Before I ever met a chickadee, I was fascinated by the cute name already. There are no chickadees over here in The Netherlands. A lot of look-a-likes and European cousins, but this little one has quite a good reputation that preceded the actual encounter I had with him. So I was very curious about this cutie. We were walking in a bird estuary here when I saw some small birdies in the corner of my eye, flying away. They had black little heads so I suppressed an excited scream; this must be the world famous chickadee! I walked a bit further away, and there they were again, teasing me. When I tried to photograph them…they were gone again. Cheeky-dee!