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Merry Christmas TN

Merry Christmas TN
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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: 2007-12-23
Categories: Birds
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50
Exposure: f/4, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Robins of the World, Alex99's favorite photos, Erithacus rubecula - Robin, Narbulbulu [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-12-25 2:55
Viewed: 3940
Points: 56
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Merry Christmas to everyone on TN and Best Wishes for 08

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 on a Sunny Frosty Morning with a Orangey Light
Cropped & Resized

nglen, vanderschelden, Alex99, Juyona, CeltickRanger, eqshannon, Adanac, jaycee, uleko, angybone, marhowie, Necipp, hester, ramthakur 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)
  • [2007-12-25 3:02]

Hi Hilay. Merry Christmas to you. What a fine picture of the robin. good detail and colours. you have used the light so well.
Have a good day,

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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2007-12-25 3:24]

Hi Hilary
great photo, beautifully captured sun light, very nice sharpness and colors

Hello Hilary, VERY cute Robin picture. All fluffed up and round. The composition is also great with good details and colours.

Great work,

Warm regards,

Hi Hilary,
this shot is beautiful, such a cute robin.
I also love the low POV, thanks.
I wish you wonderful Christmas-days and all the best for 2008.
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-12-25 5:26]

Hi Hilary!
Merry Christmas!!
Excellent shot of this Christmas Robin :)
Nice colours and lighting.
Sharp with lots of detail.
Well done!
I hope you have a great day!

Hello Hilary,
A lovely little fellow, with the right amount of fluffiness for the season..!
Good point of view and the warm light enhances the wonderful colours...
Seasonal greetings from Norway,
Pablo -



Nice picture of the robin, I love the light on the subject, its enhance the image. Good details in the feathers and great natural colours. Merry Christmas and happy holidays!


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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-12-25 7:16]

Hello Hil ! Merry Christmas to you ! That's a beautiful Robin with very sharp details and a perfect exposure, I like the pose of the bird and the great POV. Well done, thanks !


Hi Hilary,
Good work.
Excellent DOF.
Merry Christmas to you.

Hello Hil,
Passing by to congratulate you for this wonderful and majestic
portrait. May God bless you and have a wonderful Christmas and
a very happy new year..

Greeting from Arizona.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-12-25 8:50]

Hi, dear Hilary.
What an amazing and perfectly done picture of so fine scene and bird. My congratulations. Charming refined work. My best wishes. Happy New Year and Merry Christmas once again.

Hello Hilary,
thank you so much for your Christmas greeting postcard of a beautiful Robin!
a great composition indeed
sincerely wishing as well
greeting from NZ

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  • medio Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 27 W: 2 N: 35] (181)
  • [2007-12-25 11:29]

Hi Hilary,

Making a pretty good color and great approach, an excellent photo.
Greetings Jose

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-12-25 14:49]

Hola Hil.
buen trabajo y pov,
detalles y excelente color y pov,
Feliz año nuevo

hello Hilary

Merry Christmas to you too

i like the pose of your robin, today it is the 3rd
tine i amn seeing an image where the bird
and the branch are framed diagonaly on the image, i like it,

beautiful colours, excellent on the plumage
i like the pov of the image too, TFS


You have captured the innocence...that is certainly the pose and look, combined with the colours and texture...but come back to the innocence...this is what it reminds me of...a definitive image from a great angle...and obviously a good photographer!

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-12-26 7:42]

Hello Hilary,
Great shot of a Robin from an unusual POV, not often we see all the features from below. Nice sharpness, lighting (in sunshine!), colours and fine contrasting OOF BG in an excellent composition.
I hope you had a good Christmas and best wishes for 2008!

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-12-26 7:46]

Hi Hil,

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas. Your robin is perfect for the season. You caught him in a wonderful pose showing off his lovely face and fine plumage. Excellent colors and details and a lovely setting. Happy New Year!


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-12-26 7:52]

Hello Hil,
THanks for your greeting and for Robin! Hope you're enjoying Christmas! Great capture in beautiful light. Details are sharp too and colours natural. You're lucky to have had a sunny day, we haven't seen the sun for weeks!!
Many thanks and best wishes for the New Year!

Hello Hil,
splendid capture here, fantastic colors and perfect focus, I like very much the low point of view,
excellent post,
cheer and all the best for 2008

We sure miss you when you're not around. :)
Wonderful shot...great light and color. Great POV!

Hope you had a great Christmas Hilary..
I like the warm color, DOF, and detail in your post today, Nice shot! :)

Hi Hilary haven't seen you're posts in a while good to see you are still active. I was taking shots of robins today, you done a superb job of this it's so sharp and detailed, lovely light and well composed. Have a great New yr best wishes Necip.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-12-27 20:00]

Hello Hil,
Beautiful details and colors in this splendid composition. The point of view is very good also, thanks for sharing.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-12-28 12:09]

Hi Hilary

What a little cutie. I see we have both been making friends with Robins. This made a perfect Christmas card with the frosty scene, warm light and perfect sharpness. I love the details on the breast, he looks so fluffy.

I hope you had a lovely christmas



Hi Hilary,
Please forgive me for my belated response to your wonderful picture. I have not been keeping well lately.
Your picture of the Robin is stunningly beautiful. The use of light is truly fantastic in this picture.
Wishing you a peaceful and joyous 2008 and with best regards,

Hello Hilary

Bravo pour cette bonne composition bien colorée, belle image, bravo pour ce beau sujet
félicitation et au revoir,,,JP

Je te souhaite une bonne année 2008

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-01-25 21:18]

Hello Hil

I missed this at Christmas...I hope you and your family had a wonderful Christmas.
These little birds are so cute,I wish we had them here.
You have captured this little one well,all puffed up against the cold.
Excellent sharp detail and focus.the lighting is warm and the colours are well saturated.It definitely has the Winter look to it.


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