Chestnut-backed Chickadee Bathing I

Chestnut-backed Chickadee Bathing II

Chestnut-backed Chickadee Bathing -Spin Cycle

Chestnut-backed Chikcadee all nice and groomed

Critique Style Requested: Standard

The photographer is looking for generalized feedback about the aesthetic and technical qualities of their image.


At one time Tuesday Morning there were six of these in and around my pools at once. I suspect they were all siblings, but I can’t be sure. As is typical of the Chickadees in general, they don’t hold still for long and they love to bathe.

Specific Feedback

Any suggestions for improved processing on any of these are welcome.

Technical Details

Sony A1, FE 200-600 @ 600 mm, tripod with gimbal head, f/6.3, 1/500, iso 2500, manual exposure. Processed in LR & PS CC. Various crops to suit the situation.

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Sweet! He/she cleans up pretty good! Nice detail and action! You did a great job catching the millisecond pauses in the first two.

Very nice pictorial essay here Dennis, from start to finish. Loved the spin cycle…shutter slow enough to show the motion and drops in the air. Great idea!

Nice series Dennis. Really like your water feature photography set up. I think I like #2 the most with the water drops emanating from the back of the bird’s head. We don’t have this species in my area. This is a great looking chickadee, well presented.

Pretty much a West Coast species, Allen from central California up into Alaska with another population in the mountains of Eastern Oregon, Eastern Washington and adjoining areas of Idaho, Montana, B.C. and Alberta. It’s an altitudinal migrator, though we usually have a pair or two that hang around during the summer. I’m pretty sure these were the offspring of one of those pairs.