Portraits of a Dunnock

I was really pleased with these two photos of dunnock, taken today at the edge of Falmer Pond. Dunnocks are very plain birds, so getting a slightly dreamlike portrait wasn’t what I would normally set out to do. This one was being ultra bold and was perched just above the water. I took a number of shots through the branches, but all of them were marred by branches across the face and wings. The only clear angle I could get was by getting down low and partially shooting through the foliage. At least though, its face was clear, and that was the main thing I wanted.



Two other shots from today to go with that pair, both scoring on the cuteness scale. First is a muddy chiffchaff. It was hanging around near where I photographed the dunnock, perching briefly before flying down to the muddy bank of the pond.


Last, a baby rabbit. There were several of them hopping about at the edge of the churchyard, but as with the dunnock getting a clean shot was not easy. In fact I didn’t, and this one has been cleaned up a little in photoshop.

baby rabbit

Camera note: all photos taken with the Canon 7D Mark II and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens.

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  1. Darko April 2, 2015 at 1:07 am #

    Nice ones and a baby rabbit is a plus to all of it. Rabbits are rare in Vancouver neighbourhood, I’ve seen only one in 3 years, last year near Joffre Lakes.
    Either that or they are hiding pretty good 😀

    • Words April 5, 2015 at 9:29 pm #

      Darko, thanks. Baby rabbits are so lovely to photograph. I’m surprised you don’t have many. I thought they were literally everywhere!