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* 400th Posting *

* 400th Posting *
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Copyright: NICHOLAS GLEN (nglen) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-10-18
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 40D, Sigma 50-500mm f4/6.3 DG EX Apo HSM
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/100 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Milestones, Robins of the World, Erithacus rubecula - Robin, Narbulbulu [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-10-19 7:05
Viewed: 4340
Favorites: 3 [view]
Points: 86
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Today is my 400th posting on TN. I had another Robin ready for today but i got this one in the forest yesterday and like this one more because of the autumn colours. As many of you know this is my favourite bird.
Many thanks to all the members who have critiqued my pictures over the last 20 months . Tn has taught me a lot in this time so a big thanks to you all.

Robin ( Erithacus rubecula ) Length 14cm.
The Robin is one of the most familiar and popular garden Birds of all. The Robin is an aggressive species with the males sometimes fighting to the death to defend their territory.
The male and female are almost identical with brown crown, wings, upperparts and tail, a grey band along the sides of the breast, white belly and the famous red breast which is actually a deep orange colour. Juvenile Birds can cause confusion as they lack red in their plumage, being a rather dull spotty brown in colour.
Robins sing all year round, defending summer and winter territories with their fluty melodic song.
The Robin can be found in almost every garden as it is one of the tamest Birds, happily feeding alongside humans as they work. They will often take live food such as Earthworms or Mealworms from the hand.
Breeds from March to August building a cup shaped nest from grass and leaves lined with hair. Lays 4-6 pale blue-white eggs lightly spotted with red and incubates for 13-15 days. The young fledge after 12-14 days. They often have two broods

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Congratulations on your 400th Nicholas, a real beauty for a commemorative post my friend, shortly I see nothing to criticise within this perfect tableau of nature.

Congrats Nicholas... and it is appropiate that you chose your favorite bird for this posting... excellent composition, detail, POV, and lighting... love the BG "sun" glowing. Well done... TFS


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-10-19 7:33]

Hello Nick,
Congratulations and thanks for all you've shown us so far! I thought you'd kept this superb capture of Robin for the occasion but notice that it is really fresh!! I love it pose here and details are razor sharp and colours very beautiful. One of your best!
TFS and keep it up! All the best wishes, Ulla

Hello Nicholas!
First of all my best congratulations because of 400th post! And it is really nice to see that you decided to celebrate this day with Robin, one of your favourite (according to the number of pictures :>) bird species.
Very nice composition and colours.
Bravo and TFS!

hello nicholas,

congratulations on posting your 400th picture, its a big contribution at treknature. i am looking for another 400 shots from you.

this image looks lovely with saturated colors, good pose and pleasing composition, the dof is precise and the pov is appropriate, loved the shine in the eyes,

well done,
tfs & regards

Hi Nick,
Congrats on your 400th upload. Your rate of uploads shows your dedication to this site, photography and nature. Already 400 photos in 20 months. I am sure that the 1000 mark will be here soon.

The photo is a stunner. The details in the feathers are awesome. I love the overall color tone of the OOF BG and the clean look of the entire composition. I do feel that the sharpness on the legs could be better.

Hi Nick
Many congrats on your milestone, and well done a splendid capture of your favourite bird. Excellent detail and colour - a very tidy specimen. They remind me of my days in horticulture - I would often have a Robin for company as I worked. Strangely enough I did read that in other parts of Europe they are nowhere near as tame as the UK.
Kind Regards

Hello Nick
Well it just had to be a Robin and rightly so for your 400th post.
This one is a prime specimen captured in a lovely pose..You have got great details as now is the norm and all set against a lovely Autumnal BG.
Many Congratulations and Thanks for all your posts and friendship Nick.
All the Best

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-10-19 9:13]

Hello Nick,
Your 400th posting is a perfect one. Congratulations. The light and autumn colours are wonderful. POV, composition and sharpness are fabulous. One of the best Robin photos I've ever seen. I hope to see another 400 beauties from you.

Hi Nicholas,
congrats for your 400Th post and most of them had been very good. I hope it will be another +400
Well composed with good POV and nice colours, your Robin are a bit more red than our.
Well done.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-10-19 10:02]

Congratulations Nick!
A fine capture of a Robin to celebrate your 400th posting. This image is pretty close to perfect and the robin itself is an adult in fine condition.
Well done, TFS and I look forward to seeing many more from you,
Best wishes,

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-10-19 10:04]

Hi Nick,

A hearty congratulations on your 400th post. And what better way to celebrate than with another marvelous Robin. Once again, picture perfect. I always look forward to your almost daily post knowing that there will be a feast for the eyes. Here's to the next 400, and the next, and the next.


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-10-19 10:16]

Hi Nick.
My heartfelt congratulations on 400th post. Your gallery grows fantastically rapidly and we have opportunity to watch and get pleasure from many amazing pictures from you. This is one is so amazing as all your shots. I like dark key of its execution. Colour palette is wonderful and pleasant for eyes. Beautifulness of the scene and exactness of details are superb. Light nice pot on the BG as well as BG at whole are fine as main subject. Bravo for this piece of art and all you contribution here.

Hi Nicholas,

congratulations with your 400th post.
An exellent picture with goodvuse of light.


Trés belle image;mes compliments

Hello Nicholas,

Superb capture.
Wonderful colours with fantastic definition.
Light and composition are excellent.

