Chestnut-backed Chickadee in the Spotlight

The sun was starting to find spots of my feeding/photography setup yesterday and this little guy picked one of the lit up spots to pause in for about thee frames worth. This was the only good one

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Technical Details

Is this a composite: No
Sony a6500, FE200-600 @ 422 mm, gimbal head mounted to blind window, f/8, 1/640, iso 1600, manual exposure, fill flash at -2.7 ev through camo mesh. Processed in LR and PS CC. Cleaned up the perch a bit and painted over some brighter background areas above the bird. Taken yesterday at 9:40 am.

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Excellent warm color. I like the perch, pose, BG, and diagonals.

Nice work, Dennis. We don’t have that species of Chickadee here, and this is a terrific look at one. Well done.

Really nice Dennis. Light on the bird is great with a nice profile view. Background is quite complimentary. Well done.

What a cutie, and in perfect light! I wonder about a crop from the right to remove some of the branch that runs out of the frame, and a little off the top? The robust perch gives some scale to the little bird, though.

I love this photo! It could be in a field guide, it’s even better than a lot of pictures in field guides. It’s a beautiful bird captured perfectly!