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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: 2007-06-02
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D200, Nikon AF-S VR F4 200 - 400mm 1:4G ED, Digital ISO 200
Exposure: f/8, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-06-04 16:36
Viewed: 5027
Points: 11
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
One of Britain's commoner little brown birds which when you get closer prove to be quiet colourful as you can see here in this male/cock Dunnock also called a Hedge sparrow (Prunella modularis), to make up for it's lack of dazzling colours it has a voice to catch your ear either like here from the top of a post or bush top exposed to the neighbourhood Sparrow Hawk, to from the middle of a bramble patch for when he feels less secure.
You could spend 5 minutes and look at this juvinille I took a while back with the Old Faithfull Sony F707
Young Dunnock
Taken Late in the afternoon, hand held with the new 200-400 VR Nikon, not a planned shot at all, but I was walking along and my ear was caught by his singing from the top of a fence post. he allowed me to within 30m and the sun was in my favour behind me , lighting him well from the side.
Though hand held i tucked the elbow of the arm supporting the lens into my side to steady it, also pressed the Shutter as I was breathing out, it is when you are most steady, therefore the least amount of shake even with the help of Nikon great bit of VR (Vibration Reduction) technology.
Taken in RAW and converted to Tiff in Raw shooter and transfered to Photoshop CS to crop and sharpen and resize the file down to TN size.
Hope you like.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-06-04 18:19]

Hi Robert
Very nice capture .Very sharp with nice details in the plumage.I like the BG blur and colors.Also nice catchlight in the eye.
TFS Michel

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-06-04 20:29]

Hi Robert,

A beautiful capture of this Dunnock. Beautiful colors, details, bg and pose. The eye is spectacular.


Hello Robert , very good comp. POV and colors , also sharpness , TFS and good luck.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-06-05 5:09]

Hello Robert,
Brilliant profile of this Dunnock, a bird that is less common here and pretty shy. I don't think I've seen such a sharp capture of it before. He looks quite stern and the eye is amazing! Very fine sharp details and good colours that stand out against the green background.
Many thanks and regards, Ulla

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2007-06-05 5:52]

bonjour Robert,
un oiseau commun en France aussi, et peu farouche. Belle réalisation, c'est net, coloré et le support bien choisi.



Lovely bright image of this Dunnock.

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