Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Two Commoners

Two of our common species.

These images were taken during a snow flurry, 
hence the white specks that appear in some of them.

The Dunnock
Although brown in general appearance, close inspection reveals quite a lot of pattern in this bird.

Lumix GH3. 100-300mm lens. 1/500 at f5.6 - 300mm(600). ISO1000




"Now you see me"


"Now you don't"


The Great Tit

Quite the opposite to the Dunnock, you can see a Great Tit coming from a mile away.{:))
This is a male that has a broad black stripe down the front, the female has a narrow broken stripe.



Lumix GH3. 100-300mm lens. 1/500 at f5.6. - 300mm(600). ISO1000



24 comments:

  1. Dunnocks are under-rated birds aren't they and your photos have really captured their interesting and subtle plumage :-) Good to see the Great Tits too :-)

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    1. Thanks David, they also have a beautiful song as well.

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  2. Lovely shots Roy! The Dunnock is nearly as good as Harry's! ;) You did well getting the Great Tit, they never seem to sit still long enough for me!
    J
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    1. Thanks John, no, I have a long way to go to catch up with Harry's {:))

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  3. A great set of images Roy. Far from being brown and drab I think the Dunnock has a beautifully intricate set of plumage and is quite stunning in the right light!...[;o)

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    1. Thanks Trevor, I agree they are very smart birds.

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  4. You've done really nice photos here and in the last post, Roy!
    The Dunnock has not visited much my garden this winter!
    it a very pretty bird I agree!
    Well done, cheers!

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  5. Lovely shots, Roy. The Dunnock series is particularly fine.

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  6. Hi Roy, you have made beautiful pictures of these two 'commoners'. But, as a bird-lover, I think there are no common birds. Every bird is beautiful in his own way (well, almost every bird). I much like the Dunnock pictures, nice details, stripes, warm colours....

    Kind regards,
    Marianne

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    1. Hi Marianne, thanks, I was meaning common in the sense of numbers rather than anything else. They are all lovely birds in their own way.

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  7. Lovely images, Roy - I love the Dunnock. I rescued one recently after it crashed into the window - a lovely experience.

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    1. Thanks Christian, I had an experience in the same way once, where I rescued a Swift that had grounded and could't get airborne without a little help from me.

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  8. I have to agree with all of the above, the Dunnock is much under-rated and has the sweetest simple song. (-:

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  9. Hey Roy...I like the first one it shows the nice line of gray that is around the eye and cheek area (do birds have cheeks?) ; )
    The Great Tit always looks very dapper with his black strip down his front!!
    Very nice commoner shot's!!
    Grace

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    1. Thanks GG, they definitely can be very cheeky.{:))

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  10. Hi Roy

    You captured some beautiful birds. I love the colours you show of all the various tits on your posts.


    Guy

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  11. A great set of pics again Roy. Dunnocks are attractive little birds and of course they have a very colourful personal life! The Great Tit is very handsome I think.

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    1. Thanks Jan, yes very colourful.{:))

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  12. The Dunnock and Great Tit. Both are very nice in the picture. The dunnock is still not easy to photograph. It is very successful for you here a wonderful series of drop.

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