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Copyright: Paula van Balen (pvb) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-06-03
Categories: Birds
Camera: Pentax K100D, Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 DG Macro, 58 mm UV Hama
Exposure: f/6.7, 1/350 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-12-13 10:44
Viewed: 3555
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
De zang van de Heggenmus doet veel denken aan de zang van de Winterkoning. De Heggenmus heeft echter nooit een triller zoals de Winterkoning die kent. En de zang van de Heggenmus is ook zachter, minder hard en luid. Maar wel net zo mooi! Eind februari en begin maart kunnen we de zang al horen. Die is in de periode maart tot in mei vaak uitbundig en het zal niemand die de zang kent, verbazen dat de Heggenmus tot de betere zangertjes wordt gerekend en dat in de oude vogelboeken veel voorkomende naam 'bastaardnachtegaal' daar wel eens verband mee zou kunnen houden.
Bron: www.ivnvechtplassen.nl
The Dunnock, Prunella modularis, is a small passerine bird found throughout temperate Europe and into Asia. It is by far the most widespread member of the accentor family, which otherwise consists of mountain species. It is sometimes called the Hedge Accentor, Hedge Sparrow or Hedge Warbler.
It is a bird of woodland, shrub and gardens. It builds a neat nest low in a bush or conifer, laying 3-5 unspotted blue eggs.
The Dunnock will not be seen using a bird feeder, but prefers to pick up food from the ground which has been dropped by other birds.
This is a Robin-sized bird, 13.5-14 cm in length, fairly drab in appearance, and somewhat resembling a small House Sparrow with its streaked back and general shape. It is also brownish underneath, and has a fine pointed bill. Adults have a grey head. The sexes are similarly coloured.
This species makes up for its drab appearance with its breeding behaviour. Females are often polyandrous, breeding with two males at once, and thus giving rise to sperm competition. Males compete for mating access to the female, but DNA fingerprinting has shown that chicks within broods often have different fathers, depending on their success at monopolising access to the fertile female. Males provide parental care in proportion to their mating success, so it is not uncommon to see two males and a female provisioning nestlings at one nest. Polyandry is rare in birds, with only about 2% of species showing such a mating system; the majority are monogamous, where one male and one female breed together.

The song is thin and tinkling.
If you want the hear the song of the dunnock than go here

This juvenile dunnock was playing hide and seek with me but I managed to capture him when the parents arrived with food.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-12-13 11:23]

Hello Paula,
You have taken a very nice shot of a Dunnock. Though the dark branch on the right is a little negative you did right not to try to clone it away. The rest of the shot is Excellent: the Dunnock is pretty sharp, with good lighting, taken from a fine POV and the rest of the composition is fine.
In Sweden dunnocks are hard to photograph as they keep to the undergrowth.
Thanks for sharing this,
Regards, Ivan

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-12-13 11:38]

Hi Paula.A good POV of in this shot of the Dunnock. you have used the light well to give natural colours. good sunlight in the eye. a nice low POV/DOF. well done TFS. good notes too.

Hi Paula ,
very nice iamge with great composition.
well exposed
thanks for sharing

Hallo Paula,

Mooi vogeltje. Het zonlicht valt heel mooi in dat kraaloogje. Wist niet dat ze zo mooi konden zingen. Trouwens een interessante website van IVNVechtplassen. Je POV en achtergond zijn goed. Die diagonale tak waarop de mus zit geeft ook wel iets bijzonders aan de foto. Een scherpe opname met mooie natuurlijke kleuren. Goed shot. Groeten en TFS BOB

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-12-13 12:33]

Hallo Paula,
Prachtig scherpe foto in fantastische natuurlijke kleuren. Erg goed compositie. Jammer dat die donkere tak over de foto loopt. Anders was het helemaal een topfoto geweest.
Leuk om eens aandacht aan de zang te besteden.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-12-13 14:03]

Hola Paula,
buen trabajo y excelente pov,
detalles y brillante foco...

Hi Paula,
Beautiful capture of this dunnock!
You were really close and bring us great details on the bird's plumage.
The pose and composition made with the branch works pretty well.
Congratulations and thanks for share it.
My best regards,

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-12-13 18:22]

Hi Paula,
Outstanding shot with such sharp details and nice colours on its plumage. Superb lighting and exposure. I like the glint on its eyes and the calm pose. Very beautiful BG which makes this shot look even better. Excellent POV and DOF. Very nicely composed. Kudos.

Hi Paula,
This is a nice bird that you capture in a beautiful pose with good details, exposure and composition. I like those birds that I don't see here. Catch-light in his eye is very lovely and lively! Thanks,
PS Today is very cold here but we have quite a warm winter so far with lot of snow! :)!

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-12-14 12:43]

Hi Paula.
What an excellent close-up bird picture. Especially I like impressive eye of the bird. Wonderful reproduction of the plumage, nice blurred BG, great 3D-effect and excellent composition and framing. Bravo and TFS.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-12-14 16:54]

Hello Paula,
A beautiful image with sharp plummage and eye detail, the colors are natural and the point of view is excellent, thanks Paula.

Ha Paula,

Prachtig shot van deze Heggemus
Perfect van scherpte en compositie
mooie natuurlijke kleuren en een leuk lichtje in het oog

TFS Thijs

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-12-22 13:53]

Hi Paula

This is a beautifully sharp and detailed shot. Great light, sweet pose abd well composed



Bonjour Paula
Excellente Prise de vue! Avec une belle composition et de belles couleurs, bon contraste entre le bg et le sujet. Merci pour le partage .
bravo et au revoir...JP
Bonne année 2008

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-01-10 19:48]

Hello Paula

A lovely close up of this dunnock,you have managed an excellent close POV.
The plumage detail shows well and you have captured wonderful eye contact.
Nicely placed in the frame in a natural setting.


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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-01-11 9:03]

Hello Paula ! That Dunnock is very sharp and the light on it is great. You've done a great exposure and the background is very nice ! Thanks !


Hello Paula a fine capture of the Dunnock, excellent pov and nice light/contrast. Good work tfs rgds Necip.

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  • reina Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 257 W: 1 N: 330] (2032)
  • [2008-05-13 12:55]

Hoi Paula, wat een leuke post met de tekst erbij van de Heggenmus. Afgelopen week veel rondom vechtstreek gewandeld waar een vogel heel erg veel gezang liet horen, kon niet zo dichtbij komen maar leuk om nog eens uit te zoeken of het ook om een heggenmus gaat. Bedankt voor je post.
groet reina

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2008-07-05 8:01]

hi Paula,
belle image de cet accentueur, POV impeccable, lumière et couleur bien vives.


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