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Dunnock's nest in parks, gardens, cemetaries or deciduous and coniferous woods. It is large, and located in dense undergrowth or in the branches of a spruce or pine.

In woodland, the basic building material consists of dry spruce branches, in gardens long bean stalks, and elsewhere the stems of nettles; failing these, the next resort is green moss, of which the lining will amyway be made.

The four to five blue-green eggs blend so well with it as to be practically invisible. The task of incubating the eggs falls mainly to the hen, though the male relieves her at regular intervals during the 12- to 14- day period. When they are between 12 and 14 days old, the young birds leave the nest, and are fully able to fend for themselves soon afterwards.

Dunnocks are common, but surprisingly easy to overlook if cooncealed in a thicket. The staple diet consists of insects, larvae and spiders with berries and seeds in autumn. In September or October dunnocks from the more northerly regions of Europe leave for the western and southern parts; occasionally they also winter in central Europe. The return to the breeding grounds is in March or April.

Photo info :-

Exposure...........:- 1/25s @ f/6.3
Exposure mode......:- Auto
Exposure program...:- Aperture Priority
ISO Speed..........:- 200
Focal lenth........:- 500mm
Metering mode......:- Patern
White balance......:- Auto

This was another dificult shoot, appart from being very cold at Carsington water, it was snowing, so the light was very poor too.

Thank you for looking, and thanx fro the comments on my previous uploadSmile

Camera:Canon EOS 350D
Lens:sigma EX50-500mm APO DG HSM
Recording media:raw digital
Title:~~Dunnock~~
Username:Loupix Loupix
Uploaded:17 Mar 2007 - 10:33 AM
Tags:350d, Bird, Canon, Carsington, Dunnock, Eos, General, Water, Wildlife, Wildlife / nature
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ericfaragh
ericfaragh  10121 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
17 Mar 2007 - 10:57 AM

Nicely picked out from its surroundings.

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User_Removed
17 Mar 2007 - 12:07 PM

1st class shot. Plenty of detail and the setting, with the droplets etc, is supreme. Well done.
Col

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Declanworld
17 Mar 2007 - 2:01 PM

Superb study.

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didgpix
didgpix  7
17 Mar 2007 - 3:16 PM

Superb shot, fabulous composition and excellent detail.

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Davidmet
Davidmet  9209 forum posts England1 Constructive Critique Points
17 Mar 2007 - 3:19 PM

Can't think of any rational explaination why such a fine and delightful photograph has got so few clicks... Well Iv'e got one and it's yours. Wonderful use of dof and colours are natural. Also great explaination of the subject and tech spec which I,and I imagine others, find very helpful. Cracking piece of work. Click.

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Maiwand
Maiwand e2 Member 7Maiwand vcard England69 Constructive Critique Points
17 Mar 2007 - 4:12 PM

Had a shot at one of these today. This one is miles better. Mine is now in the bin!! Lovely shot.
Ron

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martin305
martin305  8 England
17 Mar 2007 - 6:08 PM

A very nice shot and this is only your second upload!! by the way thankyou for your comments on my pics too.

rgs

Martin

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alpha788
alpha788  8 Canada
17 Mar 2007 - 8:26 PM

Excellent detail and composition!

Stan

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MaryMac
MaryMac  8258 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
17 Mar 2007 - 11:12 PM

poor thing looks really miserable in the rain
its a really fine shot with excellent detail especially the drops on the branches
Mary

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Libby_M
Libby_M  7 United Kingdom
18 Mar 2007 - 11:38 AM

this is nice to
look at the detail
well taken

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Shroomer
Shroomer  7 England167 Constructive Critique Points
18 Mar 2007 - 7:35 PM

Superb shot and well presented, those water droplets really add a feel to it all.
Richard

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Pegon
Pegon  978 forum posts England1 Constructive Critique Points
18 Mar 2007 - 10:25 PM

A cracking shot,nice detail on the bird, and I agree with doghouse above about the droplets, they really do add to the image.
Pete.

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jmbphoto
jmbphoto  7
19 Mar 2007 - 7:49 PM

going through your portfolio and it is impressive the way you take the time for the presentation of the images...this with the rain drops is to me so well captured...so slight a bird so much attention to details...wonderful photography

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taggart
taggart e2 Member 1042 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
20 Mar 2007 - 12:01 AM

Beyond fantastic-- love the water drops!

Jennnnnn

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Joline
Joline e2 Member 8Joline vcard United States51 Constructive Critique Points
20 Mar 2007 - 3:07 PM

This is simply magical with the droplets framing it so well. Love it!

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bricurtis
bricurtis e2 Member 91904 forum postsbricurtis vcard England48 Constructive Critique Points
23 Mar 2007 - 10:10 PM

This is a real quality shot,I love it.

Must disagree about your egg description though-I see quite a few of their nests every year,including ones in my garden.
The eggs don't blend at all, the colour fairly leaps at you even with the moss lining.

Congrats on a fine Dunnock pic though.

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