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Singing Robin

Singing Robin
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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: 2008-01-27
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 40D, Canon 70 - 300 IS USM
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/800 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Open Up....II [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-11-01 9:25
Viewed: 3149
Points: 66
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
AS we have a very wet dull day i have gone back to my archives for this picture. It was taken late January of this year in the garden . It was taken hand held on a bright and sunny day. I think the Robin was enjoying the warm sunshine.

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

Adanac, Luis52, Hil, maurydv, siggi, boreocypriensis, jconceicao, Alex99, Dis. Ac., eqshannon, angela926, horia, haraprasan has marked this note useful
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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-11-01 10:02]

Hi Nick,
This little robin is captured hitting a high note for sure. Looks like you were battling some strong lighting, but you won. Very nice image my friend,thanks for sharing.

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  • meo Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 48 W: 7 N: 121] (759)
  • [2008-11-01 10:17]

That's a very nice shot.It looks like Pavarotti :))

  • smurali Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 205 W: 14 N: 609] (3596)
  • [2008-11-01 10:38]

Nic, Interesting point of view. Looks like the Robin is singing something for you. Lovely colors.

- Murali

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-11-01 10:46]

Hola Nicolas.
Nice photo My friend. Lovely pose, I guess it was very nice to hear this beauty singing to You.

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2008-11-01 10:50]

Hi Nick

Great capture of the Robin, I like the frontal POV and the singing pose, and it looks fine in the centre of the frame.
The light looks like it was strong but have have handled it very well indeed
Nice natural colours too.


Ciao Nicholas,
meraviglioso momento di cattura di pettirosso, eccellenti POV frontale e composizione per la bella postura, fantastica la luminosità dei colori e stupendo BG, eccellente anche la definizione.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-11-01 11:09]

Hello Nicholas
Beautiful capture of this little singing Robin! Great composition and detail, with a nice POV. Very well composed, and you did a great job on the exposure.
Best regards Siggi

Hi Nick, lovely singing robin with splendid colors, fine detail and excellent sharpness, wonderful blurry BG, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hi Nick
A very dull day indeed for southern England! Hope the weather is better for your planned trip to Blashford Lakes tomorrow - my father was up there today and said the first few Bramblings have arrived.
This is a cracking shot of a robin. wondeful light showing off the breast colours to their full. Excellent head-on POV.

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2008-11-01 12:11]

Hello Nick
What a funny and lovely capture of this little Robin!! He seems to be saying you something important. Marvellous sharpness, colors and composition.
Superb job.

Nicholas merhaba,tamda şarkı söylerken,sanki bir opera santçısı gibi,şarkının ritmine göre eğilmiş daha yüksekten söyleyecek.Nefis bir fotoğraf,kutlarım,selamlar :)

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  • pirate Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 799 W: 152 N: 1186] (7474)
  • [2008-11-01 14:06]

Hi Nick
everything is great, particularly the details deep in the bill and even throat
maybe a bit too much space above

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-11-01 14:29]

merhaba Nick
good capture of this cute bird while it was singing
i like composition, POV, BG, light, warm colours and sharpness

Hi Nick, a great timely capture of this beutiful robin from frontal POV. Dertails, colours and composition are great as usual.
TFS thif fine image and have a nice sunday!


Hello Nicholas,

Fantastic capture of this Robin.
Good timing and focus.
Excellent details and colours.
Lighting and composition are very good.

Haaaaalo Robin,
hello Nicholas,
it's lovely, the robin seems to call you ;-)
A perfect moment with brilliant colours, thanks and greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Golly... I can almost hear it singing! I love the way the orange of the robin is repeated in the OOF background. It gives unity to the image. Wonderful sharpness and exposure...

Evelynn ; )

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-11-01 23:43]

Hi Nick.
It simply fantastic close-up. This cute bird is singing for you and for us. Superb timing, great 3D-effect, terrific lights, colours and details of the bird and twig. Wonderful well blurred BG. Bravo and kind regards.

Hello Nicholas,

Looks like you photographed the one with the highest song.
Good of sharpness and pov.
You have here good sunlight that you brought.
Beautiful colours.


Wonderful shot here with the singing robin. Excellent timing! Love the open mouth. Great detail and nice lighting.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-11-02 6:06]

Hello Nick,
Fantastic photo from your archive. The singing pose is gorgeous. Perfect timing. And this all in an excellent quality.

Perfect time to hit the shutter release Nick. Somehow missed this one last night. Jane is having ups and downs..and it keeps me busy..I am afraid I have gone behind a bit on my crit's...but this one would have been tops on my list!

Hello Nicholas,

Very beautiful and funny picture of this singing robin. Excllent timing. Great POV. Excellent sharpness. Wonderful vivid colours.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-11-02 13:49]

Hello Nicholas, pretty funny shot! He's asking for seeds! Very sharp and clear shot as always. Well done again my friend!


Hello Nicholas,
Nice capture of this cute little bird singing,
excellent sharpness and depth of field, superb details
and lovely oof background, beautiful colors and nice

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2008-11-02 23:10]

This is a wonderful shot, Nick.
I just love the joy that emanates from this happy little robin.
The colors are so cheerful.
A fantastic and unusual POV.
Great moment captured.
TFS. : )

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-11-03 0:25]

Hi Nick

Now this is a nice catch! Talk about spot-on timing!
Great viewing angle, too, with a full frontal POV towards the little loud robin :) You can almost feel the sound from such a shot :)
Great colors and wonderful details captured here.
The exposure is also very well controlled and the DOF is equally well thought of.

Bravo and TFS

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-11-03 14:05]

Hi Nick,
what a lovely shot of this singing Robin!
Very sharp with great detail.
Well composed too.
I love the vibrant colours.

Well done!


Hi Nick,
A nice frontal POV capture of this beautiful singing robin. I can almost here the beautiful melody ;>. Superb details and a nice composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2008-11-05 11:55]

Hi Nicholas
Very nice image, excellent moment.excellent detail and perfectly sharp photo.
Gorgeous light and colours.
Regards Jiri.

Hello Nick,
Not a classic simple pose but it shows very well this little bird's quite aggresive character.
Excellent lighting..

Hi Nicholas,
Superbe prise, l'attitude de l'oiseau est une véritable réussite

You have real treasures in your archives! Amazing posture of the Robin, in full season of seduction. Fantastic colors too. Cheers,

Really nice to see a bird with its beak open singing its little head off. I can just hear this robins song as it enjoys the summer sunshine.

Incredably sharp - not sure if its been slightly over sharpened or not, the head looks a little odd

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