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Copyright: NICHOLAS GLEN (nglen) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-01-31
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 7D, Canon 300 F4 IS USM & 1.4 Converter
Exposure: f/8, 1/160 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite Bird photos -6- [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-01-31 9:18
Viewed: 2816
Points: 62
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This was taken in the garden this afternoon. I have been waiting to get the Dunnock on to this part of the log for a long time.

Dunnock ( Prunella modularis ) Length 14 - 15 cm.
Common but unobtrusive resident breeding bird in Britain and Ireland, except on Shetland. Adult has a chestnut brown back , blue grey underparts, streaked flanks and needle bill. Feeds quietly on ground searching for insects and seeds. Most noticeable in early spring when male sings lively.Favours woods , hedgerows and gardens.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2010-01-31 9:31]

Hello Nick,
Amazingly sharp image with great natural colors. The setting is superb what is that burl that it is on? Thanks Nick for this excellent piece of work.

Hello Nick,

An excellent shot of this Dunnock with fine coloration, sharpness & details. Beautiful pose, POV & BG. Well taken & presented.

Thanks & regards.


Hello Nick,
Lovely capture with very sharp details and excellent colours.
Great composition with good light and nice colours.

Hi Nicholas...
If I touch this bird with my hand on the screen, safe and flies away!

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-01-31 10:15]

Hi Nick,what a impressive focus on the bird and what a beautiful colors in background,another fanatstic bird pic taken at the best....as usual! My best compliments,have a nice week,Luciano

Hi Nick,
Looks as if you are getting on fine with the new camera. Lovely photo of an often overlooked bird. The eye is particuarly sharp and stands out,

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-01-31 10:26]

Hello Nicholas
Wonderful capture of this dunnock. In my country it is very shy and not a common presents.
Well done

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  • volkan Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 497 W: 10 N: 4] (2425)
  • [2010-01-31 10:50]

Hi Nick,
a great capture with fine details my friend..
thanks for your visit on my last post..all is well and thanks a lot for your concern..take care

Hello Nick,
Very nice shot of this well camouflaged bird, with perfect management of light. I think it is the same bird who visits my little garden sometimes, but I could not take a shot of him until now... TFS, Cheers,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-01-31 11:51]

Hello Nicholas.
Great close-up with fantastic combination of colorful, wonderful BG and light, extremely well sharpened and detailed bird on the undergrowth branch. As usual composition is outstanding as well as POV and DOF.Best regards Siggi

hello Nick
this is a super picture with very good details and beautiful colours
nice shot and good pose on the wood
i think it is a Female
Male are more grey
if they walk on the ground look it is a mouse
greeting lou

Hi Nick,

Another fabulous bird picture. The detail is great and along with the pose you have caught it in, it really displays the birds plumage well. Good colours and a nice blurry background.
Great capture and TFS


hello Nick

an excellent photo of the Dunnock with a very fine POV & DOF,
superb focus great sharpness and details of the plumage,
and lovely warm colour tones of the image, TFS


Hi Nick,
today you are showing my "wrong sparrow" - don't think I'm crazy - but when I saw this bird the first time in my garden 2 years ago I realy thought that this is a sparrow - that on the shot I recognised that impressive eye and searched for the name of this beauty. In German: Heckenbraunelle.
Thanks for your fantastic shot, excellent.
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hello Nicholas
Wonderful capture of lovely Dunnock. In this time, BG is different; but very nice agan. Vivid eyes iris very beautiful as like its plumage and pose. you greatly took it with sharp focus and great POV/DOF. exposure and colors superb. aslo composition and eyes contact great. Dunnocks give their best poses to you; I have captured the species several times; but they stayed among piles of bushes. You are lucky.
Thanks for sharing this beauty.
have a nice evening and nice new week.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2010-01-31 15:18]

Hi Nick,

Wonderful photography to capture this Dunnock which blends so well with the setting and is still seen perfectly. Wonderful details of the intricate patterns of the face, wings and plumage. Beautiful colors and a gorgeous eye. I love the pose and composition.


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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2010-01-31 22:15]

Hi Nick

A superb pose and well worth the wait. Great detail.

Best wishes


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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2010-01-31 23:08]

Hi Nicholas,
Very beautiful capture of this dunnock.POV,clarity,details,glisten eyes and composition are wonderful.Have a great week!
Thanks for posting..

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2010-02-01 0:22]

Hello Nicholas,
I saw on TV what horrible winter you have some time ago but now I see that you have constantly about 5-8 degrees . This Dunnock feel very well. Photo taken with perfect sharpness against very similar colours BG hard to see it. In my region on average 50 cm of the snow cover but are places where dunes are above 1m high.
Regards, Pawel

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-02-01 1:00]

Hello Nick,
I've got also a pair of Dunnocks in my garden, but it's very difficult to take a good photo of them, because they are very busy birds. This one is just perfect. In this setting it has camouflaged colours, very beautiful. Great sharp details. Great work!

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-02-01 1:31]

Hello Nicholas,
A very fine "ton sur ton" picture. Not easy to make a good shot in this situation. Very precisely focussed on the bird which you caught in a nice pose too. Discreet and subtle bird-picture.
Thanks and kind regards

Hello Nick,
another fantastic capture of the Dunnock (i am jealous: i have not good pictures of this cautious bird), superb sharpness and marvellous colours, excellent POV, DOF and composition, very well done.
Have a good week
Ciao Maurizio

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-02-01 7:19]

Hello Nick,
A superb capture of a Dunnock nicely perched on the log. Your patience in waiting for it to stand in this way has been rewarded.
The use of ISO 1600 has produced fine sharpness and colours without noise so that it is well seen against the OOF but busy BG of the log.
Great camera and great use of it!
Thanks and have a good week,

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2010-02-01 9:56]

Hi Nick
Excellent capture of that unknow specie for me.Good low pov and very sharp image.Excellent plumage detail and beautiful pose in a natural habitat.
TFS Michel

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  • hansh Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 1 N: 741] (2762)
  • [2010-02-01 10:56]

Hello Nicholas.

A great capture of this Dunnock.
I spcially like the colors, those of the bird fits perfectly with the colors in the background.
Very well done.

Gr. Hans

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-02-01 11:02]

Hello Nicholas
Wonderful capture this lovely Prunella modularis!
Details and colors are great!

Hello Nicholas
another superb capture from your garden, it was worth waiting a long time, this Dunnock is a beautiful bird and it is shown with wonderful details and nice focus on his eye, he is very well highlighted in spite his colors are almost the same that the environment
Have a good night

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2010-02-02 17:47]

Hello Nicholas,
Looks like your patience has finally paid off for you with an incredible image. Tac sharp detail and gorgeous camouflaged colors have captured this bird in what almost seems to be a 3D effect.
This is a real winner in my book, and one to certainly be proud of!! Nicely composed with perfect exposure and great DOF. Superb!!!

Hello Nicholas,

an very good picture from this bird.
Great of details and with fine colours.


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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2010-02-03 3:38]

Merhaba Nicholas,
çok güzel bir fotoğraf; renkleriyle benzeşen arka alana rağmen algılamada önemli bir zorluk görünmüyor.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-02-03 5:33]

Hello Nick,
This little Dunnock is beautifully camouflaged against the background. He probably thinks you can't see him! :-)
A very sharp capture showing lovely details and colours of this pretty bird.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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