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By Loupix  

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

Tags: Wildlife Canon Eos General 350d Water Bird Dunnock Carsington Wildlife and nature

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ericfaragh Plus
18 149 6 United Kingdom
17 Mar 2007 10:57AM
Nicely picked out from its surroundings.
User_Removed 17 4.9k England
17 Mar 2007 12:07PM
1st class shot. Plenty of detail and the setting, with the droplets etc, is supreme. Well done.
Declanworld 15 37 Ireland
17 Mar 2007 2:01PM
Superb study.
didgpix 15
17 Mar 2007 3:16PM
Superb shot, fabulous composition and excellent detail.
Davidmet 17 209 1 England
17 Mar 2007 3:19PM
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.
Maiwand 15 3 73 England
17 Mar 2007 4:12PM
Had a shot at one of these today. This one is miles better. Mine is now in the bin!! Lovely shot.
17 Mar 2007 6:08PM
A very nice shot and this is only your second upload!! by the way thankyou for your comments on my pics too.


17 Mar 2007 8:26PM
Excellent detail and composition!

MaryMac 16 258 1 United Kingdom
17 Mar 2007 11:12PM
poor thing looks really miserable in the rain
its a really fine shot with excellent detail especially the drops on the branches
Libby_M 15 United Kingdom
18 Mar 2007 11:38AM
this is nice to
look at the detail
well taken
Shroomer 15 14 167 England
18 Mar 2007 7:35PM
Superb shot and well presented, those water droplets really add a feel to it all.
Pegon 16 78 1 England
18 Mar 2007 10:25PM
A cracking shot,nice detail on the bird, and I agree with doghouse above about the droplets, they really do add to the image.
jmbphoto 15 1
19 Mar 2007 7:49PM
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 slight a bird so much attention to details...wonderful photography
taggart Plus
17 47 14 United States
20 Mar 2007 12:01AM
Beyond fantastic-- love the water drops!

Joline Plus
15 38 59 United States
20 Mar 2007 3:07PM
This is simply magical with the droplets framing it so well. Love it!
bricurtis Plus
16 2.6k 52 England
23 Mar 2007 10:10PM
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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