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Easter Robin

Easter Robin
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Copyright: Hilary Wilkinson (Hil) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-03-21
Categories: Birds
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50
Exposure: f/4, 1/100 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Robins of the World, Alex99 favorite shots [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-03-23 4:26
Viewed: 4760
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I think going to give this little guy a name as he is so friendly and always up to getting his picture taken, well a few seeds as bribery helps too, he is easy to recognise as he had three distinctive red flecks on his breast.

Robins Song

The Robin is one of the few birds in the UK that sing all year round. This is due to the importance of holding winter territories. Only for a short period in late summer while they are moulting and inconspicuous do robins stop singing. Both sexes sing.

As with the Nightingale, the song is usually delivered from a concealed perch within a bush or a tree exposed perches are infrequent. Autumn and spring songs are distinctly different. The autumn song starts after the moult, from late summer onwards. It is more subdued and melancholy in its tone, while the spring song is powerful, confident and upbeat.

The spring song can start as early as mid-December, reaching full force in spring. Its purpose is two-fold: to defend a territory and to attract a mate. Therefore, spring song is far more powerful in males.

Robins are adapted to life in poor light and are often active in half-light when few other birds are about. They tend to be among the earliest birds to start the dawn chorus and one of the last to stop in the evening.

Street lights and floodlights can trigger singing in the middle of the night, and if roosting Robins are disturbed, they can burst into song even in complete darkness.

Notes from the R.S.P.B website

taken in shady area although the light was OK
Added a touch of USM
Cropped and resized
I also made a short movie file and once I manage to upload it I will send a link

Happy Easter to everyone who celebrates it and if not have a great day too.

nglen, ramthakur, Royaldevon, uleko, Alex99, eqshannon, CeltickRanger, angela926, Juyona, warnzy, Luis52, hester, Tamrock has marked this note useful
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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-03-23 4:39]

Hi Hilary. They get so tame when food is around. you have captured a fine well detail close up of your little friend. bright colours on such a wet Sunday. well done. TFS

A happy Easter to you.

Though this is a very frequently seen bird here on TN, your image of it falls into outstanding category, Hilary.
Excellent POV, sharpness and colours. You have made the cluttered BG to banish into an unobstrusive backdrop.
Well done and TFS.

Hello Hilary,

I'm just a sucker for any robin! They have such charm and, as you say, character!
This is a very sharp and detailed shot.
The feathers, the features, the colours and that little twinkle in his eye, are all excellent. He is in a pretty b/g and nicely composed.

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-03-23 6:49]

Hello Hilary,
Nice to see you active again! This is a gorgeous capture of Robin very sharply in focus. Impressive sharp details and lovely natural colours. It stands out nicely from the background too.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-03-23 6:53]

Hello Hilary,
Attractive capture of an Easter Robin, fluffed up almost like a painted egg! I like the pose and low POV and it is sharp enough to make it stand out well from the busy but OOF natural BG.
Thanks for sharing this beauty and enjoy the rest of your Easter break,

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-03-23 10:13]

Hi, dear Hilary.
I cannot believe that your camera can produce high-end quality shots. I know you can make wonders but every camera have own limitations. It is true masterpiece. Amazing scene and terrific reproduction of all its features and details. Bravo and my congratulations.

and a Happy Easter to you as well...A lovely robin for the day and for the season of rebirth of all things natural. Nice dedicated image to the fine images you do!

hello Hilary

Happy Easter to you too

superb close shot of this very cute bird, i love your low POV
at the level of the subject, i alos love that in the framing
you kept a good space in front of the bird, excellent DOF,
excellent sharpness and details of the foreground, TFS


Hello Hil
I have to be honest and say that the Robin is my favourite bird.(I know we shouldnt have favourites!!)
You have caught this gorgeous one in a unique pose showing how the greys of thier plumage can run along the eyeline to the crown of the head.
Superbly sharp details and spot on colours.
Thanks for sharing this beautiful picture.
All the best

Hello Hilary,
very good image of the Robin well captured!
very sharp with beautiful colouration and details
many thanks for sharing

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-03-23 14:58]

Hi Hil,
we had a friendly Robin up at my Sister's Horse stables and we named him Rodney :-) He still potters about searching for seeds and whatnot among the hay we put out for the Horse :-)

This really is a superb image of this little Robin!
You've got right down to his level giving a more natural POV and the composition is splendid!
The colours are nice and vivid and that red breast is very eye-catching.
Sharp with a heap of detail and superb clarity.
Great DOF and focusing too.
Very well done!

Hello Hil,
Fantastic shot, beautiful colors and nice details, excellent composition, good low point of view, superb sharpness and very good depth of field.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-03-24 1:51]

Hola Hilary,
buena captura y pov...
color y plumaje hermoso.
agradable compo,
Saludos y feliz dia.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-03-24 9:01]

Hello Hilary, that's another fine picture of the Robin, the details are very sharp, the light and exposure are great and the composition is very well done, thanks!


Hi Hil,

This is a lovely shot of a Robin; amongst the best I've seen on TN. Stunning level of detail; lovely pose from the bird, and the pov is perfect (you must have been lying down for this one). Perfect posting for Easter.


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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-03-26 7:46]

Hi Hilary.
Wow. Sorry I miss this great image from You. It is just beautiful little bird. looks like a eastern egg. Great pose and colors. Well done My friend.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-03-27 13:38]

Hi Hilary

Lovely Robin shot. It shows them as I like to see them..hoping along the ground. Great POV and composition. I like the cheeky glint in the eye.



hi hilary!
fine pic on little robin
sharp and well composed!
well done!

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-05-06 7:15]

Hello Hil

A lovely capture of this cute little robin.
The eye contact and detail is well done.
Very good colour saturation.
Nicely composed in the frame.


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