When I noticed the out-of-whack feather on this chestnut-backed chickadee (Poecile rufescens), I began to call the bird “Ol’ Bent-feather”. This is one of many frames that I took of the energetic little passerine. The chickadee had no problem using prickly stems such as the one in the photo for a perch. Indeed, there is a poetic similarity between the bird’s pointy nails used to grip the stem, and the plant’s red prickles. Chickadees are tiny birds. In the image accompanying this text (to the left), the bird is displayed approximately life-size (about 10 cm long). When the larger version of the image is viewed, the bird is being displayed bigger than in reality.
Canon Rebel XSi (450D)
Canon EF 300mm 1:4 L IS USM
1/320 sec, f / 5.6, -1/3 EV, ISO 800
Stanley Park, Vancouver, BC
10 Feb 2010