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Copyright: Robert Brown (Robbrown) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1184 W: 88 N: 2160] (6106)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-07-30
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/8, 1/80 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2004-07-31 15:50
Viewed: 5276
Points: 20
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Just when you need something other than an insect And boy do I have a card full of more wasps, fortune smiles on you, and this little birdy comes and sits on the wheel of one of the nursery transport trucks, waiting for moma to come with some food.
This is a Dunnock also know as a hedge sparrow or Accenteur mouchet in french (Prunella modularis).This small bird it seems is found across most of europe. it is one of the many LBB (little brown birds) this one likes to be close to cover at all times where it seeks mainly insects and other creepy crawlies though it will eat seed and fruit, will come to a bird feeding table. they can have 2 broods a year in April May, nest are usually found in dense bushes and are cup-shaped , nornally 4 -5 bright blue eggs are layed We often find nests in the potted shrubs on the nurseryand have to leave them till after fledging ,After hatching it takes about 3 weeks to fledge , which is where we are in this picture day one after leaving the nest, not sure whats safe to be near and still needs mum for food she was near bye and as soon as I moved back she called it to her under cover of some bushes with a beak full of food.It looked to be the only one in the group so I hope it makes it not many do which is why most birds have several broods a year.
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  • milloup Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 482 W: 40 N: 619] (1716)
  • [2004-07-31 15:58]
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I think you mean Prunella modularis ;-) We're supposed to have these here as well, but I haven't seen any. They're counted as sparrows here, but according to this info that's incorrect:
"In plumage it may seem rather sparrow-like but its old name of Hedge Sparrow was misleading. Its slim build and especially its fine pointed bill prove that this isn't a sparrow at all. Key identification features include rich brown upperparts, neatly streaked with black, bright orange or pinkish legs and, above all, the lead grey colouring of the head and breast."
Cute capture, nice and sharp with some down from the nest seemingly still hanging on. It's quite interesting to notice how the bill is still very wide - in readiness for food intake ;-). Amazing how fast these little critters develop!

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2004-07-31 16:13]

A nicely composed and detailed shot,with great focus.
The old rusty wheel is a good background and works very well.
A great note too,hope it makes it!

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-07-31 16:25]

We have lots of LBB's here to and I often have to rely on people like Callie to set me right. I hope he didn't look at you and said " Mommy I missed you so much, where's my food" I really like this capture!

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  • Jax Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 77 W: 0 N: 150] (500)
  • [2004-07-31 18:06]

Lovely capture Rob, I've been watching the little ones in our garden but haven't managed to get close as yet - they're a much underrated bird in my humble opinion.
Lovely colours, good focus and an unusual composition just add to the beauty of the shot.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2004-08-01 1:03]

Good and original photo ! Nice colors, good compostion and DOF. It is funny the constrast with old wheel and the young bird ;-)

Very good seen Robert,
It's a sweety, very good composed, good colours, good dof, very good job you did.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-08-01 5:15]

Awww, looks so unready for life. Great colours, I like the contrast with the rusted metal in both a colour sense and in an old and new sense. Great detail.

Points tomorrow

Great capture of this tiny creature and very good composed with all the rust around it.

What a beauty, what a funny, and all in
the colour "RobertBrown"
Nice picture !

Oh, it is real cute Robert. I do not know what Bente means by saying it is not a sparrow at all - zoologically it belongs to the order Passeriformes (Sparrows).

Anyway it is a very nice picture of this little newcomer very detailed, the colours are just right and I simply love the way its looking at you. Very informative note too.

He says: how can I fly? This one is young, we can see hair on the head.
Well captured (the picture)

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