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Copyright: Joe Kellard (joey) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-01-27
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 400D (Rebel XTi), Sigma 50-500mm APO EX DG HSM, Digital ISO-200
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/50 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-01-28 5:59
Viewed: 2741
Points: 70
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I took this yesterday at Stocker's Lake. I used a monopod to steady the camera.

I hope you like it!

Latin name
Prunella modularis

Accentors (Prunellidae)

A small brown and grey bird. Quiet and inobtrusive, it is often seen on its own, creeping along the edge of a flower bed or near to a bush, moving with a rather nervous, shuffling gait, often flicking its wings as it goes. When two rival males come together they become animated with lots of wing-flicking and loud calling.

Where to see them
Inhabits any well vegetated areas with scrub, brambles and hedges. Look in deciduous woodland, farmland edges, parks and gardens. Keeps largely on the ground and often close to cover.

When to see them
All year round.

What they eat
Insects, spiders, worms and seeds.

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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To horia: Very heavy!joey 4 01-29 07:18
To horia: Holidayjoey 1 01-29 01:52
To pvs: Not mine :*(joey 1 01-28 07:39
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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-01-28 6:08]
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Hi Joe,
What a splendid start with your new equipment!
Now you're nearly getting up to Ellis' standard!! I like Dunnocks, they're not so easy to see here. All well in focus, sharp details and lovely colours. Well composed too and a lovely background. Very impressive Joe! I don't suppose we'll see so many macro shots from you now ;-(
Many thanks and cheers, Ulla

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-01-28 6:09]

Hello Joe,
Excellent photo of this Dunnock. Perfect sharpness and details. Great vivid and clear colours. Composition, BG, POV and pose are very good.

Hi Joe
Nice shot of this little bird captured with good quality.

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2008-01-28 6:24]
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Hi Joe,

I see a bigma as well,well captured picture of this dunnock,great detail and sharpness,I like the pose as well,superb....


Hi Joe,
I like the details. Well composed as well. A nice pose.
Excellent bokeh and POV.
Well done


Very nicely done,
I like the comp and especially the framing,
Wonderful BG,


Hi Joey,
Me again.An excellent capture of Prunella. Wonderfull! TFS friend!
Greetings from Izmir,

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-01-28 7:32]

Hello Joe,
This is an extraordinarily sharp close capture of a Dunnock with a great pose, from a good POV and in a great composition on the bramble stem.
Superb bird shot!
Don't only stick to macros, you've got bird photography talents as well!
Thanks for sharing this,

A keen image Joey...I believe the perch of thorns is almost as beautiful as the bird itself. By now you must be joining the ranks of the bird expert stage...sort of like the black bluet of the aviary knowledge world.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-01-28 8:17]

Hi Joe,

Another bird I have never seen in real life. Fantastic close-up of this Dunnock. A wonderful pose showing him off beautifully. Top notch details of the face, plummage, and even the legs. Beautiful natural colors and a wonderful background.


Hi Joe,
this is great, you have not use the DSLR for long and already taken this very fine shot, I'm impressed.
Good sharpness and very fine details in the plumage and you manage well with the exposure too.
I like the pose, POV and composition.
Well done.

Hi Joe,
This is wonderful capture. Pin sharp image. Great off background with 3D effect. Very well done.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-01-28 8:40]

Hi Joe

Lovely capture - the texture in the feathers is really great.


Hi Joe,

Great shot!! Wonderful detail - that lens has worked beautifully!! Excellent focus on the eye and beak - pin sharp - great work mate. See you've got to grips with that new 400D already!


Hello Joe, a wonderful pose you caught. Nice close cropping, excellent detail. I was going to upload my version of this dunnock, I'll do it another time now ;-) tfs Rgds Necip - by the way I uploaded it to my website.

Hello Joe
This is the best Dunnock I have seen...I have the Bigma and I have never got close to pulling off a shot as sharp as this..Brilliant for your first use of the lense..And good use of a monopod also..They can be very usefull with this lense...Top Work and my congratulations to you.
All the Best

Hi Joe , very good detailed and colored photo of this very shy bird , TFS .

