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American Robin

American Robin
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Copyright: Richard Vincent (earthtraveler) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 427 W: 123 N: 947] (3483)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-04-12
Categories: Birds
Camera: Panasonic DMC-FZ50
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/800 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Alex99's favorite photos, CeltickRanger's favorite Bird photos [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-05-01 9:36
Viewed: 5628
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 60
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A mixed flock of migrating Robins and Cedar Waxwings came through during April and fed on my Crabapple tree. Thankfully I caught sight of them and was able to capture a few shots in the bright sun.

The American Robin (Turdus migratorius) is a migratory songbird of the thrush family. The coloring on a robin's breast is what makes it stand out apart from the others, a brightly colored red breast sets apart the males from the females. This led to its common name, "Robin Red-breast".

It is widely distributed throughout North America, wintering south of Canada from Florida to central Mexico and along the Pacific Coast. It has seven subspecies, but only T. m. confinis in the southwest is particularly distinctive, with pale gray-brown underparts.

It is the state bird of Connecticut, Michigan, and Wisconsin.

Its diet consists of invertebrates (such as beetle grubs and caterpillars), fruits and berries.

It is one of the first bird species to lay eggs, beginning to breed shortly after returning to its summer range from its winter range. Its nest consists of long coarse grass, twigs, paper, and feathers, and is smeared with mud and often cushioned with grass or other soft materials. It is among the first birds to sing at dawn, and its song consists of several discrete units that are repeated.

The male American Robin, as with many thrushes, has a beautiful, complex and almost continuous song. Its song is commonly described as a cheerily carol, made up of discrete units, often repeated, and spliced together into a string with brief pauses in between. The song varies regionally, and its style varies by time of day. The American Robin is often among the first songbirds singing as dawn rises, and last as evening sets in. It usually sings from a high perch in a tree.
Source: Wikipedia

Here is a link to the Robins song if you care to listen.
'Robins Song'

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Hi Richard,
a nice American Robin, could be a cousin to my fieldfare :-)
But the song is much more beautiful than the fieldfare.
Lovely light and nice colours, the detail are sharp and it's well composed.
Well done

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-05-01 10:08]

Hi Richard

A great close-up shot - good composition and POV with superb colour and detail. Well observed and captured.


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  • Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
  • [2008-05-01 10:13]

hi richard,
lovely picture..nice BG and pleasant details

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-05-01 10:18]

Hi Richard,

I like very much the colors tones from you photo. Birds plumage colors suits very well with the background and not the least with the dryed red fruits. Very good image quality with nice sharp details of the bird.

Thank you for sharing,

Hi Richard,

Will be back later...


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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2008-05-01 12:38]

Hi Richard. I love your Robin photo. Perfect pose and incredible background. I like the soft muted colors and the setting with the branch and berries. Nice focus too.

Splendida cattura, eccellenti POV e DOF, ottima composizione con la cornice dei rami, molto buona la nitidezza, molto belli i colori e la luce. Grazie e complimenti. Ciao Maurizio

Beautiful shot of the robin Richard, everything looks very good to me.
I especially like the pose as it turns its head towards you, with wings dipped low :)
Well done!

Richard....the Lion Hearted?:-) Perhaps not but this is one of your super images..you folks who really know your birds have it one up and more on me...but I keep on trying...and owe partially to such images as this one!

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-05-01 16:12]

Hi Richard,

This looks more like a pastel painting of a Robin than it does a photograph. Very beautiful and delicate. The background and setting adds much to this image. Beautiful pose, expression, colors and details.


Classic! This is pure classic! The postioning of the bird and how it looks at you with the cherries below make this one classic. Congrats! Thanks for sharing! Cheers Josh Lewis.

hello Richard

very beautiful shot of the American Robin, fine POV, DOF
and framing, excellent sharpness and details, i love the
great eye-contact of the bird with you, TFS


Hello Richard,

Good capture, close up and BG.
Beautiful colour of this lovely bird.


