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Christmas Robin :-)

Christmas Robin :-)
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Copyright: Joe Kellard (joey) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-03-27
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 400D (Rebel XTi), Canon EF 100-400mm L IS USM, Digital ISO-200, Hoya 77mm UV Filter
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Erithacus rubecula - Robin, Narbulbulu [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-12-20 3:49
Viewed: 3054
Points: 48
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Here's a photo of a plump Robin which I took way back in March last year :-)

I hope you like it!

Latin name
Erithacus rubecula

Chats and thrushes (Turdidae)

The UK's favourite bird - with its bright red breast it is familar throughout the year and especially at Christmas! Males and females look identical, and young birds have no red breast and are spotted with golden brown. Robins sing nearly all year round and despite their cute appearance, they are aggressively territorial and are quick to drive away intruders. They will sing at night next to street lights.

Where to see them
Across the UK in woodland, hedgerows, parks and gardens.

When to see them
All year round.

What they eat
Worms, seeds, fruits and insects.

Note: My Canon 100-400mm has gone off to a repair place but they say they can't fix it so I'm going to sell it and buy another lens.
I'll be using a long lens for bird photography mostly so if anyone has any suggestions for a lens then I'd be interested to hear. I have my sights on a Canon 400mm f/5.6 at the moment, but there are a few other lenses I'm interested in.

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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To jignasi: Thankyou Josepjoey 1 12-21 15:14
To Wolfpower: I don't know him :-)joey 1 12-21 15:10
To pekkavalo1: Cheers!joey 1 12-21 15:07
To ellis49: Thanks!joey 1 12-21 15:05
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Hi Joe
Good shot of this Robin showing some fine detail of the feathers. The shadow on the breast may have dulled some of the colour, but at the same time it brings a nice sense of softness to the image.
Have a good weekend and good luck with your quest for a new lens!

Hi Joe,
a very nice picture with very good sharpness and fine details
Well composed with good POV and nice colours, pity about the shadow on the breast.
Well done
About the lens. If you can live without IS go for the 400mm l 5.6, it's the best you can get for that kind of money, only small nit is close distance 3,m meters. I know you are going for a 50d, it's muck better to buy a new 40d for half of the money, it's almost the same camera with less noise.


HI Joe,
that robin is so cute and beautiful.
A fantastic sharp shot, we can see the details of the feathers. Thank you so much, very good work
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Ciao Joe,
bellissima immagine di Pettirosso, catturato con eccellente definizione in una bella posa, molto belle le gemme primaverili e ottimo BG, magnifici i colori, molto bello anche il taglio compositivo.

Buon weekend

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2008-12-20 5:23]

Bonjour Joe, great composition that smell spring!! colors that blend well, I like the small green buds on the branch!! Happy Christmas, Didier.

hi Joe, beautiful portrait of lovely bird with splendid colors, fine details and excellent sharpness, great blurry BG, very well done, ciao Silvio

very nice picture , beautiful details and colours!

Hello Joe
what a nice capture for lovely robin, one of my favourite birds. Nicely composed and framed. colors, sharp details and lighting superb. Thanks for sharing.
As for lens, I used 100-400 for 1.5 year, now I changed to 600 f/4. Of course, 500 and 600 f/4s are expensive. But 400 f/5.6 fine lens, as Gert suggested. I think most of Turkish bird photographers use this lens. you can see members' portfolio on www.trakus.com I try with ones of my several friends. It gives sharp results.

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-12-20 9:06]

merhaba joe
wonderful capture of this cute robin (Kızılgerdan, in Turkish)
pose, POV, BG, light, colours, sharpness and details are great

Not very snowny ;) but nice picture with Christmas in title :)
I like colours and sharpness which are really 1st class!
Composition and DOF are also very good.
TFS and have a nice evening!

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-12-20 9:55]

Hi Joe,

I love seeing these robins which are so unlike our American Robins (which I also love). This close-up is typical Joey and is marvelous. The colors and details of the face, feathers and wings are fantastic. A beautiful pose, background and composition.


Hi Joe,
Excellent close-up capture of Robin with nice pose and composition, pin sharp fine details, natural beautiful colours and BG.

Sorry about your 100-400. 400/5.6 should be a very good sharp lens, obviously 400/4 DO, 500/4 or 600/4 are better but terribly expensive. If you are thinking of same price range 100-400 is still also better than any same range of Sigmas.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-12-20 11:01]

Hi Joe. Well you know i am very fond of Robins . This is a very bright looking picture with fine detai land colours. A nice POV/DOF. well done TFS.

You were happy with the 100 - 400 why not go that way again. !!

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-12-20 11:10]

Hello Joe,
Close to perfection, I think, when I see this amazing sharp-detailed photo. There's a bit of shadow on the breast, but otherwise..... Fantastic light and very beautiful colours.
Excellent POV and OOF BG. Great composition.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-12-20 12:14]

Hi Joe

I am sorry to hear your 100-400 lens can't be fixed but at least it gives you an excuse to upgrade your lens :)

This is such a beautiful close up and detailed shot. I can see every fether. Lovely catch light in the eye. You are showing the bold nature of the robin off well.



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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-12-20 13:05]

Hello Joe,
For POV, lighting, closeness, sharpness and detail this is a fine shot of a Robin against a pleasing BG, but I think I would have included the tail.
I can recommend a 300 f4 IS + 1.4 teleconverter if the pound is strong enough!

Hi Joe,
I really like the close comp framing and sharp details here.
Interesting light, great color & exposure too..
And good use of f/5.6 again, with a nicely OOF BG.
Well done!!

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-12-20 18:51]

Hello Joe,
This is a sweet image in more ways then one, the subject for one and the quality for another great work Joe. Sorry to here about the lense.

Hello Joe

I get a kick out of these little fellows.
They have such rounded physiques.
Excellent POV and DOF.
The plumage detail,colour and definition is excellent.
Lovely eye catch light.
Is he a friend of yours?


Siempre parecidos y siempre diferentes :-)

Un bonito y elegante trabajo. Creo que no se le puede pedir más ya que ampliaste hasta el límite y a penas perdio calidad. Buena luz y colores.
Un abrazo desde España, buenas fiestas en compañía de los tuyos: Josep Ignasi.

Hi Joe,
great close up picture from this Robin.
Good of sharpness and exellent details in the feathers.


Hi OwlMan,
A perfect capture of this beautiful Robin!
Great details and sharpness.
Nice diagonal composed and lightting.
Colours are vivid and nice DOF/POV.
Well done Joe!

Merry Christmas to you!


Ouch....Nice robin but bad story....In the days of Citizens Band radio it was called CB for short..and we joked about the acronym as meaning constantly broke...cameras are as well putting the world into a recession:-) Fine small clear Robin joey!

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-12-21 20:48]

Hello Joe, Superb shot and a great composition. Lovely clarity Ganesh

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