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Chirping Dunnock

Chirping Dunnock
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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: 2008-10-06
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 400D (Rebel XTi), Canon EF 100-400mm L IS USM, Digital ISO-800, Hoya 77mm UV Filter
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/250 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2008-10-10 2:39
Viewed: 3417
Points: 50
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Here is a singing Dunnock on the buddleia bush in my garden. Whenever I hear a high "Cheeep!" I rush to the back door (where my camera is always set-up on a tripod) and sure enough there's the plump little Dunnock perched on the branch above where he likes to feed :-)

I hope you like this!

In the Workshop is two shots of a kind of Warbler (I think maybe a Wood or Garden Warbler), the photos aren't very good but if someone could correctly I.D. the bird then I'd really appreciate it!

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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To nglen: weekendjoey 1 10-10 13:39
To eqshannon: picjoey 1 10-10 08:45
To Argus: Cheers!joey 1 10-10 05:15
To iris: DOFjoey 1 10-10 03:46
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hello joe,
lovely capture of the Chirping Dunnock, it resembles to our own common house sparrow ( female) i liked the composition and the eye contact very much,
well done,
tfs & regards

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  • jesst Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 368 W: 0 N: 172] (2441)
  • [2008-10-10 2:50]

wonderful sharpness and detail. very good shot

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-10-10 3:14]
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Hello Joe,
Your Dunnocks seem to be much more approachable than ours: they keep to the woods in Sweden. This is a fine sharp close portrait with excellent details of the head and breast as seen from this frontal POV.
Both WS pictures show an adult Chiff-chaff. The garden w. does not have any hint of an eye-stripe and the willow and wood warblers are yellower with much less brown tones.
TFS and have a good weekend,

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2008-10-10 3:15]
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What a cute bird and i can see the way you wud dash for the back door ...to get another set of shots of this 'bootycooty' ..i love that eye which gives the impression that it has little pearls stuck around its bottom rim...Thanks for sharing well done..

P.S:Technically you are way ahead than i am in photography..so let me check with you....is the OOF due to Dof probles?

Hi Joe well captured. Good DOF & sharp focus on birds eye. Nice colors. Well done. Regards - Adil.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-10-10 3:38]

Hello Joe,
Lovely close-up of the Dunnock chirping away!
Great focus on the eye, lovely colours and well composed.
TFS and cheers, Ulla

Hi Joe,

Good detail and sharp focus on this bird. The tripod helped a lot. Background nicely out of focus making the subject stand out well


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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-10-10 5:09]

Hello Joey, great picture of this Dunnock and you really seem to enjoy this little bird. It is beautiful. About the warbler, I don't know, the View 1 has the leaves in front and the View 2, it looks like a juvenile, but I may be wrong! I am not specialized in bird from the Old World. Thank you Joey, your participation here on TN is remarkable,


Hello Joe,

Great capture.
Nice colours with excellent detail.
Composition and light are very good.

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2008-10-10 8:19]

Hi Joe
Nice close-up shot.
Have a good weekend.

Net..you got close in Joey and had shallow but well used depth...That lens and such was well worth the extra work you had to do to get it...Very well and don't forget;-) today sometime?

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-10-10 8:38]

Hi Joe,
Very nice image of this Dunnock, I see you choose a shallower depth of field here to blur the background and just leaving its face and neck tack sharp. Thank you for sharing Joe.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-10-10 10:00]

Hi Joe,

I love singing birds and I REALLY love this Dunnock. Usually when I hear a bird and tiptoe out the back door in a second it flies away. This is a beauty - the face is wonderful with the beautiful eye and the details surrounding it. Plummage is marvelous with nice shadings and sahrp sharp details. Lovely pose, background and composition.


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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2008-10-10 10:20]

Hello Joe,
I also add points to such successful shot. Although sharpness is on the head of the bird and so is it very good.
Regards, Pawel

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-10-10 10:38]

Hello Joe,
The sharp focus on the head and throat is perfect. Great frontal POV. Excellent natural colours, also in the BG.
Have a good weekend,

Ciao Joe, beutiful bird in great pose with fine details and splendid sharpness, perfct focus and lovely blurry BG, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-10-10 12:31]
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Hi Joe. This is a fine close up of the Dunnock . You have sharp focusing around the head area just where you would want it. with good detail and natural colours. The eye is first class with good use of the light. well done TFS.

Have a good weekend.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-10-10 13:56]

Hola Joe,
preciosa captura y pov,
exquisito pov y colores hermosos.

Hi Joe,
Very good capture of Dunnock in action. As Ivan is saying Dunnocks are very timid in the north and I haven't properly seen one before I moved to UK. Even here they usually are partly behind something. I hope you will get better lighting as this is otherwise just perfect, DOF is very shallow. It still is an excellent photo. You have good pose and composition, sharp details and natural BG.

Nota de 9,4 v10 jajaja Toma de gran profesionalidad ya que has sabido conjugar el encuadre, los espacios y el fondo sin olvidar los parámetros principales como el enfoque y la profundidad. Un ojo soberbio y un conjunto muy agradable.
Un abrazo: Josep Ignasi Tejedor.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-10-11 8:44]

Hello Joe, Superb shot and a great closeup shot. Sharp focus and thanks for sharing Ganesh

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2008-10-11 8:52]

Hello Joe!
How pleasant to see your gallery again full of wonderful and interesting pictures! How beautiful and perfectly captured this little bird. You are really a master photographer, and I would like to learn much of you. I like a lot the details on the face and the eye-contact.
Thank you very much for sharing.
Best regards

P :)

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-10-12 10:22]

Hi Joe

This is am amazing close up shot of this dunnock! I am amazed at how close you get to these birds. Perfect light, sharpness, DOF and POV...just perfect really :)



Hello Joe,
I came back newly and I can visit this beautiful post of yours, now. It is great capture for beautiful dunnock with great sharp focus, timing, POV/OOF and eyes contact. Nicely composed. I agree with Ivan's for those on WS. TFS, have a nice week.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-10-14 1:46]

Hi Joe,
Nice close-up portrait of this cute little fellow. Good POV and pose. TFS
Best wishes,

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