Hello Richard,
The bg colouration really matching with the main subject - American Robin -!
best dof in total sharpness, good colour and details in the shot
well done
many thanks

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-05-02 5:23]

Hello Richard, The bird is in a mood and thinking something. I am also amazed at the view and focus of the bird.Excellent lighitng and great clarity. Ganesh

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-05-02 8:22]

Hello Richard,
Lovely capture of this red-breasted Robin in a fine pose up the Crabapple Tree! Fine details and beautiful colours. I like the composition very much.
Many thanks and regards, Ulla

Hi Richard,
This is one of the best American Robin pictures I have seen! Tones of colors and environment are very agreeable to look at. You chose a great composition with nice details, interesting eye contact and superb exposure. These birds are very common here and I don't pay much attention to them. This picture makes me rediscover them. Well done!

Another excellent capture for your collection, Richard. Pin sharp image throughout the body which is just stunning on that perch position. Very well done and best regards. Jusni

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-05-03 5:07]

Hi Richard,
Wonderful shot of this beautiful bird with such lovely colours and details on its plumage. Superb lighting and a fine pose captured. The BG looks so special and matches the colour of the Robin's plumage which makes the image majestic. Excellent POV and composition. Kudos.

Fantastic pose...love that over the shoulder look. Well composed. I like the limb in the background creating a frame almost.

Hello Richard,
Excellent capture of the American Robin with very good sharpness and details.Nice pose captured. The soft grey colour in the background complements the bird.Lovely composition.
good notes and thanks fr the link to the birds' call.

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-05-05 14:38]

Hi Richard, I had to catch up with my critiques, it had been a while! I don't know what it is with that kind of picture, those with few branches, a blurred and neutral background, beautiful red fruits and a fantastic bird: I love them! This one is zen in its natural colours and beautiful lines delineated by the branches, the feathers of the bird and the fruits hanging loosely. This is among the nicest picture of an American Robin I have seen, congratulations, it is beautiful.


pts tomorrow

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-05-06 8:47]

Hello Richard

A lovely capture of this American Robin.
Wonderful colours and lighting.The capture in the crabapple tree is excellent.
The POV and DOF are well done.
Nicely composed.


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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-05-07 20:25]

Hola Ricardo.
Beautiful and fine image you have here. Excellent sharpness and lovly pose of this Robin. High quality level in photo My friend.

Hi Richard
Crystal clear image with lovely soft color and fine detail
Very nice composition and pose
great shot. tfs jon

Hi Richard,
Excellent capture with a nice clean BG and sharp details. Great colors and an excellent composition.


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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2008-07-17 6:28]

Hi Richard
this is a very nice of American robin
very good sharp
well done.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-07-22 11:42]

Hi Richard.
I have missed this amazing picture. All is superb. Pictured model is fine. Quality of the shot is terrific. I am impressed with exactness of details, richness of colours despite the domination of grey tones, wonderful POV and composition. Well done and TFS.

Dear Richard,
It is such a pity, that you do not exhibit any more your work!

This robin is like an ink-drawing, every single feather including the fine fluff under the wing individually visible, the colours natural, and the red berries on each side of the bird at 9 o'clock and 6 o'clock of the photo giving the whole creation perfect balance.
The frame is supporting perfectly this work of art, and I haven chosen your robin as a favorite.

I wish, some members had a look at this exhibit of good taste and stopped throwing in disarray an otherwise good photo with thick black borders!

Enjoy the rest of your day,
Kind Regards

Hallo Richard
Robins are such beautiful and petite birds and the one in your image is no exception and shows all these lovely qualities. I like the setting as a whole with the inclusion of the berries and dried branches making it a super picture.

Since you not have been posting on Trek Nature for such a long time, I do not know if you will see this critique or not, but I am going to write it anyway. I have decided to go back to my 1st postings here on Trek Nature and visit the members who welcomed me when I just started and ask the question, where are you and why have you disappeared, as I really, really miss all the older members to the site and you are one of them. I would love you to return to the site.

Best regards

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