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2008-10-19 11:31]

Hi Nick

Congrats of your 400th post and I agree that a lovely Robin is a fine way to celebrate, especially as its your favourite bird.
Its a great shot and another Robin looking in tip top condition ready for the winter.
Superb details and very nice colours and lighting.


Hello Nick,
Good morning from NZ and my heartiest congratulation on your 400th post! I thank you for your wonderful works in this great site and this is a big milestone for you!
This is a good shot of the Robin with good pose! in good colour and details
well done

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  • volkan Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 497 W: 10 N: 4] (2425)
  • [2008-10-19 12:05]

Hi Nick,
First of all congrats on your 400th post..
Marvellous capture and details..
Take care..

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-10-19 12:18]

Hello Nicholas,

Congratulations for your 400 th post and I wish you many more to come.
The photo with the robin is very fine showing nice saturated colors matching the comming automn. Background has very nice colors to and that lightend spot near the bird look great.

Thank you for sharing,

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-10-19 12:27]

Hi Nick

Congratulations on 400 wonderful posts. I must be a bit of a slacker as I have only just gone above 250 :)

I thin you have your Christmas card image sorted here. This is a lovely Robin shot with pin sharp details and a very attractive OOF BG. Nicely composed, great POV and a lovely bright eye.



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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-10-19 13:04]

Hi Nick and many congratulations on such a gorgeous number of posts reached! To many more!!!

No doubt this beautiful robin close-up moved up on the preference list and is posted here: it perfectly embodies both you and the season at the same time.
Further more, it's an exceptional capture tech-wise, too, with splendid details and charming colors everywhere.
Overall: wonderful job here...as in your other 399 shots ;)


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-10-19 13:41]

Hello Nick,
Congratulations on your 400th posting, what a wonderful portfolio you have. This is a superb addition to it, the colors and details are outstanding. Thank you Nick.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-10-19 14:41]

Hi Nico,400 times thanks for your work and for your presence on TN,this is a symbol of your work,a beautiful robin taken whit a class that only you have!!!This evening pizza,spaghetti and red wine to celebrate..ehehhe....have a nice week,Luciano

Isn't it sometimes exceptional when just as we need a superior shot to celebrate a milepost....we find one...some of us are lucky...some just plain good..I think you are a rare combination of both!

Hello Nicholas

A super capture of this cute robin to mark your 400th post.
Wonderful focus and sharpness.
The plumage detail is excellent.
Lovely eye contact and catchlight.


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-10-20 2:03]

Hello Nicholas,
An emblematic bird for your 400th picture. Congratulations.
Very subtle Robin picture . The bird seems to be thinking to what to do and its head is surrounded by a blue halo, like a saint. This reminds me of a dream I had some time ago.
Very fine shot.
Thanks a lot for it

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2008-10-20 10:17]

hi nicholas,
congrats! pleasent and beautiful image, pretty robin poses for the occassion. composition combined with the feel of its habitat makes this memorable image. tfs.

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-10-20 10:22]

Simply awesome...and a great demonstration on how far you havemate come on your photographic journey - nothing to critique - perfect.

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  • Amadeo Gold Star Critiquer [C: 168 W: 0 N: 755] (3323)
  • [2008-10-20 10:40]

Hola Nicholas, muy buena fotografia, luz tenue pero creo que es la adecuada, muy bonita composición y tonos de color naturales y muy agradables. Un saludo

Hello Nicholas,
Congrats on your # 400.
Good close up with a lot of details in the plumage. The lighting helped a lot.
Well done

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-10-20 11:49]

Hello Nicholas,

Congratulations on your 400th.
Beautiful sharp Robin with excellent details. Great colours, also in the BG. Very nice composition and pose.

Hi Nick, congratulation my friend for your splendid 400th post on TN, beautiful bird with fine details and excellent sharpness, splendid colorful blurry BG, fantastic capture, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-10-20 14:05]

Hi Nick

Greetings from the wilds of Namibia - no road here, but they have wi-fi!!

Congratulations on your 400th - great pose with excellent detail and colours.


Hi Nick,
Congratulations for your 400th posting, which is an exceptionally good shot of Robin. Great POV and composition, beautiful sharp details, nice colours and large reflection in his eye showing the photographer in great shapness;o)

Hello Nicholas,
Congratulations on your 400th. I wish you many hundreds on TN. Congratulations also this perfect capture. It dosent need any critique, everything wonderful. Thanks for sharing this beauty and showing other great 399 post. well done my friend

Hello Nicholas,

Beautiful capture of this robin for you 400th post. Congratulations! Very good composition. Excellent focus. Splendid colours.

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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2008-10-21 6:23]

Hi Nicholas
very naturel colors, very good sharp and detail
well done.

hello Nicholas

congratulations on your 400th posting, celebrating it
with this wonderful image of the robin, with fine POV and framing,
excellent density of the colours, excellent sharpness
and details of the bird's plumage, TFS


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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-10-21 9:39]

Congrats for this great milestone Nicholas! A perfect image in all the ways, well done again my friend!


Hello Nicholas!

Congratulations on Your 400th post. Excellent shot of robin! I very like warm and strong colors and great sharpness.

Very well done!


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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-10-21 14:28]

Congratulations on your 400th post, Nick!
That's 400 excellent shots :-)
This is a brilliant photo of this Robin.
The colours are beautiful.
Great sharpnesss.
Excellent composition.

Well done!
Here's to the next 400 :-)


Hi Nick,
This is a perfect shot of this cute bird with excellent composition, outstanding details and wonderful exposure and colors. Congrats on this beautiful 400th post!

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