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Hungry Robin

Hungry Robin
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Copyright: Alan Turvey (liquidsunshine) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1878 W: 112 N: 1560] (5437)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-02-20
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 300 D, Canon EF 75-300/4.0-5.6 III, Hoya 52mm UV
Exposure: f/11, 1/200 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Birds of Europe, Rouge-gorge / Robin (part. 1) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-02-21 13:48
Viewed: 3743
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Another shot of the friendly European Robin at Startops.
I decided to take some seed for the birds on this visit and got this shot, which isn't very sharp or well detailed, but a nice moment.

I'll stick to the same notes as my previous European Robin posts.

Robins belong to the Thrush family of birds. The European Robin (Erithacus Rubecula) can be found all over Europe and is a common garden bird in the British Isles. It is also Britains National Bird, chosen by the International Council for Bird Preservation in 1961. The Robin seems to be a little stereotyped and is associated with Winter, especially Christmas time. In fact, Robins can be seen all year around.

Physical Appearance
Robins are a small bird with a body length of 14cm. They have a distinctive orange-red face and breast with a white rump and olive brown wings and back. Male and Female birds are alike.

Robins are predominantly a woodland bird, but the urbanisation by man has offered them an alternative habitat. They now frequent parks and gardens, filling the airwaves with their melodic rich warbling song. In late summer, when young birds have gained adult plumage, there is a great deal of disputing, as territories and borders are established.

The song of the Robin can only be described as a liquid warble which has often been mistaken for that of a nightingale, particularly after dusk. Another sound they make is a "tic tic tic" which seems to act as a kind of warning call to other birds when there is imminent danger.

About mid winter, the female goes mate hunting. She does the choosing; while the cock bird sings from his tree, she unobtrusively enters the undergrowth, and if she is tolerated for a few weeks, she begins to accompany him. The female builds a domed nest of grass, dead leaves and moss in an isolated place in a bush, hedge, hole in a tree, wall or even a ledge in a garden shed. The Female incubates 3 to 6 eggs for 13 to 14 days. The eggs are white, usually with red-brown spots and blotches. The young fledge after 2 weeks and there may be three broods per year. The young are fed by both parents.

Although the Robin is considered to be a mainly shy bird, they have a friendly personality and interact well with humans which is why the bird is often referred to as the "Gardeners Friend". They have learnt to make use of the many insects and worms which are disturbed during digging, taking advantage of the newly exposed soil. Robin's are however very aggressive towards each other, defending their own territory. It has been known for a Robin to attack red objects fearing that it may be a threat !

Thanks for looking

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Now when I have one of my own you can keep posting yours freely :)
Great catch, but you have very big problem of CA, there is a lot of purple fringing, more than usual, you should consider this factor when shooting, because it is an unwanted fenomenon in photography.

Another fine shot Alan of this little beauty with the added bonus of him feeding. The CA issue does not bother me much but shooting into the light has darkened his best feature "the red breast". Its a very nice shot and your note is very informative...well done.

What a great composition!
Funny and pretty!

Thank you :-)

Alan, I like the seed in mouth and this planter as it's perch running out of the frame. It looks like you were shooting either early or late in the day with this light so you've lost some brightness in this front view. Overall a great post with an excellent note. TFS!

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  • vero Silver Star Critiquer [C: 44 W: 8 N: 16] (342)
  • [2005-02-21 15:16]

Très beau moment! Les couleurs et la pose du rouge-gorge donne une super image.

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  • pompey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 144 W: 4 N: 746] (2774)
  • [2005-02-21 15:22]

Great pose Alan, really cute Robin caught in the act.
Great note and thanks for sharing.

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  • VeTTe Gold Star Critiquer [C: 162 W: 0 N: 0] (684)
  • [2005-02-21 15:57]

good shot;

colors and the bird beautiful but it needs more sharpen

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2005-02-21 17:31]

Belle composition et bonne couleurs. Domage que le soleil vienne dans arrière. Merci pour l'envoi et bonne journée.

I like the seed in his mouth. Great action shot Alan. Very nice DOF and POV. Good work.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-02-22 6:44]

Nice capture. Composition is great and so is POV. Not is very informative. Well done!

Nice capture, great pose. The light could've been better on the bird.
Well done.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-02-22 14:17]

Great capture of this Robin having a bit of a snack. Nice composition and very good scene. Well done.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-02-22 21:39]

Alan, we have here not only a beautiful bird, but also a very nice moment. Great capture with a cool pov and composition.

Nice job.

Beautiful shot! He is so amazing!

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