Hello Joe,
Another excellent composition of Dunnock!
the sharpness in this shot is really awesome, just perfect!
the clarity on the plummage is real good with wonderful colouration!
well done always

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-01-28 10:57]

Hi Joe. I must go to Stockers lake one day . you have captured a fine close up with the sigma of the dunnock. fine detail and colours. well done TFS.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-01-28 11:57]

Hello Joe ! Very good image of that Dunnock, very sharp details, great pose and excellent exposure, very well done, thanks !


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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2008-01-28 12:06]

Hi Joe
This is very nice image
very good sharp and details
well done.

Hello Joe,
outstanding cloes up oh this so cute Dunnock, focus is perfect with many stunning details, wonderfull colours and splendid pose
excellent shot very well composed and very nice background,

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  • viv Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 292 W: 3 N: 653] (3317)
  • [2008-01-28 14:04]

Hello Joe,
Great composition, sharpness and colours are very good.
great job.

Joe: Enhorabuena !! Ya te han dicho casi todo en comentarios anteriores... La toma es impresionante. Lo primero que destaca es el excelente enfoque, pero fijándose bien se descubre un ojo que en pocas ocasiones lo he visto tan bien captado así como otros detalles. Luz casi inmejorable, buen encuadre y precioso posadero.
Un abrazo: J. Ignasi Tejedor.

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2008-01-28 15:01]

Hi Joe!

Thank you to present us this little nice guy. I didn't know him before, but with the help of this picture and the detailed notes I learn much. From the technical point of view, I would like to underline the richness of details and the perfect lighting.

Kind regards


Ahah! Monopod makes the difference! Look at the clarity of details, this is superb! We don't have those birds here and it's a shame :) This is a superb composition with good exposure, very well done!

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-01-28 19:02]

Joey, you're amazing, it's as if you had spent your life doing it. Great capture with very nice details and lovely colours. I like the natural colours and the natural pose, as if you weren't there. Thanks!


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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-01-28 19:29]

Hello Joe

Wonderful POV and DOF.The clarity is excellent.
Razor sharp focus with amazing details.
Well composed in the frame.


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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-01-29 0:53]

Hi Joe,
It looks very good. You are getting better results with your new equipment everyday... I liked this one a lot. Focus, sharpness, POV, composition and pose you captured are very nice. TFS
Best wishes,

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-01-29 6:34]
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Hi Joe

Aaa yes...i see the first shots taken with the new gear...congrats!!!
It's really remarkable how quickly you've adjusted, my friend! These are all some high quality shots!

I also think that the meeting with Necip helped you in getting the grips better with your new camera, plus it gave you that big bonus in trying out all those cool lenses.
You shot here is very nice, with an excellent close-up on this cute dunnock. Considering the very long focal length and the slow shutter speed, i'd say that the sharpness is amazing! Very well done!
Just for my curiosity: how did you find it in terms of weight, with that lens mounted, in comparison with your old Canon? :)
Anyway, splendid work here and in you other recent pictures, too!

Bravo and TFS

PS: holiday was great! very beautiful, cultivating and interesting! definitely a place worth visiting :)

Hi Joe,
Magnifique quels superbes détails avec des couleurs trčs naturelles et un BG qui met le tout en valeur.

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  • lizzie Gold Star Critiquer [C: 207 W: 0 N: 605] (2855)
  • [2008-01-29 16:54]

Hi Joe,

I really like the pose of the dunnock, he looks very elegant perched on this diagonale branch. Great sharpness and excellent details in the plumage. Beautiful blurry background, not distracting at all. Very well done!

Lise ( your french is pretty good, I appreciate your effort!)

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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2008-01-30 0:53]

Hi Joe,
Fantastic close-up of this wonderful bird, details and clarity are amazing,
great work & lovely pose captured,
best regards, Dejan

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-01-30 4:27]

Hi Joe,
Wonderful shot and the plumage is sharp and detailed here. Nice pose and expression and the soft lighting is perfect as is the exposure level. Excellent POV and composition. Kudos.

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2008-01-31 2:56]

Hi Joe,
This is Very well exposed, with excellent sharpness, detail, DOF and colors. TFS

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