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Find Robin

Find Robin
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Copyright: Grzegorz Wieczorek (red45) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-01
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 400D, Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 APO DG Macro
Exposure: f/9.5, 1/500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-02-06 10:08
Viewed: 3529
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Well camouflaged robin taken two weeks ago.

The adult European Robin is 12.514.0 cm (5.05.5 in) long and weighs 1622 g (9/1613/16 oz), with a wingspan of 2022 cm (89 in). The male and female bear similar plumage; an orange breast and face (more strongly coloured in the otherwise similar British subspecies E. r. mesophilus), lined by a bluish grey on the sides of the neck and chest. The upperparts are brownish, or olive-tinged in British birds, and the belly whitish, while the legs and feet are brown. The bill and eyes are black. Juveniles are a spotted brown and white in colouration, with patches of orange gradually appearing.

The Robin has a fluting, warbling song in the breeding season, when they often sing into the evening, and sometimes into the night, leading some to confuse them with the Nightingale (Luscinia megarhynchos). Nocturnal singing in urban Robins occurs in places that are noisy during the day, suggesting that they sing at night because it is quieter, and their message can propagate through the environment more clearly. Daytime noise outperformed night-time light pollution as a predictor of nocturnal singing activity in urban robins in Sheffield, England. Both the male and female sing during the winter, when they hold separate territories, the song then sounding more plaintive than the summer version. The female Robin moves a short distance from the summer nesting territory to a nearby area that is more suitable for winter feeding. The male Robin keeps the same territory throughout the year.

The Robin occurs in Eurasia east to Western Siberia, south to Algeria and on the Atlantic islands as far west as the Azores and Madeira. It is not found in Iceland. In the south east, it reaches the Caucasus range. British Robins are largely resident but a small minority, usually female, migrate to southern Europe during winter, a few as far as Spain. Scandinavian and Russian Robins migrate to Britain and western Europe to escape the harsher winters. These migrants can be recognised by the greyer tone of the upper parts of their bodies and duller orange breast. The European Robin prefers spruce woods in northern Europe, contrasting with its preference for parks and gardens in the British Isles.

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Hello Grzegorz
Wonderful this little robin!
Great capture of this active bird!

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2010-02-06 10:27]

Hi Greg

You are right, this little European Robin is so well camouflaged that if it sit perfectly still
another animal would most definitely not see it at all. However, it couldn't hide away for
your well conditioned eye or your eager lens. While it absolutely blends in with its natural
surroundings it still has enough colour for the human eye to appreciate this beautiful little
bird. You captured nice sharp details on the plumage and even with a pin sharp catchlight.

Well done and TFS.
Take care and have a great weekend.

hello Grzrgorz
super sharpness pose of this little beauty
nice dtails and good light
greeting lou

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-02-06 10:52]

Hi Grzegorz
Great capture and great camouflage to this lovely little bird.

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2010-02-06 11:07]

Witaj Grzgorzu,
Rudzik wyglada pieknie w miejscu pozbawionym sniegu. Bardzo dobra ostrosc. U mnie na Podlasiu w zimie nie wystepuje, mamy zbyt ostry klimat.
Pozdrawiam, Pawel

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2010-02-06 11:24]

Hi Grag. A fine close up of this Robin which you have taken with fine detail and sharp focusing in the feathers. Your use of the winters sunlight has made for bright colours. well taken TFS.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-02-06 12:02]

Hallo Grzegorz,
Mam parke w ogrodku i dziennie je obserwuje jak przyjda sie pojesc.One sa naprawde sympatyczne.Bardzo ladna prezentacja dobry oczny kontakt.Wyglada ze mu troche zimno bylo bo sie tak napuszyl.Pozdrawiam Siggi

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-02-06 12:14]

Hello Greg,
This a great close-up of a Robin and its nice to see the snow behind it!:).
Technically excellent in great lighting and nicely composed with the autumn leaf BG.
Thanks and kind regards,

Hi Grzegorz,

Wonderful capture of this lovle little bird. You have done it very very well. Bravo and TFS.


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2010-02-06 15:18]

Hi Grzegorz,

No matter how well camouflaged there is no way to hide this beautiful Robin. Wonderful colors and details of his face and plumage. The texture of his feathers is marvelous. I love the pose on the matching leaves.


Hi Grzeg,
Without snow the robin is camouflaging well, but what's he doing now, in a classical Middle-European winter (with much snow and cold)? Yes, I know, the answer's "he's chilling". Photographic-wise a fantastic shot with great sharpness and many details, a pleasing composition. Color palette isn't dominant, but the title's "Find Robin", so it isn't surprising at all. :) Good visual impact, congrats and tfs.
Have a nice Sunday, Wladyslaw

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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 2:36]

Hello Greg,
Excellent photo of this Robin in very beautiful light and camouflaged colours. Superb sharpness and details. Good POV and composition.

Excellent shot, Greg,
these robins are so cute - but also very shy and hectic, never sitting still ...
I love the light and the colours here, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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