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Copyright: Siegfried Potrykus (siggi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-01
Categories: Birds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-02-07 1:25
Viewed: 2318
Points: 52
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
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.
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. They were introduced to New Zealand between 1867 and 1882 and now breed throughout the country including on the Chatham, Antipodes, Auckland and Campbell islands.
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 try to ensure their paternity during courtship by pecking at the cloaca of the female to stimulate her to eject the sperm of other males with whom the female has recently mated. 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, a sweet warble which can be confused with the Wren. However the Wren's song incorporates repeated trill sounds and the Dunnock's does not. While the bubbling song of a Dunnock is very pleasant, it has been described as being similar to a squeaky trolley wheel.
The main call is a shrill, persistent "tseep", which often betrays its otherwise inconspicuous presence.

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Hello Siegfried,
a beautiful picture of the Dunnock taken from an excellent POV with good sharpness and bright colours, a nice composition with a lovely pose of this cutious bird.
Have a good Sunday

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-02-07 1:57]

Hi Siggi,a new nice portrait from your excellent winter collection.The light position was decisive for the beauty of your pic,perfect sharpness,colors and great atmosphere too.Have a nice Sunday and thanks,LUCIANO

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-02-07 2:00]

Hello Siggi,
A very nice capture of a Dunnock. I like the pose on the twig and the POV shows the breast and turned head with excellent sharpness and colours against a fine contrasting neutral BG.
Thanks and have a good Sunday,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-02-07 2:14]

Hello Siggi,
Excellent photo of this Dunnock in this pose. Great sharp focus on the head. Beautiful natural colours. Ideal frontal POV. Nice OOF BG, composition and DOF.

Hi Siggi

Wonderful image of the Dunnock, shown with a lovely pose from the bird.
Note is very interesting and informative and i like the composition very much.

Well done
Kind Regards

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2010-02-07 3:03]

Witaj Siggi,
this macro with this magnificent little bird and very beautiful.
Nice POV with some details and beautiful colors.
Have a good day,

Hi MF Siggi,

Stunning image of this Dunnock beauty!
The clarity and details are first class, as is the focus and exposure.
TFS and have a nice Sunday MF!


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-02-07 4:06]

Hello Siggi,
A lovely capture of a Dunnock with great focus on the eye and on the orange legs typical for this bird. Great details and beautiful colours and I like the dark background against which it looks really nice!
TFS and regards, Ulla

Hallo Siggi,
gute Bildkomposition und schöne Farben obwohl es nur ein brauner Vogel ist.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-02-07 4:51]

Hi Siegfried,
beautiful and really beautiful. The shot is so close and very sharp.
The eye is shining beautifully and the branch gives a good graphical effect.
The dark background is really exciting and thrilling.


Hi Siggi,
diese Heckenbraunellen haben schon besondere Augen, schimmern so rötlich, das gefällt mir sehr.
Tolles Bild, herzlichen Dank.
Dieses Jahr hat sich dieser Vogel leider noch nicht in meinem Garten blicken lassen ;-(
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hello Siggi,

A great capture of Dunnock with lovely coloration, sharpness & pose. Well taken & presented. TFS & regards.


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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2010-02-07 6:44]

Czesc Siggi!

Ten ptak to wielka zagadka dla mnie - nigdy takiego nie widzialem. Udalo Ci sie zrobic swietne zdjecie z ptaszkiem w ciekawej pozie, z bardzo oszczedna kompozycja i calkowicie czarnym tlem. Swietna fotografia.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2010-02-07 7:07]

Hallo Siegfried,
Very beautiful capture of this dunnuck.Lighting is splendid.I liked POV,details,pose of bird and composition a lot.Have a nice sunday!
Thanks for posting..

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-02-07 7:19]

Wonderful portrait with beautiful light, bit too close. tfs.

Hello Siegfried,
Please, you exceed expectations! this is a real show of talent and photographic genius! thanks for posting this! is an excellent work! TFS

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-02-07 8:41]

Splendid photo, great colors and very good composition, nice BG too!

hello Siegfried
very good picture with good details and nice pose
beautiful colours
greeting lou

Hi Siegfried. A beautiful shot with nice sharpness.
Thanks for sharing..
Best Regards

Hello Siegfried,
Lovely capture with superb details and excellent colours.
Exceptional composition and POV. The dark background is amazing.

Buen encuadre aunque algo forzado por el poco espacio en los laterales. Naturalida en los colores.
Un bonito trabajo. Saludos y buena semana: J. Ignasi.

Hello Siegfried, excellent shot of a dunnock with wonderful details and fine composition.
TFS and regards,

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2010-02-07 15:41]

Hi Siggi,

This Dunnock has the most beautiful eye! I have only seen this bird in pictures but it does resemble some of our sparrows. A wonderful pose showing off his nice face and pretty plumage. I love the vertical composition.


Hello Siegfried,
an bird picture instead of an butterfly? good pov and exellent details.
Fine natural colours.


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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2010-02-07 23:06]

Hi Siggi

A very good pose and nice lighting, outlining the bird. Nice work.

Best wishes


Ciao Siegfried. I like the POV and the pose. Good light and sharp. Delicate compo. Bravo!


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