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Europeon Robin

Europeon Robin
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Copyright: Hilary Wilkinson (Hil) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-03-14
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/4, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-03-15 5:42
Viewed: 3321
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Captured this little goy in my local Park yesterday, for the price of the few seeds he posed for a couple of shots for me.

Cultural depictions

The Robin was held to be a storm-cloud bird and sacred to Thor, the god of thunder, in Norse mythology. More recently, it has become strongly associated with Christmas, taking a starring role on many a Christmas card since the mid-19th century. The Robin has also appeared on many Christmas postage stamps. An old English folk tale seeks to explain the Robin's distinctive red breast. Legend has it that when Jesus was dying on the cross, the Robin, then simply brown in colour, flew to his side and sang into his ear in order to comfort him in his pain. The blood from his wounds stained the Robin's breast, and thereafter all Robins got the mark of Christ's blood upon them. An alternate legend has it that its breast was scorched fetching water for souls in Purgatory. The association with Christmas, however, more probably arises from the fact that postmen in Victorian Britain wore red uniforms and were nicknamed "Robin"; the Robin featured on the Christmas card is an emblem of the postman delivering the card. Robins also feature in the traditional children's tale, Babes in the Wood; the birds cover the dead bodies of the children.

Britain does not have an official national bird. The Robin was the most popular bird according to readers of The Times in the early 1960s. Following this, despite some lobbying, the British government did not actively promote the concept of an official national bird. The Robin was used as a symbol of a Bird Protection Society for a few years only.

The word not only refers to the colour red, Robin red, but also robin's egg blue. Two English professional football clubs are nicknamed "The Robins": Bristol City and Swindon Town. The nickname is derived from both clubs' home colours being red. A small bird is an unusual choice, though is thought to symbolise agility in darting around the field. It is also the nickname of the English Rugby League team Hull Kingston Rovers. The nickname is derived from the club's home colours, of white with a red band, linking to the redbreast of the Robin.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-03-15 6:02]

Hi Hilary.
We have not this species in our places. But in Europe I see it is widespread. You have shared a very nice picture. Especially I like pleasant delicate colour palette with nice light-grey-green colour shades. Bird is reproduced perfectly. I also like excellent DOF and perfect sharpness of the tree branches passing into the blurriness. My best wishes and TFS. Well done.

Hallo Hilary
Have not seen you around lately, good to have you back. Perfect image of this Robin The pose is superb, proofing that the seeds was the right bribe to have. Beautiful colours and fabulous lighting. Very sharp with great detail in the plumage. A superb shot of this beautiful bird. Thanks for sharing.
Kind regards

Hi Hilary,
Good image. I like the depth of field.

Hello Hilary,
My compliment to this well captured of the Robin!
good close up in perfect sharpness, wonderful colour and superb details in the shot
many thanks for sharing and the notes
greeting from NZ

Hello Hilary
I am an avid fan of Robins and you have captured a beauty here..Well worth the price of a few seeds to get him to pose for you!! (I have one in my car park at work who now feeds from my hand)
The scene you have captured him in is perfect showing him in his natural habitat..Excellent sharp details make this a superb Robin Picture.
All the Best

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-03-15 18:44]

Hi Hilary.
Nice photo. You have an excellent work here. Like this beautiful little birds.
Note very interesting too.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-03-16 8:55]

Good to see you back Hilary!
This is a splendid image of this plump Robin :-)
Good composition and POV.
Nice colours as well.
Good work!

Hello Hilary, a fine shot of the Robin, one of my fav birds, you got nice and close here the exif shows 88mm that's really close. Good POV, like me you could do with some better light. It's a well composed shot tfs rgds Necip.

A lovely little bird - wonderfully done. Great colors and depth, wonderfully sharp and clean! :)

Hello Hil,
very nice cpature, good composition and point of view, very good sharpness and lovely colors.

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