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Dunnock (2)

Dunnock (2)
Photo Information
Copyright: Paula van Balen (pvb) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-01-14
Categories: Birds
Camera: Pentax K100D, Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 DG Macro, 58 mm UV Hama
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-01-14 8:17
Viewed: 3048
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [Dutch]
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.
The Dunnock will not be seen using a bird feeder, but prefers to pick up food from the ground which has been dropped by other birds.
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.
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 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.
If you want the here the song of the dunnock than you can go to this website:

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Hello Paula,
This is a nice bird that I don’t know about. Your POV is a little busy but I know that it is not always that easy to have the ideal POV. I like those colors and the nice light in its eye. Thanks for these usefull notes,

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-01-14 9:00]

Hi Paula.
Really wild nature scenery. I like the picture of this small cute bird into its native environment, true colour palette, impressive POV and nice DOF. The image is soft a bit but it is no so important. My compliments and TFS.

Hello Paula,

Excllent work, Great colors bg POV DOf nice done

TFS Kyle

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-01-14 9:30]

Hi Paula,
Lovely capture of this bird, the focus is a bit soft, but that is hard when faced with attempting a shot through branches. The color, composition are very good, thanks for sharing.

Bonjour Paula

Excellente prise,la composition est très jolie et l'ation et la pose de l'oiseau sont parfaits. Domage pour la netteté qui est légèrement flou et les belles couleurs.

Merci pour l'envoie.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-01-15 15:35]

Cute little bird, he is certainly trying to hide from you. Nice DOF and colours. Excellent note



Ha Paula,

mooie foto van deze heggemus

compo,kleur,POV,DOF en BG zijn perfect

Gr Thijs

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