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The Quintessential Songbird

The Quintessential Songbird
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Copyright: Callie de Wet (Callie) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-04-08
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D70, Sigma 70-200 f2.8
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/25 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Rouge-gorge / Robin (part. 1) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-07-30 9:41
Viewed: 9691
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Robin - Erithacus rubecula - 14 cm – Britain’s National Bird is one of the easiest European birds to identify. The red face distinguishes it from all other red-breasted birds. Actually, this rufus or chestnut or red-brown colour is always called RED – why I do not know, because it is not red! It has a rounded body with a slim tail & is a very timid bird. It is a woodlands bird where it use to follow animals such as wild boars, gleaning the insects they disturbed. In the UK, they follow gardeners, and become very tame. So I read. Robert, is this true? It has big, black eyes, bluish-grey on the sides of the neck and chest as can clearly be seen on the picture. 4-6 eggs are laid in a domed nest of leaves & grass and two broods a season are raised.
Zoos are great places to shoot your local birds, because food is generally plentiful, it is safe and the birds get so used to people that they literally scramble out of reach of your feet in some occasions. This is a fee Robin, who was investigating an empty tiger cage. I shot him through the glass, no flash, and there was just a bit of London sun. This is the best of my UK Robins. I like his jist here, so calm, yet so prepared. Also, his colours are very near to the actual colour of the bird.
8 April 2004 @ 12h30 @ London Zoo; Nikon D70 & Sigma 70-200 f2.8 lens + 2X converter; handheld, pressed against the glass; ISO 200; 1/25 @F5.6; +1EV, Programme Autoexposure mode; no flash; levels, lightness & saturation, reduced to posting size, USM & faded with soft light. 400 mm focal length! The image is maybe a tad soft, but – consider 400 mm @1/25 sec handheld/ pressed to the glass. I was quite chuffed! All comments welcomed and appreciated.

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Oh! This is a cute one... reminds me of Frédéric's one on TE.

Roodborstje tikt tegen 't raam, tin, tin, tin
Laat mij er in, laat mij er in
't Is hier te guur en te koud naar mijn zin
Laat mij erin, tin, tin, tin...

Beautiful picture of a lovely bird, that's the kind of picture I would like to be able to make once...
Very well done Callie, thank you!

Now you post this when I have no more points, but I dont mind comming back to this tomorrow and the day after .... This is a stunning shot even though it is not your normal sharpness - I think it can be attributed to being taken through glass. I couldn't resist doing a workshop - Hope you like it

Nice shot! I love the composition, but I do wish it was sharper - obviously I'm impressed that you managed 1/25th at 400mm though. Yes, they do follow gardeners around - we flush out insects and worms, so we're a good generator of food. I think the closest I've been to our robin is about 1ft (30cm) - of course I never have a camera on me at the time! Good note as usual :-)

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2004-07-30 11:55]

The song from Viviane is nice Callie,
Your composition is also nice Callie good colours , great note, Okee it's alittle unsharp, but not a problem for me, Gewoon een compleet goed werk.

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  • Esox Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 20 N: 344] (972)
  • [2004-07-30 12:19]

Nice composition and colors, Callie.
Unsharp, yes, but with many reasons.
Nice work.

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  • Piotr (0)
  • [2004-07-30 12:25]

nice picture and useful , interesting note about robin, well done
regards, piotr

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2004-07-30 13:31]
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Mooie Robin, Callie, moeilijk om altijd alles 200% perfect te zijn. Mag er wel zijn vind ik!

Hi Callie some people may argue with you over it being The Quintessential Songbird some think it to be the Nightingale (Luscinia megarhynchos) though to be honest I`ve never seen one they are so rare today.
Notes as usual are superb the picture does look very soft though which is a shame as he composition is spot on as are the colours.

A lovely closeup of this Robin. Are they like this all through Europe? In America, they look quite different.

Very nice one, Callie. The robin seems to be a little out of focus, but 400 mm at 1/25 tells a lot to that respect. The posture and the rendition of the beautifully colored plumage are priceless. Good shot.

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  • letr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 87 W: 50 N: 47] (130)
  • [2004-07-30 17:07]

Well Callie considering the circomstances it came out quite good !!Very steady hand, or just very lucky ;-)I like the compo and colors .. Well done !

Callie, Very nice note. Great composition of the Robin. Given the situation very well done. Thanx for sharing.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2004-07-30 19:23]
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Con un apodo u otro, tus imagenes son siempre llamativas.
Hermosa captura Callie.
Excelentes colores y encuadre para exhibir un ave tan particular.
Bien hecho!

With a nickname or another one, your images are always gaudy.
Beautiful capture Callie.
Excellent colors and frame to exhibit a so particular bird.
Well done!

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  • zto Silver Star Critiquer [C: 36 W: 6 N: 0] (0)
  • [2004-08-01 15:11]

Those birds are really so cute Callie. The way they stand to wide aparta with there legs just make them so charming. I think this one is a bit softer then your photos usualy are. It looks more like a bit of motion blur to me, rather then a soft focus. I could be wrong of course :). Anyway, it is a lovely bird and a fine shot, but i know you can do even better.

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  • orme Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 45 W: 0 N: 56] (188)
  • [2004-08-04 4:41]

Surrounded by cheetahs this little robin red-breast really stood out in your thumbnail gallery, Callie. Beautiful shot, with great colours. Well captured.

tres jolie pause Callie.
ce rouge gorge semble si fragile.
le cadrage est bien vu.

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  • gazo Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 72 W: 0 N: 13] (91)
  • [2004-11-13 7:35]

A very good composition on this one. Not your sharpest but good. I'm glad to see an European Robin. Quite different as ours in North America. Ours is ( 23-28cm )with head and tail black or gray, dark gray back and brick-red breast.

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