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On Late For Migration

On Late For Migration
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Copyright: Claude Ouellet (tiklod) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 290 W: 74 N: 875] (3397)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-01-20
Categories: Birds
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ5
Exposure: f/4, 1/160 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-09-18 15:13
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Last winter (January), I was very surprised to meet an American Robin in my backyard. Habitualy these birds spend the winter on south but for this poor one, I think he missed the migration with his friends... I gave him some apples to eat but he is probably dead frosen :-(

The American Robin is 23–28 cm (10–11 in) long, averaging about 77 g (2.7 oz),[3] with a wingspan ranging from 119 to 137 millimeters.[3] In the wild, the longest known lifespan of an American Robin is 14 years,[3] but the average lifespan is about 2 years.[3] It has a brown back with a reddish-orange breast. It is white underneath the tail feathers and on the lower belly. The throat is white with black streaks, and males are generally brighter than females.[3] It has a small yellow beak and distinctive crescents around the eyes. There are seven sub-species, but only T. m. confinus in the southwest is particularly distinctive, with pale gray-brown underparts. Juveniles are paler in color than adult males and have dark spots on their breasts.[3]

During the breeding season, the adult males grow distinctive black feathers on their heads; after the breeding season they lose this eye-catching plumage.

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Hi Claude,
this is very nice shot with nice details and sahrpness. fluffy plumage shows it must be cold. nice POV. TFS
well done

Boy... he certainly is all fluffed up to insulate himself from the cold. I hope he survived but one has to wonder how. I like the full frame image a lot. It is very sharp. I can see each feather. The wonderful color of the bird against the neutral background is striking.

Evelynn : )

salut Claude

permière chose j'ai voulu venir voir ta photo
(avant d'aller écouter 110% (MTL canadiens) et revenir ensuite à TN)

je vais me permettre de lancer un « taaabarouette » !
(avec un sourrire),

quelle ressemblance avec ma photo posté hier !

malgré le froid il a l'air souriant,
et j'aime surtout ces plumes du ventre
où l'on voit très bien les détails

merci beaucoup pour cette photo


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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-09-18 19:39]

Salut Claude
Belle composition.La presentation vue de cette angle est differente.J'aime bien la nettete du sujet .Les couleurs et le details dand le plumage sont superbe.
Merci et a bientot.

Hello Claude,
Details are very good. Moody; wintery scenery.

Très jolie photo, de très beaux détails dans le plumage grace a un très bon focus et une bonne profondeur de champs et des couleurs superbes très bien contrastées, il ne doit pas faire chaud car on voit que l'oiseau a gonflé ses plumes afin de s'isoler du froid,
bien joué Claude
***** Je reviens avec un joli smiley tout vert*****

Hi Claude
Very cute bird. I like your photo very much. Great moment with puffy looking bird. Nice colors yellow and orange on gray. Perfect sharpness and good composition
Best wishes

Bonjour Claude,
En effet quelle surprise un merle d'amérique en plein janvier, comme tu dis il a dû mourrir de froid, la photo est superbe avec tellemtn de détails clairs et nets,les couleurs sont rès belles et de le voir gonflé comme cela est touchant.

Hello Claude!

Very nice shot POV, DOF and composition of this unusual scene! TFS.
But I think that you should have included the fullness of its tail.

Absolutly beautiful. Really nice with great colours, sharpness.
Best wishes,

Bonjour Claude,
A common bird, but an excellent image. Very nice pose, and the colours and focus are excellent. I like the tight crop, the diagonal of the robin in the frame, and the clever frame itself. Felicitations!

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-09-22 3:15]

Il est tout gonflé ce merle ! Bonjour Claude, j'avais manqué cette phooto là ! Quels beaux détails, le focus est incroyable, les couleurs sont sublimes et la lumière dans l'oeil est parfaite. Du beau et bon travail. Bon weekend à toi aussi !


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  • thor68 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 795 W: 138 N: 1319] (5674)
  • [2007-09-24 15:35]

what a pretty and puffy robin, claude! :-)
yeah, i bet he was freezing the poor thing.
too bad we do not have them here in europe, they are so
pretty and colorful.
great capture with a terrific pose.
well done & take care, thor.

Bonjour Claude,

Cette grive semble geler sur la branche. Son plumage est bouffi et elle rentre le cou pour se protéger du froid. La prise de vue permet de voir avec précision les détails de son plumage et ses couleurs. Joyeux Noël


Hello Calude
Excellent shot of this beautiful American Robin,Perfect details,use of flash and POV,
Superb shot,Welldone.

Merry Christmas

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