This gallery contains 3 photos. Considerably outnumbered by the Black-Capped Chickadees, I have only ever managed to photograph a handful of the “rarer”, and more reclusive Chestnut-Backed Chickadees in a few spots in Metro Vancouver … and mostly at home! I am lucky to see any Chestnut-Backed Chickadees in the fall, and 2 or 3 in spring and summer. Photographed on June 11.
This chick (as shown by its yellow and black bill) exhibits the YASJ behaviour that’s quite typical for young birds: it refuses to back down or fly away from my lens (one of its parents is also nearby, and accompanies it on these “outings”).
There is just enough of a break in the leaves of the old apple tree for the sun to paint a halo of light on its crown. How appropriate, as these truly were “heavenly” moments … especially since they have (once again) made themselves scarce once the third week of June rolled by! 🙂 As my subject kept to the branches and leaves, an external, camera-mounted flashgun with diffuser was used to even out the shadows and highlights.