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Cute Bird For Red Greg

Cute Bird For Red Greg
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Copyright: Pam Russell (coasties) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3749 W: 483 N: 8155] (28054)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07-24
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF 100-400mm L IS USM, Digital RAW 100, Hoya UV 77mm
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Winter Holiday Campervan Trip 2006
Theme(s): Robins of the World [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-11-02 4:05
Viewed: 4963
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Points: 52
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The New Zealand Robin or Toutouwai (Petroica australis) is a sparrow-sized bird found only in New Zealand, where it has the status of a protected endemic species. The birds are sparsely distributed through South Island and Stewart Island, although the distribution is not continuous. The South Island Robin (P. a. australis), and the Stewart Island Robin (P. a. rakiura) are today accepted as subspecies. The species is closely related to the North Island Robin (formerly P. a. longipes, now considered a distinct species [Miller & Lambert, 2006]), and also to the extremely rare Black Robin (Petroica traversi) of the Chatham Islands.

The male's plumage is a dark slate grey whereas the female is dark grey-brown. On both birds the throat and belly are considerably lighter, in the male a cream colour. It is this bright breast that gave the birds their name, in comparison with the bright breast of the European Robin. The birds generally inhabit the forest fringe, and can often be found in the green belts of towns and cities.


Camera: Canon 20D
Time of day: 2:06 p.m.
Date: 24th July 2006
Weather conditions: Clear
Lens: Canon 100-400mm L IS
Filter: Hoya 77mm UV
Shutter Speed: 1/60
F-Stop: F/5.6
Focal Length: 370mm
ISO: 100
Support: Hand Held
External Flash: Canon 580EX Speedlite
Original file type: Digital Raw

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Hi Pam
Un gran retrato de este pajarillo, tiene pinta de parecerse a nuestros papamoscas cerrojillo.
Una gran composición y fondo que realza al pájaro.
Un saludo y gran trabajo

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  • viv Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 292 W: 3 N: 653] (3317)
  • [2006-11-02 4:17]

Hi Pam,
What a nice shot of this little bird, great POV, sharpness and colours.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-11-02 4:26]

Hi Pam :-)))

Thank you!!!!! This one is too cute to be alive :-) I mean you took it from toy shop with stuffed toys :-) Just lovely! Quality is as always superb. I love composition with bird lookind at blurred plants on BG. Superb work my friend!

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  • Bufo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 404 W: 69 N: 951] (4247)
  • [2006-11-02 4:35]

Hello Pam,
I like this composition a lot. This is one of the nicest bird pictures recently! The soft tones and depth effect by the tree on left are great. Compliments, Jacob

hi pam
magnifique cliché,l'oiseau se detache parfaitement du BG.
la netteté est tres bonne sur l'oiseau.
bon POV et DOF.

Oh Pam, this is cute, what a beauty he is. And I love how he is sitting like this, all prim and proper. It's a great shot, thank you,

PS I love Greg's response - a stuffed bird from a toy shop!

Hello Pam,
pose is excellent, great work. Very good sharpness, details, colours and composition. Thanks for sharing.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2006-11-02 5:31]

Hello Pam,
A really lovely shot of little Robin who's posing very nicely for you. Good focus and nice colours against the diffuse background.
TFS, Ulla

Great shot Pam.
Everything is up to your usual high standard, but I especially like the composition.
Nice contrast too.


Grand job here. I have never seen one this birds so, applause to you.

Beautiful job,


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  • fthsm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 172 W: 56 N: 512] (3689)
  • [2006-11-02 6:55]

I can't think sensible when I see a photo like this. So just,
TFS Pam.

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2006-11-02 8:16]

Bonjour Pam, very cute shot!! This littel bird is in a nicely pose. I like your blurred BG too: great composition. Well done, Didier.

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2006-11-02 10:17]

Hi Pam,

Great shot of this cute fellow,well captured with good colors and sharpness,well done and TFS


Hi pam,
Unusual compo but definitely a good one.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-11-02 12:00]

What a cute bird, Pam!
It looks so nice and fluffy :))
I really like the composition and the DOF here, with those lovely branches showing there and making a very good idea about its environment.
Also great flash management, beautiful colors and geat framing.

Bravo and TFS

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  • Adam73 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 208 W: 5 N: 522] (2253)
  • [2006-11-02 12:08]

Talking about pop!!! this image is so perfectly shot its just beautiful. Colors, sharpness and the creamy background just draws your subjuct right out at you. Very Very nice. TFS.

Hello Pam,
very beautiful bird, details is completed.
I like the centring because it looks on its left. That more highlights it.

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-11-02 14:50]

Hi Pam,
Lovely bird. Colors, details, composition and pose are wonderful!
TFS, José M.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2006-11-02 15:05]

Hello Pam,
A very appealing shot of an appealing little bird. It's nice to see a sharp subject against a BG that is blurred but discernable, so that he is portrayed in his habitat.
Thanks and best wishes, Ivan

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  • mbasil Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 148 N: 745] (3320)
  • [2006-11-02 15:20]

Nice composition, Pam. I like the informal balance. Shades of Howard with that flash fill. It works very well here.

Bonjour Pam
Il est très joli cet oiseau ,les couleurs et les détails,le cadrage ainsi que le BG tout est joli.
Merci et au revoir....JP

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2006-11-02 21:55]

Pam, cute indeed.

Excellent sharpness, pov and composition. Maybe, I'd try to add a little bit of lighting, but it's just an opinion.

A really great image.

Looks almost like one of our Juncos, good detail in the plumage, nice shot.


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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-11-03 4:09]

Wooow ! This composition is pleasure for my eyes ! I like the bird pose and the background is also a good bonus here. Colors, DOF and sharpness are perfect. Useful note as always...
COngratulations Master Pam and thanks for sharing this beauty.

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  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2006-11-03 18:51]

Hello Pam,
Indeed a cute bird. And also an excellent quality of the shot. Very nice DOF showing the type of environment it lives in, but not to the extent of being distracting.
Best greetings,

wow what amazing shot.

TFS mario

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