Jings! Ah've goat tae stay away frae they peanuts! by Mike Oxley

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Gone with the wind.…… or the perils of the high fibre diet.

Black-capped Chickadee, Poecile atricapillus
Cooper Marsh, Lancaster, Ontario, Canada
January 5, 2012

The deep freeze has abated for a couple of days. It was about minus 4 and the sun was out, although there was a threatening bank of clouds over New York way. Who cares, eh? I thought it would be nice to spend a couple of hours down at The Marsh. So I drove down, got the gear out the car. set off for the trails and found, to my dismay, that there was a delightfully slippery layer of ice under the thin cover of snow. This made for interesting walking. But I digress. There’s one spot along the trail that leads to the Visitor Centre where the Chickadees hang out in unruly gangs, awaiting to ambush the unwary.

I stopped at that spot and was immediately surrounded by a large number of the wee divvils, looking at me speculatively from the surrounding trees with their beady little black eyes. Sunflower seeds duly produced and the assault began. I had them on my head, arms legs, feet, jacket sleeves, backpack, camera, lens, tripod, outstretched hand, chirping invective at each other and me….well, you get the picture. Only I couldn’t. It was just a little too busy. So I chucked out a whack of seeds to distract them and moved quickly along to the Visitor Centre where there’s a small donation box that’s just perfect for putting out a handful of seeds for the feathered piranhas.

I placed a good handful on the top of the box and within seconds, the assault began again, only I wasn’t the target this time. The Chickadees were zooming in and out from all directions and it was chaos. A bit like De Gaulle Airport on speed.

Lurking timidly in the background were a few other birds, Bluejays and the like, but I think they were a little leery of joining in the fun. Black Friday in the U.S. sprang to mind.

I left one more handful, packed up the gear and cautiously made my way back to the car.

Sony Alpha 700, Sigma 170 to 500 at 400 mm
iso100, spot metered, F6.3, 1/320 second

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  • Manon Boily
    Manon Boilyalmost 3 years ago

    what a funny butt! lol. seems to be windy ;)

  • Many, many thanks, Manon! The wind was picking up and it was starting to get quite cool.

    – Mike Oxley

  • John44
    John44almost 3 years ago

    Lol.. a friendly photo of tweety
    Fine work Mike !
    Sorry we had to skip seeing eachother this time my friend!!!!!

  • Thanks so very much, John! They’re all very friendly, unless you forgot to bring some Sunflower seeds along…..then it gets nasty!

    It was a pity we didn’t get together, but we will next time! Cheers!

    – Mike Oxley

  • deb cole
    deb colealmost 3 years ago

    LOL! The perils we subject ourselves to for that perfect shot, eh? Excellent work, Mike!!

  • It was terrible, Deb. I feared for my very life, but fortunately I escaped unscathed. Thanks for the kind words and for understanding, my friend!

    – Mike Oxley

  • Fred Mitchell
    Fred Mitchellalmost 3 years ago

    What an excellent record

  • Greatly appreciated, Fred. Although walking was a little treacherous, it was nice to get out and about for a bit and be entertained by the antics of these little birds.

    – Mike Oxley

  • NewfieKeith
    NewfieKeithalmost 3 years ago

    OMG Mike LOL…all I keep thinking is kiss it.. lol..sorry had to say it!! love this capture..and the others..these little guys are great fun!!

  • Greatly appreciated, Keith, and many thanks for the “fave”, mon ami! The original title was going to be “Smile for my camera, ye auld git” but then this idea took hold and it went downhill from there…..

    – Mike Oxley

  • joak
    joakalmost 3 years ago

    lol if the wife had her way ma poo wid look like this anaw!..peach o a shot mate

  • Many, many thanks, Joak. At least it would be easier to clean up, I suppose. :o)

    – Mike Oxley

  • KatMagic Photography
    KatMagic Photo...almost 3 years ago

    …I know what you mean about them landing all over you…. so funny and such candid shots of these little ones…..sounds like you had a good time…. as did the Chickadees!

  • Thanks so very much, Kat. Apart from the perils of ice under the snow it was a fun time and it was just nice to get out for a bit. I managed to get quite a few decent “candids” and may post some more later on.

    – Mike Oxley

  • mrcoradour
    mrcoradouralmost 3 years ago

    LOL not the most Elegant of poses from this wee birdie, but a great capture notheless, excellent words Mike,

  • Many, many thanks, Malcolm! I’m gad you enjoyed this wee bit of silliness! :o)

    – Mike Oxley

  • Colin Metcalf
    Colin Metcalfalmost 3 years ago

    LOL ……the poor wee thing ……. I’ve felt like that occasionally after a curry.

  • Thanks so very much, Colin, and many thanks for the “fave”, too! Greatly appreciated. Poor wee thing, right enough, Colin. It must have been quite relieved when that cold wind picked up….

    – Mike Oxley

  • vette
    vettealmost 3 years ago

    Butt, butt, I’m only looking for something for lunch :) Awesome capture Mike. Great sharp focus and eye pleasing pov. Susan

  • Greatly appreciated, Susan, and many thanks for the lovely compliment of the “fave”, too! I find the best way to “get” these is to prefocus on the seeds and wait for the wee buggers to show up. They’re so fast it’s very hit and miss!

    – Mike Oxley

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