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Chicka dee dee dee

Chicka dee dee dee
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Copyright: Richard Vincent (earthtraveler) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 427 W: 123 N: 947] (3483)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-09-06
Categories: Birds
Camera: Panasonic DMC-FZ50
Exposure: f/3.7, 1/125 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-01-15 7:27
Viewed: 4115
Points: 64
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Today I share the vocalizations of the Chickadee along with another image from my September yard bird series.

Sounds of the Black-Capped Chickadee
Poecile atricapillus
Shortcut: Chicka-dee-dee-dee-dee; fee-beee

Song: The song of the male is a clear two-note whistle that drops in pitch: fee-beee (the last note is often double-pulsed).

Call: The familiar chicka-dee-dee-dee call, after which the species is named, is given during flocking and helps insure flock cohesion. A gargled tseedleedeet is given during agressive encounters. Other calls include a simple tsit (the contact note) and various outbursts of notes.

To listen to a sound file of the Black-capped Chickadee
copy and paste this link and click on the yellow arrow. Takes just a bit of time to download.


Source: learnbirdsongs.com

Aperture Priority
ISO 200
F-Stop 3.7
Exp. 1/125 sec.
Lens 420mm equivalent
Hand held

Thanks for taking a look and sharing your thoughts.

mvdisco, uleko, Alex99, ashokmp, jaycee, Luis52, angela926, javig, CeltickRanger, Adanac, Argus, MMM, rcrick, marhowie, ramthakur, dejo has marked this note useful
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Bonjour Richard,
Belle prise de vue de cette belle petite mésange, les couleurs sont magnifiques et une très belle nettetée de ta photo, photo très agréable à regarder et de beaux détails sur cet oiseau. Bravo..

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  • Karin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 418 W: 5 N: 268] (2089)
  • [2008-01-15 8:02]

Bonjour Richard,
La composition est superbe, la netteté excellente et le fond est bien désenfoqué.
Les couleurs sont douces et naturelles.
Belle présentation et merci pour le partage.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-01-15 8:07]

Hello Richard,
Very beautiful capture of the little Chickadee against a lovely background. Sharp details and fine natural colours. Very well composed too.
Many thanks, Ulla

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2008-01-15 8:13]

Hi Richard,

Fine composition of this chickadee. The background is really superb. Well done!


Hi Richard,
nice background, good sharpness and composition. TFS.

I had a question about metering, what kind of ( pattern, spot, etc) metering do you use for bird photography?


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-01-15 8:36]

Hi Richard.
Amazing bird picture with charming subject. Tree branch with wonderful bird on it and fantastic BG create a great esthetic impression. All is executed perfectly. Bravo and bets wishes.

hello richard,
what a fine capture of the Chickadee, the composition is lovely and the details of the plumage is great, beautiful colours, precise dof,
well done,
tfs & regards

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-01-15 8:53]

Hi Richard,

This is a beautiful shot of the cute little Chickadee. A wonderful pose against a superb background. Colors and details are excellent. A lovely bird and a lovely composition.


Hello Richard,
Very nice DOF in capturing this cute little fellow with perfect sharpness, vivid colour and detials
a very fine composition indeed
many thanks

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-01-15 9:40]

Hola Richard.
Una foto muy hermosa. Agradables colores y finos detalles en la presentacion. El fondo difumado le da un valor mas a tu foto.
Saludos Richard.

Hello Richard,
Excellent capture. very good composition and point of view, terrific ahrpness and depth of field, nice colors and details. well done.

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  • javig Silver Note Writer [C: 9 W: 0 N: 20] (134)
  • [2008-01-15 10:50]

Hello Richard,

good composition + good colors + good background + good sharpness = very good photo

Well done!



Hello Richard
Fine composition and details on this Chickadee against a lovely background.

hello Richard

superb shot of this beautiful bird, excellent details of the
bird's plumage and of the wood, wonderful background,
it is your image's POV and the way you framed the bird
on the image that i like most, TFS


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-01-15 19:13]

Hi Richard,
Amazing capture with great details and colors in a very eye pleasing composition, thanks Richard.

This is a lovely composition with wonderful colors. I like it and the presentation. There is on my monitor, some evidence of pp work; some pixelation on the bird and around some of the edges also a sharpening halo along high contrast edges. What is not evident at all on some monitors is on others. It is always tricky uploading images to be viewed with different platforms and monitors.

Evelynn ; )

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  • darwin Gold Star Critiquer [C: 259 W: 0 N: 403] (1401)
  • [2008-01-15 21:12]

Hi Richard
Stunning presentation
Fine detail and color
Lovely background
Great catchlite
tfs jon

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-01-16 3:38]

Superb portrait, Richard!
This is an excellent capture of the Black-capped Chickadee with superb sharpness, colours, composition, POV, pose and BG....it's great in every respect and you deserve all the praise for this image.
Well done Richard, and thanks for sharing this,

Hello Richard,
This other photo of the Chickadee is equally good!
Sharp details and superb color
Well done

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-01-16 6:45]

Hello Richard, great shot of the Chickadee ! Great composition with a good pose on that beautiful dead branch. The details are very sharp and the background is fantastic, well done ! Thanks,


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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-01-16 7:37]

Hi Richard,
Wonderful shot of this beautiful Chickadee with very impressive details and lovely colours on its plumage. Superb lighting and exposure and you have captured a fabulous expression. Great DOF isolates it from the smooth BG and I like your chosen POV. Very nicely composed. Kudos.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-01-16 12:01]

Hello Richard,
Beautiful photo in a great composition. Very good sharpness and natural colours. There's only a bit noise around the bird and trunk. Fantastic BG and POV.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-01-16 14:43]

Salut Vincent
Excellente présentation.Image bien nette avec un beau point de vue.J'aime bien la pause du sujet ainsi que le détails du plumage.Belle arrire plan et jolie couleurs.
Merci Michel

Hello Richard,
A really lovely composition with wonderful colours, POV is perfect as is the exposure, Cheers Rick :)

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-01-16 20:42]

Hello Richard

These cute little birds are so friendly.You have captured it very well.
Excellent use of lighting here,the colours are vivid and rich.
The POV is excellent,the bird is well placed in the shot.
Very good DOF,the OOF BG has a lovely bokeh.


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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2008-01-16 21:08]

Hello Richard,
Just marking today, my classes started so I'm out
of time.. Congratulations for this wonderful presentation
I'll come back tomorrow with a proper critique..


Hi Richard,
Very good color, detail, comp, DOF, and POV here..
Lovely BG setting off the little chicka dee-dee-dee too ;}
Very well done,

Hi Richard, elegant bird with splendid colors and wonderful details, good sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hi Richard,
Thanks for looking at my butterfly picture and writing your critique on it.
I have seen your work for the first time and it is quite impressive.
I like this image of a Chikadee you have captured in a lovely posture.
You have removed the BG noise quite deftly -- a difficult operation in view of lassoing the disturbing areas without harming the subject.
TFS and regards.

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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2008-01-20 0:26]

Hi Richard,
nice picture, lovely pose and beautiful natural colors captured,
nicelly composed shot with great background
best regards, Dejan

Hi Richard,

This is a really beatiful capture - this chickadee is not too dissimilar to our Coal Tit, lovely composition and focus, simply a lovely pleasing shot!

TFS, Doug

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2008-03-11 19:22]

Bonjour Richard,

Bravo pour cette belle prise toujours agréable de voir une photo de mesange cet oiseau est facinant. Félicitations pour la compo,les couleurs et les détails.

merci pour le partage.


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