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Copyright: Razvan Zinica (zetu) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-12-21
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 40d, Canon EF 100-400 mm F4.5-5.6L IS USM
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-01-04 2:35
Viewed: 2545
Points: 38
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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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 resident in the milder west and south of its range, but as an insectivore, must migrate south from the colder parts of its range. 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.
It is a host of the Common Cuckoo. It is likely that this association is recent, since other Cuckoo hosts have learned to discriminate between eggs, and the Cuckoo has consequently evolved eggs that match those of its host. In the case of the Dunnock, there is no resemblance, yet the Cuckoo eggs are accepted.
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. They were introduced to New Zealand between 1867 and 1882 and now breed throughout the country including on the Chatham, Antipodes, Auckland and Campbell islands.
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 try to ensure their paternity during courtship by pecking at the cloaca of the female to stimulate her to eject the sperm of other males with whom the female has recently mated. 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, a sweet warble which can be confused with the Wren. However the Wren's song incorporates repeated trill sounds and the Dunnock's does not. While the bubbling song of a Dunnock is very pleasant, it has been described as being similar to a squeaky trolley wheel. The main call is a shrill, persistent "tseep", which often betrays its otherwise inconspicuous presence.

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Hello Razvan,
to day we are neighbours; a fantastic capture of the Dunnock taken from an excellent POV with superb sharpness and wonderful winter light, splendid natural colours, a very pleasing composition with a lovely pose among the reeds.
Best regards

hello Razvan
I like this beautiful colors, the composition is lovely, fine focus and clarity, it's a good photo!
keep photographing! TFS

Hello Razvan,
Hope you'll be fine. What a wonderful shot of this beautiful little bird! The colourful plumage of this bird and the autumnal colours of the vegetation add to the beauty of the focused bird which seems so alive. The bird even displays a bit of chill that it is feeling if I am not wrong.Thanks for sharing this photo and thanks for your support, Razvan, I am grateful....take care...warmest regards/Abid

Hello Razvan,
Beautiful picture of the Dunnock captured with a fine POV. Excellent sharpness and details. Nice pose. And lovely natural tones.
Thanks for the share,

Ciao Razvan, lovely bird in nice pose againdt a beautiful blurry BG, fine details, splendid natural colors and great sharpness, I like a lot, bravo, ciao Silvio

Hello Razvan,

This is a fairly complex picture, the bird is well captured in the foreground and the diversity of lines that provide the dried leaves, complements the image very well. Is a good trimming and vertical composition.



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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-01-04 8:30]

Frumoasa pasare, la noi foarte rar vad asa de aproape! O fotografie reusita, felicitari!

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-01-04 9:07]

Hello Razvan,
Very nice photo of this Dunnock in an attractive pose. The colours are splendid, very natural, with the brown and blue in the BG. Excellent sharpness and details. Very good POV and composition.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-01-04 9:57]

Hello Razvan,
A very fine capture of a Dunnock in the reeds. The POV is great and the pose shows all the features with excellent sharpness, colours and lighting.
Thanks and ahve a good week,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-01-04 10:57]

Hello Razvan,
A pleasant composition with this Dunnock.
Well done on the close-up work, effective point of view and the resulting composition works well.Good details in the plumage.
Best regards Siggi

hello Razvan
i like the composition very much
great colours and good sharpness
super shot
greeting lou

Buena pose, bellos colores cálidos y gran naturalidad del conjunto Razvan.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2010-01-04 14:12]

Hi Razvan,
Excellent capture of this Dunnock.POV,natural colors,clear eyes and composition are wonderful.
Thanks for posting..

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2010-01-04 14:31]

Slav Razvan,
What a beautiful little bird in nice pose and excellent capture with great colors and details.TFS.Regards,

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  • waylim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 296 W: 8 N: 489] (1765)
  • [2010-01-04 17:13]

Hello Razvan,
I like it, the golden tone of the whole image, very good details on this cute little guy. If you can without loosing quality, I would even suggest cropping more of the left to bring us closer to the bird for a great impression. Very nice. Thanks

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2010-01-04 19:18]

Hello Razvan,
A great image of a bird that I'm not at all familiar with. Love the looking over the shoulder pose and wonderful detail. Your right, they do resemble the female House Sparrow with their camouflaged coloration. I like the natural habitat that you managed to capture him in. Well done!!

Hi Razvan,
Very nice capture in a beatiful environment. TFS,

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-01-06 4:35]

Hi Razvan,
beautiful bird shot with ecellent display of camouflages. You have presented it so well. I like the bird pose too, great dark eye against the brown surroundings.
Well presented shot.


Hi Razvan

the light in this shot is excellent, I know how 'drab' they can be becuase we have plenty of them in our 'garden' - it was orginally part of a wood/coppice and on the edge of farmland and a nature reserve, so we get all sorts of birds. What I really like about this phoo is the warmth that comes from it highlighting the chest of the dunnock.


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