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Late Snow

Late Snow
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Copyright: Rick Price (Adanac) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-04-30
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Eos 300D Digital Rebel, Canon 100-400/4.5-5.6L IS
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/640 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): !Birds of a Feather, Robins of the World [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-04-15 7:52
Viewed: 3198
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This American Robin is all fluffed up trying to ward off a late snow storm. He was captured in the Cypress Hills Provincial Park.
American Robin
Turdus migratorius
General Description

By Gustave J. Yaki

One of the most widespread North American birds today, the familiar and confiding robin breeds across the continent from the treeline southward, and in the mountains to southern Mexico. They winter mainly in the southern USA. They are found breeding throughout Alberta wherever there is a tree from which they can sing and hide their nest. Before the arrival of Europeans, robins would have been absent from the grassland region, except along valleys, due to the lack of trees then.

This so-called "Harbinger of Spring", equally at home in the city or the forest, often overwinters in southern Alberta, sometimes in considerable numbers. Usually, the first true migrants appear from late February to mid March. The males are the first to arrive, followed three weeks later by the females. In mid summer, after breeding is complete, robins gather in large flocks, often along streams where there are abundant fruiting shrubs. Autumn migration peaks in September, with most birds gone by early November, however some robins are recorded on almost every Christmas Bird Count in Calgary and surrounding areas.

Everyone has seen the robin hopping across the lawn, cocking his head as if to listen, but actually to look for earthworms, one of his most favoured foods. Additional food items include insects and other invertebrates, plus fruit, both wild and domesticated.

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hi RİCK; nice shot of this bird which is feel cold. nice colours, focus and sharpness. The POV, DOF and BG are excellent. well eye contact. Very nicely composed TFS well done
Best wishes

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-04-15 10:37]

Hi Rick,

I don't think I've seen a robin so fluffed up before. Thought he was the harbinger of spring! Good job getting such a close-up of him against the snow. Unusual robin photo.


Hi Rick,
Good wintery scenery.
Well composed.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-04-15 11:34]

Hello Rick

I guess this is what the European settlers must have seen when they named it the robin.It looks like an English Robin all puffed up like this,just larger,I see the resemblance now (not just the red breast).Very good focus and sharp details.Well done with the lighting.TFS


Hi Rick,
this must be cold if you looked at the fluffy bird.
You Robin is more red om the belly tyhan ours,
Well composed, good POV and nice colours.
Well done.

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2007-04-15 12:30]

You can hardly go wrong with a bird in the snow! It is always beautiful scene to photograph. I like the composition because is captures so well the coldness of the day. Well exposed with nice colors, good DOF.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-04-15 15:43]

Hi Rick,
Pose is very good. He looks so fluffy. I liked the POV and composition. TFS

He looks like I feel when I bundle up in down jackets. They must have antifreeze in their feet! I like his flat colors against the snowy background and great angles and lines. It is a nice image.

Evelynn : )

Hi Rick,
a puffed up robin is something I have seen a lot of lately but I hope that by the time your photo is two years old we'll have no more snow.They do look forlorn when the weather is bad don't they.I like the detail in this shot with hints of snow on its features and that puffed up breast,it is sitting there so patiently.Tfs. Bob

Ohh.. nice shot!
good colors and excellent composition.
must be really cold out!


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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-04-16 2:23]

Hi Rick

Lovely shot -wonderful POV. You have captured the cold really well.



Hi Rick, very well composed and good colors too. The picture really tell you something, about the harsh winter.

Well done, Anders.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-04-16 8:07]

Hi Rick,
this little robin seems as impressed as me about all this white stuff (not). Very cute how its all fluffed up. Excellent details, and the sharpness and colors are wonderful.

Hello Rick , very strange fluffy pose , good exposured , very sharp , TFS.

Magnifique, mis en valeur, très belle composition et beaux détails.

My critique flew the coop! < When I flipped on "Useful Note" >
No time to repeat. No mood either. Tfs. Jay

PS My critique has started with "No not again!"... ESP, eh!

I still don't feel like retyping till I understand what happened. Meanwhile "Themed"

Hi dear Rick ,
very nice shot at lovely mood.
great sharpness and details.
well composed.
thanks for sharing

Beautiful shot. I feel bad for these guys when they arrive before the last snow. he looks so cold.

Beautiful portrait of and American Robin. I've never seen one in a Winter scene, as they are, as the saying goes the harbinger of Spring. The DOF and color are marvelous. Well done.

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