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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: 2009-01-10
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 40D, Canon 400 F5.6 L.
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/50 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): My favourite naturescapes [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-01-13 10:02
Viewed: 3645
Points: 100
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I took this Dunnock in the garden at the weekend , the more i look at these little birds the more appealing they are. I am not over keen on the BG but i could not do anything about it . The wood it on is part off my feader so i might put this in another part of the garden .

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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  • Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
  • [2009-01-13 10:05]

hi nick,
lovely picture. fantastic composition. lovely perch

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-01-13 10:14]

Hi Nick,

A beautiful shot of this Dunnock - a bird I have seen only on TN. His colors and shadings are very pretty. Fantastic details - the face is marvelous with the eye and the eye ring - every feather of the wing and plumage stands out. The pose is excellent. I kind of like the background - a little different and very pleasing. Composition, as always, is wonderful.


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-01-13 10:16]

Hello Nicholas,
What a beautiful composition this is with perfect exposure! This is high quality work from you.
Best regards Siggi

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-01-13 10:20]

Hello Nick,
Fantastic photo of this Dunnock. I've got one in my garden too. Amazing pose, composition and sharp details. Very beautiful natural colours. I find the contrasting colours in OOF BG beautiful.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2009-01-13 10:20]

Hi Nick

Great pose plus excellent detail and colours.


Hi Nick,

What a cutie! It looks like a mix between many birds I know :) I like this background a lot and as usual, composition, details and exposure are perfect. Tones of colors are much agreeable. Thanks,

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2009-01-13 10:43]

Hello Nicholas
Perfect shot of this beautiful dunnock with nice warm colours and details.
TFS and G's,

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2009-01-13 10:47]

Hola amigo,
preciosa captura y foco,
buenos colores y encuadre,
saludos Nick.

Hi Nick,
that's fantastic, excellent shot.
I also had this bird in my garden - first I thought this is an unusual sparrow - later I realised what kind of bird this pretty one is.
I love those impressive eyes. Thanks and greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hi Nick,
A nice capture of this beautiful Dunnock bird. Superb sharp details and a lovely composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hi Nick,
Looks a bit like a big Dunnock:-)
You were pretty close. Probably you couldn't get closer with the 400mm.
Very good pose and thus moment.

Hi Nick,

Great picture from this beautiful singing male Dunnock.
Very good pov and dof.
Exellent details and sharpness.

Beautiful colours have you here.


hello NICK
so beautiful!!!
a beauty of a picture
i like the colours and the GREAT sharpness
greeting lou

Ciao Nick, lovely portrait of cute bird in beautiful pose, fine details and wonderful sharpness, fantastic blurry BG, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2009-01-13 12:15]

Hi Nick!

Common, but I see it for first time :-) Not very colorfull but still looks great. Perfect details on plumage, great pose and light. BG isn't bad at all.

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2009-01-13 12:18]

merhaba nick
wonderful capture of this cute bird (Dağ Bülbülü, in Turkish)
composition, POV, BG, DOF, sharpness and details are great

A highly aesthetical capture with plenty of technical merit Nicholas, a perfect job of an expert my friend, goes straight to my favourite naturescapes theme. TFS this wonderful image indeed!

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  • volkan Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 497 W: 10 N: 4] (2425)
  • [2009-01-13 12:48]

Hi Nick,
This is one of the best dunnock photos I've ever seen..
beautiful details and colors..
TFS this image...

Nice bird but BG a bit disturbing, dont you think ?
Nothing can be done but I'm sure that if you could, you'd have chosen another one !

Hi Nick,
Excellent capture of Dunnock. I find this bird usually behind some twigs or leaves but there he is in open wide. Good pose and composition, pin sharp fine details, bright natural colours.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-01-13 15:19]

Hi Nico,simply a great pic,perfects colors and sharpness...and i like a lot the color of the background too..beautiful work,thanks for share,Luciano

hello Nicholas
great shot very well composed, I like the pose of this dunnock very much. splendid sharpness with a lot of details on his plumage
very well done

Hello Nicholas,
great shot, superb sharpness and depth of field, wonderful details in the plumage and eye, lovely catchlight, beautfiul colors and very nice oof background.

Hi Nick,
it is true that when one looks at the duller or drab birds first impressions might not be favorable towards them but that would be wrong as you know ,because there is often much texture and subtle colour variation to be seen with their plumes.I took a photo of the common house sparrow once and was amazed at just how lovely the bird really was,that and what chipper singers they are as well.This Dunnock like the house sparrow is just such a bird.The capture is clear and sharp,showing the colours very well and the textural subtleties that are needed to identify the bird.A fine capture regardless of the background you speak of and thank you Nick for sharing. Bob

hello nick,
you looks great on the profile picture,:-0), this is a fine capture, the composition, the details of the plumage, the colours look perfect,
very well done,
tfs & regards

Even the word Dunnock has a Brit view or in language hear to it...and of course it is wonderful..I truly enjoy your works..If I were to choose just one..I would have a real hard time...and if I had to pick each one that I like as a favorite....my list would have to be 4-5x what it is...Very nice!

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2009-01-13 21:48]

Hi Nicholas!

