is this Mike? My gosh I would just love this. You are so right. The trust they exhibit puts people to shame. A perfect fave for me. :>)) Leslie

  • Thanks so very much, Leslie, and thanks for the “fave”, too! They are awesome wee birds and the way they “mug” you is hysterical!

    – Mike Oxley

  • Digitalbcon
    Digitalbconalmost 4 years ago

    What an awesome capture Mike!! These hardy winter companions are simply amazing! I have always wanted to experience this but it has always alluded me! Great work Mike…instant fave!!

  • Many thanks, Blair, thanks for the lovely compliment of the “fave”, too! I was very surprised the first time I came across these little guys looking for handouts, but, in certain areas around here, they expect it!

    – Mike Oxley

  • RoseMarie747
    RoseMarie747almost 4 years ago

    Now I am reallly jealous…there is absolutly NO chance of my chickadees EVER doing this…and I mean NEVER…LOL…I am way impressed, I’ve never seen this before…just in Hummingbirds…

  • Thanks so very much, Rose Marie! And many thanks for the “fave”, too! This is pretty commonplace up here and there are quite a few areas where they expect to be fed. The wee brats will sit in the trees and swear at you if you don’t have anything for them. And I’ve never seen this with hummingbirds, so you’re one up on me there!

    – Mike Oxley

  • sarnia2
    sarnia2almost 4 years ago

  • Thanks, Angie!

    – Mike Oxley

  • Photography  by Mathilde
    Photography b...almost 4 years ago

    Beautiful captures Mike – these little birds are such a delight – great shots !!

  • Many thanks, Mattie, and thanks for the “fave”, too! It was a lot of fun being surrounded by these little guys, all chirping away and fluttering about.

    – Mike Oxley

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