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 upload
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