Mountain Chickadee Surprise

Mountain Chickadee SurpriseMountain Chickadee Surprise – Nikon D810, f16, 1/400, ISO 500, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light, not baited

After a long dry spell for birds on Antelope Island today I was surprised to photograph this Mountain Chickadee, a bird I didn’t expect to see on the island. I checked and saw that there have been other reports of Mountain Chickadees there but it was certainly the first one I have seen on the island and it was so close I had to go to f16 hoping to get the enough depth of field. The chickadee was hanging out with a flock of sparrows and I might not have noticed it if it hadn’t called. At first it was hidden in a sagebrush but then it popped right up on top.

What a wonderful surprise!

Life is good.



  1. Humming Bird Lover December 10, 2014 at 9:08 am

    Hi! What a great photo! I’m sure it was a special surprise! I still don’t have any birds at my feeder? It has been crazy weather here in Va. So I guess they still have a enough wild seeds? Have a wonderful day shooting!

  2. Kathie December 9, 2014 at 10:10 pm

    Mia, what a nice surprise! I love moments like that-the pure joy and utter delight of something unexpected!

  3. Elephant's Child December 9, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    SUCH a cutie. Thank you.

  4. Jane Chesebrough December 9, 2014 at 9:50 am

    I was curious about your depth of field the moment that I saw your photo. thanks for mentioning that. Nice capture!

  5. Nancy Collins December 9, 2014 at 5:07 am

    It is great when you cross paths with unexpected visitor!

  6. Eileen December 9, 2014 at 4:57 am

    Cute chickadee, great shot!

  7. Utahbooklover December 8, 2014 at 10:29 pm

    Very pleasant surprise and beautiful image Mia. Thanks!

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