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Friendly Robin

Friendly Robin
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Copyright: Andy Cole (flagman) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 351 W: 44 N: 607] (2408)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-02-11
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 300D, Canon 70-200 f/4L, Hoya Super HMC Pro1 67mm Sky1B
Exposure: f/4, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Robins [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-03-20 9:42
Viewed: 4015
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I don't think there's such a thing as an unfriendly Robin - they are certainly among Britain's tamest birds. I was about 2 metres away from this one with a huge lens pointing at it and it just carried on singing....
Taken at the edge of Marsworth Reservoir, Tring.

Conditions...Late afternoon, handheld.
PP: RAW conversion, Crop, USM, add frame.

General info about the robin, from Arkive.org:
Widespread and common species. Included in the Birds of Conservation Concern Green List (low conservation concern).

The Robin is undoubtedly one of Britain's most dearly loved birds. It is instantly recognisable due to the rusty-red breast; indeed, 'Robin redbreast' and simply 'redbreast' are well-known alternative names. The sexes are very similar, but juveniles lack the red breast and are mottled with browns and buffs. The robin is one of the few birds to sing throughout the winter; its melodious, liquid song is a further feature that has endeared this species to the public. A short 'tick' call is also produced.

Widely distributed throughout Britain, with the exception of islands and the higher hills of Scotland. It also occurs throughout much of Europe, reaching as far east as central Siberia, as well as parts of North Africa and Turkey.

Occurs in a range of habitats, but typically requires the presence of both dense vegetation and open areas. It breeds in woodlands, gardens, forest edges, parks, and even city centres.

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2006-03-20 9:45]

Hello Andy, toujours trés photogenique ce Rouge Gorge!! Composition, colors and sharpness are perfect, but I like more over the splendid BG. Very well done, congratulations Didier.

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  • viv Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 292 W: 3 N: 653] (3317)
  • [2006-03-20 10:07]

Hello Andy,
It really looks like a friendly Robin, nice capture very sharp and nice colous good POV

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-03-20 10:28]

Hello Andy,
this little Robin is cute. It is a great shot of him, and I love the colors and details of his feathers. Wonderful POV and great sharpness. A lovely composition.

Hi Andy,
such a lovely robin with wonderful sharpness - amazing with f4, I like it very much.
Very well done, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hi Andy

A littled rushed this moring, so just a quick visit. Enough time to see that this is a well composed shot, with very good light and details. Good colour and POV. :-)

This is a lovely shot Andy. Great colours and lighting. Great sharpness, POV and a very informative note too. This is a very nice composition. Thank you for posting.

bonjour andy
bons details et POV
manque peu être un peu de contraste mais tres joli rouge gorge.

Hi Andy,
Good detail, colours and sharpness.
Composition and lighting are good. Good POV and framing.
Thanks for posting, have a great week.
Tring reservoirs are just 10 minutes away from me, let me know if you want to do a morning/afternoon there sometime.

"I don't think there's such a thing as an unfriendly Robin" Hmm, reading that I really begin to think our robins must be a totally different species ;) These are one of the most shy birds in our forests! I can't imagine seeing one from such short distance.
Anyway, it's a great shot with nice quality and some good details.

Very nice shot Andy.
Excellent colors and very nice composition.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2006-03-25 14:23]
  • [+]

Hi Andy,

I told you this picture was great in an e-mail and I am glad you decided to put it on TN. It's sharp and the colors are good. I see some background noise, but it's not annoying. Well done & TFS! Now show us some 20D pictures! :) Well done & TFS!


Hello Andy,
Very nice portrait of a robin. I like the BG and framing too. As far as sharpness is concerned some TE robin posts show more details but your posing is simply perfect. TFS Thomas

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