Dunnock (Prunella modularis)

Often referred to as a hedge sparrow. It lives in woods and shrubberies and is commonly found near garden feeding stations. One way to tell the dunnock is the fast flicking of it’s wings and the bright colour of the eye. They nest in hedges or bushes laying 4 - 6 eggs which hatch after 12 days.

This is a common bird, so the photography is not difficult, try and use a hide as this will enable you to get closer. Never shoot through glass windows as this will cause distortion in the bird and a loss of detail. Use fast shutter speeds 1/500 of higher and use an f stop of about F8 or higher to give good depth of field. These birds never eat on feeders but are commonly seen underneath eating the ‘crumbs’.