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Copyright: Janice Dunn (Janice) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-02-02
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 300D, Tamron 28-300 XR
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/60 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Birds Of New Zealand, Robins of the World [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-02-06 4:09
Viewed: 4139
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
New Zealand Robin
(Petroica australis)
Maori: Toutouwai

Here’s the little North Island Robin from Tiritiri Mataangi Island in the Hauraki Gulf north of Auckland again. We kept finding him on the floor of the bush and he loved it when we moved the dead leaves with our feet too.

I love his bangles - each bird has one or two (or 4) to identify it. I’m not sure what the colours mean, but I would think it would have something to do with the year it was born and even the breeding pair that it came from.

There are three subspecies of this delightful bird; this is the North Island subspecies, characterised by dark slate grey upper parts with an irregular shaped patch of white on its chest, long thin legs and an upright stance. The female is generally browner and lighter coloured than the male.

They belong to the new world robins the Eopsaltriidae, and are not related to the Northern Hemisphere robins .

Tiritiri Matangi Island (226 hectares) is one of the most successful community-based conservation projects in the world. In just 15 years unwanted predators have been eradicated, and the once-pastoral island has been replanted with native trees. Thousands of volunteers have planted close to 300,000 trees, restoring pasture to native forest and creating a home for some of New Zealand's most endangered birds.

Once forest and wetland habitats were restored, DOC (Dept of Conservationand the Supporters of Tiritiri Matangi Inc. began to return native birds like the North Island Robin, takahe, kiwi, kokako, saddlebacks and stitchbirds to the island. The open sanctuary status allows visitors to experience some of the best birdlife in the country.


I have placed the original photo in the WS, and as you can see it was quite dark and I have had to do a bit of PP work on it to get it up to this view. I can’t remember all I did, but I hope you like it.

dew77, marhowie, hummingbird24, fiyo, wallhalla15, Toni, Dave, ellis49, loot, ALIRIZA has marked this note useful
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Hi Janice,
Very nice shot on this beautiful bird,
the details and colours are excellent,
great POV and nice pose.
Thanks for sharing!

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-02-06 7:48]

Hello Janice!
Excellent capture.I liked pose of bird,details,
framing and composition a lot.

Very good details and an excellent inquisitive pose Jancie..Well composed also.
Very nice, Thank You!

bonjour janice
de bons details et j'aime bien la façon que le merle a de trouner un peu la tete.joli.

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2006-02-06 10:35]

well well janice,
also an birdshots, well I like the shot, with the good details on his legs, a very good pov and a fantastic dof, well taken composition,
gr. jaap

Great image and pose, plus considering the conditions, wonderful pp work as well, Janice!

This bird has more jewellery than I do...

Thank you for sharing this well composed shot with us!

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2006-02-06 12:53]

Hello Janice,
Very nice capture.POV,colors,sharpness and composition are excellent.TFS

Hello Janice,
a very nice capture. Excellent colours and very good sharp detail. Composition and POV are great also. Very well done.

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  • Toni Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 403 W: 2 N: 316] (2034)
  • [2006-02-06 17:53]

Hi Janice
Funny looking bird. Looks like he's on stilts with those coloured bands on his legs. Strange position too. Well framed.
Regards Toni

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  • Dave Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 503 W: 43 N: 657] (2178)
  • [2006-02-06 18:55]

Wow Janice! Talk about the bird of many bands...
Beautiful picture though!
I like your cropping and enhancement!
Looks very good!

Hi Janice,

Great pov and well captured, TFS this image.

Hi Janice,
The POV and pose are great. This must be a female with all those rings;-)
Good details, nice colours and compostion.
Very well done.

Today we don't need any cool breeze up here;-)
its snowing and it's -10C at the moment.

Pl out of dimes;-)

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-02-07 10:05]

Hallo Janice!!!

Another superb photo and even better Maori word! Tiritiri sounds delicious :-) I like vigilant pose of this small bird, its eyes and jewelry :-) Very nice post my friend!

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2006-02-07 22:20]

Hi Janice
Well done (especially with the post processing) to end up with a presentable outcome of this nature. You managed to capture some lovely detail of this dainty little darkish coloured bird, in a dark bush scene with a flash that's not working well. That all sounds like excellent work to me. TFS

Hello Janice!
Very nice portrait,beautiful.Nice capture with good colors(black & white), POV, framing and detail you have caught.Well done.Congratulations...

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