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Old Apr 24, 2007, 7:22 PM   #1
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I came across this chickadee today - its head looks a bit different than normal - I 'm referring to the "pigmentation" of the feathers. Has anyone seen this type of coloration before? Cheers, Dan
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Old Apr 24, 2007, 8:29 PM   #2
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Ha Dan,



Are you sure itís a Chickadee? If it is it may be a mutation. Several years ago I raised Canaries and studied genetics. Something having to do with dominant and recessive genes. Example red heads. Or you may have found a new species. Very cool none the less.



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Old Apr 24, 2007, 8:34 PM   #3
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Dan as far as I can tell you got you a unusual one. You did real gooood.

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Old Apr 24, 2007, 9:29 PM   #4
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It is a Chickadee (Probably a Black-capped Chickadee) allright, but one with abnormal pigmenatation. Some would call it a "partial albino" as for whatever reason it lacks pigment in some places where it should be. In some individuals where this occurs there could be as little as one feather, and in others, all of them (all abnormally whitewould be a complete albino onlyif the eye were pink as well).
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Old Apr 25, 2007, 9:02 AM   #5
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Hi Dan. Nice shot of a rare one it seems. It might be a Mountain Chickadee from what my birdie book shows. They have some white stripping above the eye. Otherwise, it could be what the others have seen as a mutation...cheers..Don
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Old Apr 25, 2007, 10:39 PM   #6
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very nice capture sir. May I ask what lens and settings you shot this at?

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Old Apr 26, 2007, 12:52 AM   #7
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I came across this chickadee today - its head looks a bit different than normal - I 'm referring to the "pigmentation" of the feathers. Has anyone seen this type of coloration before? Cheers, Dan
Looking at his tail, it seems rather long, although not clear enough in the pic. Makes me wonder if it isn't a Long Tailed Tit. These tits have a black and white cap, and also some grey, which seems to be the case.
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Old Apr 26, 2007, 10:25 AM   #8
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I'm pretty sure it's a chickadee folks, it was hanging around with its mates and was singing chickadee songs in an area known to hold many of these birds. It's a pigmentation variance, it happens, as I've since learned from birding sources.

V12: I used a D50 with Nikkor 70-200mm VR lens + 1.7X extender. Shutter speed was 1,000/sec, WB auto, ISO 200 - don't remember the aperture.

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Old Apr 26, 2007, 3:29 PM   #9
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Great find and shot, Dan.
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Old Apr 27, 2007, 8:31 AM   #10
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must have had some highlights put in...mostly definitely a female...just kidding!
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