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Scarlet Robin

Scarlet Robin
Photo Information
Copyright: Chris Chafer (sandpiper2) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1906 W: 107 N: 4875] (16757)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-11-17
Categories: Birds
Camera: Fujifilm Finepix S5000, Fujinon 10X zoom
Exposure: f/4.2, 1/480 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds of Australia, Robins of the World [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-01-31 19:49
Viewed: 5161
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Sometimes you get lucky. I was out doing some survey work when this Scarlet Robin decided that he didn’t like his reflection in the side mirror of my vehicle. He continually flew down to ‘attack’ the intruder in his territory, oblivious to my presence. Although I was able to get reasonably close, the bird was very active, determined to drive off his reflection. I was able to get a dozen shots, but only two were good enough to keep and this was the better one; all the others had motion blur.
I know the white on his wing is overexposed, but I couldn’t do much about that at the time and post-processing didn’t seem to help.

The Scarlet Robin (Petroica multicolour) is an uncommon robin from the open woodlands and forests of southeastern Australia. In New South Wales, it is becoming harder to find due to the continuing decline of suitable habitat through land clearing.

Shot was cropped, sharpened and resized font.

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2005-01-31 20:00]

I see this fellow wants a ride somewhere. Excelent capture and well done on the composition.


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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-02-01 4:02]

Amusing visit by this beautiful bird Chris. You were there at just the right time. What black eyes it has. Well done.

Nice post but focus too soft and a bit overexposed.

I love this white tache on his head! :-))))
Great photo and interesting note.

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2005-02-01 12:32]

Very nice one Chris,
Yes you have right sometimes you must have some luck, well you have very much luck let me tell you, very nice composition, good pof, great dof, good job

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  • willie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1023 W: 61 N: 648] (2083)
  • [2005-02-01 13:45]

Very nice bird Chris. Lucky you. I don't get them to come anywhere near me these days. Good work

Hi Chris,
Our birds are as mad, I have seen a number of species "fighting" the intruder in the mirror, even the bird in the stainless steel petrol pump. Nice little perisher, can see where the "robin" comes from, but is this a type of flycatcher? TFS, mch appreciated.

Quite an amazing experience you tell us Chris. What a funny story. I would like to see something like that. Good post and thanks for sharing.

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