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Old Dec 31, 2007, 9:40 PM   #1
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If you are not familiar with this chickadee phenomenon, I offer a few high ISO photos that explain it. These birds will "fluff" if threatened or to create heat within their feathers, turning them into a fur coat. This one was probably doing it for both reasons.

Not a technical marvel since the light was, as always, almost non-existent and these shots varied from ISO 1200 to ISO 1600. Taken with the 100-400 and Mark III. I reduced color saturation because there was basically no color to saturate :lol:

Hope your new year is most excellent!

Getting the fluff

The hunchback of the forest

HELP! Pop the airbag!!

Ack! I'm beginning to float.

Save me oh Woodland Wonder, before I drift off into the land of raptors! :roll:

I hope your 2008 is successful and filled with all sorts of excellent photography!

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Old Dec 31, 2007, 10:28 PM   #2
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Amusing series, Norm. Any of these would makeexcellent Xmas/New Year's cards.

Just how cold was it, anyway? That poorlittle bird looks really stressed - in #2 it is reaching the point of no return, where it would lose more heat through its open feathers than it can retain! Gives me the shivers just looking!

May your new year bring warmer days, for you and for the birds!
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Old Dec 31, 2007, 10:44 PM   #3
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LOL, Norm. You do get some creative shots of these Chickadees.

Have a good New Year!

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Old Dec 31, 2007, 11:02 PM   #4
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great shots as always, Norm... you'd never know those were all shot at such high ISO settings! but my 40D, which uses the same DSP chip as the Mk III, is quite good, so it's not surprising the Mk III would turn in excellent results.

i don't believe i have EVER seen a chickadee fluffed up as big as that little fella! he looks like a furry ball with a tail and beak! love those shots...
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Great shots Norm. Lol. Like 'em all. Look like they just came out of the dryer...cheers..Don
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Gee,an inflatable chickadee! I bet if you were to rubit against your pant leg you could stick it on a wall! :lol: Thanks for this seriesNorm. Dan
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Once again, an incredible series of shots, Norm!
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:lol::lol::lol: I half expected to see a little air hose coming out the back of those over inflated little puff-balls. What a crack up.

Great, great shots.
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Old Jan 2, 2008, 7:43 PM   #9
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Awesome photos, totally cute.
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Old Jan 2, 2008, 8:59 PM   #10
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Norm, Once again I'm very impressed with the clarity and detail on the Chickadees feathers. The shades of grey and blacks in the compositions are technically perfect.I do wish I could shoot withthe higher ISOs with the D200 but I just get wayto much noise in the end result and need to resort to fill flash.I just may have to purchase a D300 since I'm really liking what I'm seeing in Steve' s (SMAC) shots.


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