Your garden seems to be a paradise for birds! Moreover, you are a very good observer as well as a very good photographer. This picture here simply is marvellous. The magnificent colour tones make it an outstanding one. The usual sharpness and the rich details this reveals highlight the beauty of the bird at best.

Kind regards


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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2009-01-13 21:51]

Hi Nick,

Whata fine photo of the bird you have made. The image is so sharp that even fine details of the plumage can be seen. The colors of the bird have been well rendered looking saturated and vivid. The bird has a good pose so that all body can be well seen. The bird stays very nice against the fine colored and blured background.


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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2009-01-13 23:54]

Hi Nicholas,
Outstanding shot of elegant Dunnock with immaculate sharpness and details. Lovely colours and lighting. Nice pose captured.
Excellent POV, DOF and composition.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2009-01-14 1:13]

Hi Nick

Very beautiful close-up of this Dunnock, my friend!
You are correct: they are very appealing little birds and if one is able to get some close to one and take such great shots, that texture, color graduation and pattern on their plumage is very eye-catchy. This is the case here, when you managed a super sharp shot which makes the cute dunnock look even better.
I don't mind the BG too much really. So long as its out of focus and contrasting with the subject, it fine.
Very well exposed and composed here, as well.

Bravo and TFS

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-01-14 1:47]

Hi Nicholas,
Excellent capture.Sharpness,pose of bird,BG,harmonious colors and details are wonderful.
Thanks for posting.

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2009-01-14 2:19]

Hello Nick
A wonderful shot from you again.Sharpness,details and blur BG is
excellent.Well done.TFS

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2009-01-14 3:16]

Hello Mr Glen,
another fine contribution to yuor well stocked gallery! Don;t actually nmind the BG here, not that distracting in my opinion. All other ascpects are as always - superb.
P.S Got your email and spoke to Jai, really hope things improve soon mate :o)

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-01-14 5:29]

Hello Nick,
A really splendid close view of the Dunnock, a bird we seldom see here. I like its pose and you show all parts very clearly and the light is beautiful. I think the background goes really well too!
Many thanks and regards, Ulla

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-01-14 5:55]

A real gem here Nick!
You caught this Dunnock in just the right pose, from just the right POV with excellent sharpness and lighting. It stands out well against the OOF BG that looks like it might be a red fence. Great eye contact too.
A superb portrait and thanks for sharing it.

Salut Nick
Très belle photo de ce bel oiseau. J'aime bien sa composition et ses couleurs, la netteté est parfaite ainsi que le BG.
Bravo et au revoir...JP

Hi Nick,
a very nice picture of the dunnock, it's maybe a bit more colourful in the summer plumage but it's lovely on your shot.
Well exposed with great details and sharpness. It's also well composed with a fine POV. The BG is maybe not the best but what to do,
I think your dunnock was very co-operative ,and sat still for your 1/50 sec.
And Greg still have a bad memory he is getting old. ;-))
Well done.
BTW, let Joe try your lens.

Hi Nick, a real beauty indeed. İ loved its posture and the way which it is looking. Composition, colours and clartity are great as usual.
TFS and cheers,

wow , what a great capture Nick!
perfect light and sharp , fine details and beautiful colours , nice background and good contrast ,

hello Nicholas

beautiful close-up photo of the Dunnock, a bird that i don't know,
beautiful warm luminosity and colour tones, great sharpness
and details of its beautiful plumage, TFS


Hello Nicholas,
Nice picture with a beautiful composition, sharpness and fine details. Good job.
Best regards.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2009-01-14 16:38]

Hello Nick,
Perfection absolute perfection. Thank you for this incredible image Nick.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-01-15 4:40]

Hello Nicholas,
You are right, this is a very beautiful bird. Very fine-shaped with subtle colors of plumage. And I think that your background is also beautiful, its colors are special anf fit with the plumage of the bird. Great shot.
Thanks a lot

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2009-01-15 11:04]

Hello Nick,
This is a very nice shot, a bird I'm not familiar with.
Great POV and sharpness.. Well done


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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2009-01-15 17:29]

I like the dark background, Nick, with the superbly saturated colours of the bird, it's a great background to me even though it is not even. I like patches of light and colours but that's my taste. And you are right, those little birds seem very nice and beautiful. Another great one and tip of the hat to you!


This picture has that punch which i would like to see, the colors, details and the composition are excellent.
Goutham R

  • smurali Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 205 W: 14 N: 609] (3596)
  • [2009-01-16 9:19]

Nick, I envy you. The birds seem to choose a lovely background every time you are taking pictures. The Red in the backdrop is simply beautiful and compliment the bird very well.

- Murali

Hi Nicholas,
what beautiful colours in this wonderful composition; a great view of this Prunella modularis captured with superb sharpness; i like this bashful bird against a good OOF natural BG. A very very great work.
TFS. Best regards.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2009-01-17 13:07]

Superb shot of this Dunnock, Nick!
Very fine detail.
Excellent composition.
Great lighting.

Very well done,


Hello Nick

Another sharply focused capture.
The plumage detail and texture is terrific.
Wonderful lighting and natural colours.
Great job.


Sharp & detailed Nicholas, interesting BG, but weird..Just kidding ;-}}
Very good exposure DOF, and POV, nice colors.
Well done & TFS,

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