I’m working on a total overhaul of my galleries about the wildlife in Iowa at the moment and I hope I can integrate it soon into this new website here. While reviewing older photos I realized that some of the birds and critters deserve some new and better representation in the gallery, especially those that live here in our woods all year long. One that is present during all seasons is the Black-capped Chickadee.

It helps to know the habits and biology of a critter to make the shot. In this case I used the fact that the chickadees quite often fly first to the bushes in the yard before they enter the bird feeders. It is a repeating pattern of behavior that helped me to focus on one particular area without moving around with the long lens too much. The light was sufficient this morning but I still used a fill flash for boosting the colors a little bit.