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American robin

American robin
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Copyright: jeanpaul Bolduc (jeanpaul) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2097 W: 99 N: 3518] (14962)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-04-28
Categories: Birds
Camera: Kodak DX6490, 52.6mm
Exposure: f/3.6, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-05-19 8:49
Viewed: 3679
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
The Blackbird of America Robin
, thrush - American Robin (Turdus migratorius)

Classification Classifies: birds
Order: passeriformes
Family: muscicapidés (gobe- flies, thrushes, blackbirds)
Subfamily: turdinés (thrushes, blackbirds)
Physical description
the Blackbird of America is a relatively large sparrow. Its overall length, including the tail from 9,5 to 10,5 cm, varies between 23,0 and 27,5 cm. Its mass oscillates around 77,3 G the total scale is 36,9 to 41,2 cm.

The plumage of the male is almost entirely gray dark on the top. The throat is striped of white. The chest is of color red brick and the bottom of its abdomen, white. The eyes are brown, the nozzle is yellow and the legs, noirâtres. Delivered female is similar but paler and dull. The plumage of youthful is comparable with that of the female. The chest however is grivelée.

Habitat and food the Blackbird of America niche since the limit of the arborescent vegetation in Alaska and in all Canada until the south of Mexico. It winters in the south of Canada to Guatemala and the south of Florida. In Quebec, it nidifie until the limit of the trees. It does not attend however the dense forests and the great zones of peat bogs. In rural medium, it settles in the wooded ones and the thickets, close to the farms and the clearings. In urban environment or in the residential sectors, it niche as well in the trees and the bushes, close to the dwellings, as on fences, gutters or edges of windows.

In spring, the blackbird nourishes mainly ground worms, larvae of insects and insects adult. Thereafter, it becomes gradually frugivorous.

Lasted reproduction of incubation: 11 to 14 days

Numbers brooded per year: 2, seldom 3

Numbers the small ones by brooded: 3 or 4

As of their arrival, in mid-April, the males establish the limits of their territory. A few days later, arrive the females. There is then formation of the couples, for one season. The female seeks then a site where to build its nest. In Quebec, for the brooded first, it often chooses a conifer. For the brooded second, if it decides to change nest, it seems to prefer the leafy trees.

The nest, installed most of the time with a height going from 1,4 to 4,0 m, consists of a cut of stems and brushwood consolidated using a thick layer of mud. Once finished, the female lays there 3 or 4 blue eggs which it only broods during 11 to approximately 14 days.

After the blossoming, the male and the female occupy themselves of nourishing oisillons them, initially by regurgitation, then in their bringing mainly larvae of insects and ground worms. The young people leave the nest towards the age from 11 to 16 days. They are then taken charges some by the male during still nearly 2 weeks, while the female undertakes one brooded second.

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Hi jeanpaul,
Good picture and a very useful note!!
Nits:- The picture is little soft and i would have composed it a bit differently with more space at the beak end! (its just a choice)
Goutham R

Hi Jean and paul, great Job, perfct colors, BG, POV, DOF, great JOB, TFS KYLE

Hello Jean Paul, I know it's spring when I see or hear a robin. I like the colour of the water, it look like the sky. A very nice photo. Janice

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2006-05-19 9:30]

Jolie composition JeanPaul, très belles couleurs riches. Ça manque un peu de piqué, tu devais être très loin de l'oiseau. Belle image ! Merci.


I don't know about this one Jeranpaul, the colours seem a bit off; was this a scanned photo? Sems a bit blurry overall. Nice closeup though.

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2006-05-20 1:40]
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Hi JeanPaul
I must be honest with you my friend and it is hard for me to say this, but I have seen much better from you. I can also give a critique that say 'nice-nice' on all aspects, but I think you will know that I am not being truthful with you.
I am sure that this photo must have some special meaning to you therefore you wanted to share it with us. Maybe you worked very hard to capture it or for what ever reason you deemed it fit for upload, but it just did not come through though.
I am sorry if this sounds harsh, it is not so intended. The details are soft and the colours (apart for the blue water) are mostly washed out. The composition is very busy and the bird almost disappears between all the twigs.
The upside is the good notes and the fact that there is always a next time to quiet this arm chair critique.
Best regards.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-05-20 3:10]

Hello Jeanpaul,
Lovely capture.POV,eyecontact,colors,framing and composition are wonderful.TFS...:-)

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  • Daniboy (150)
  • [2006-05-20 14:56]

Salut Jean-Paul,

Bel oiseau, mais je trouve que ça manque un peu de netteté et l'oiseau un peu trop décalé vers la droite, il aurait été préférable selon moi d'essayer de positionner l'oiseau vers la gauche de l'image (règle des tiers). Mais je sais très bien que des fois on fait ça vite pis l'oiseau nous donne pas une seconde chance de cliquer de nouveau. C'est seulement une critique constructive.

Bonne photo !

Colors are great, but it really lacks sharpness.
A little too much confusion on the BG.

The bird is lovely :)


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