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Afternoon at Tea Time

Afternoon at Tea Time
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Copyright: Mish PM (Finland_in_Eton) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 154 W: 23 N: 225] (876)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-04-20
Categories: Birds
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50
Exposure: f/4, 1/250 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-04-20 13:33
Viewed: 2904
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I've several Blue Tits, a pair of Magpies and now, finally, a pair of Robins visiting my window box feeders. The birds, with their short visits are proving a bit of a challenge, as is the sunlight. This is a west facing window and the only one where I can put feeders out. This was my first attempt with the birds being backlit like this. Fortunately the robins don't mind that the window is wide open... that saves me from dealing with glare on the glass. Also, robins being bold, cheeky little things by nature, they are not skittish like the tits and magpies, and don't seem to mind my fussing with the camera settings. (the camera was on a tripod a few feet from the window)

As always, any suggestions for improving my photos is welcome.

I noticed today that when the second robin arrived at the window box the first robin engaged in the begging behaviour usually seen in fledglings new out of the nest, and the second robin proceeded to feed it. Curious, I did a search on the net and found the information below from the Oxford Journal - Behavioural Ecology at:


"Female European robins beg for food from their mates throughout the breeding season using far-carrying "seep" calls which resemble the begging calls of fledglings. We investigated the possibility that these calls are eavesdropped by neighboring males and used as cues to target intrusions during the fertile period. Female seep calling and male courtship feeding peaked in the fertile period, and males appeared to modify provisioning rate in relation to seep calling rate. Further, there was a positive correlation between rate of courtship feeding and clutch size, both of which tended to be inversely related to seep calling rates. These observations imply that the seep call is a hunger signal directed at pair males. As the signal is loud and given most frequently during the fertile period, it must also contain information about fertility and location. Playback experiments suggested that this information is eavesdropped by neighboring males, who responded to rapid rates of seep calling more readily than slow rates and to calls broadcast at the edge of territories rather than their center, presumably in search of extrapair copulations. Pair males can reduce the intensity of the female's signal by courtship feeding, and thus male provisioning may protect paternity."

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what a skinny little fellow! I think I've been over feeding mine up here.

Great capture. Good use of the light. Nice and sharp. Good neutral backdrop.
I think I might have cloned out that one blade of grass.


bonjour mish
quelques zones un peu surexposées mais de belles coleurs et un bonne netteté.
le POV est bien.
bravo et bon week end.

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  • Dan Gold Star Critiquer [C: 113 W: 0 N: 2] (18)
  • [2007-04-20 14:31]

Hi Mish,

Excellent image of this Robin, great moment of capture and interesting light.
TFS, Dan

what a beautiful back light effect.
A marvel.

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2007-04-20 16:31]

bonjour Mish,
assez rare d'avoir une prise de vue par transparence, ici les pattes semblent encore plus fines et fragiles qu'à l'ordinaire. Belles couleurs.


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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-04-20 17:28]

Hola Mish,
bella captura, detalles maravillosos,
preciosa iluminación y detalles.
excelente primer plano.

HI Mish,
Excellent control of exposure has made this picture. The back lighting with the right amout of fill do make the bird stand out. Nice work and TFS

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1001 W: 4 N: 3276] (14759)
  • [2007-04-21 5:20]

Super shot and wonderful background and excellent POV

Hi Mish Maggs..Nice carp on your pic!!
This a great image of a robin. The light and detail are superb. As for improvement..its just great as you took it on the day.
All the best

Hi Mish,
Given the light is coming from the back side, this photo has good exposure, good color saturation, and nice BG blur.
Thanks for sharing.

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