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"City Robin" American Robin

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Copyright: Robert Shannon Sr (eqshannon) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2458 W: 216 N: 10292] (31141)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-02-28
Categories: Birds
Camera: Fuji Finepix S2 pro, Sigma 70-300mm
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-02-29 6:51
Viewed: 2517
Points: 38
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See the snow? No? Well that is because it is melting fast...now I am not one for superstitions, not strange tales. Nature however has a better notion. Today I saw another slew of Robins and they were playing in the melted snow and among the leaves..I saw one pull a nice huge worm up out of the ground...so they know something it looks as though! I thought that this one was particularly cute...he knew I was right behind him and he certainly must have heard my camera and footsteps etc....but he refused to turn. He just sat there in this still position while I fumbled with batteries and all sorts of controls.... Certainly he was proud of his feathers...and he might have been saying..."us Robins are so well know for our red breast but did you know we have lovely tail feathers too?"

It is of course an American Robin, not a "city robin", but I titled him so because it is apparent he is not in the country. Well at least to me. In my wilderness up north we have no curbs. And on one side he is surrounded by a large unused parking lot, the other, the street covered in mosses and maple seeds. We shall have to see what truth there is to Robins and spring. I look a the maps in disbelief, seeing nothing but warmer wetter...and very little snow in the offing...

I managed to make a very good friend of Dr. Jon Dobson back in the mid 1990's while he was doing research on magnetite in the human body. We wrote back and forth for many years and at one point he sent me all of his research printed materials...at the time it was my notion, since prove, that birds have a node of magnetite near in their heads and in this way they can detect the geomagnetic field of the earth. This is turn guides them like a compass. There is quite a bit to this story and I also have written papers as concerns this, but TN would need much more notations space. The interesting part is that man also at one time had such nodes, but in evolution did not use them so apparently not many humans still have them...yet a few do...I shall attempt to go on more about this..but suffice it to say it works as a homing device for birds...and I was fortunate enough to be a part of the fits and starts of research in the area.

Fujifilm DSLR
Sigma 70-300mm Nikon F Mount
asa/iso 320
Hand Held
Enlarged, Cropped

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-02-29 8:27]
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Hey Bob!
This is nice capture!
The Robin's wings are held low which is a sort of defensive posture I think.
Excellent composition as always.
Superb DOF.
Slightly blurred but I don't know how that could be seeing as the shutter speed is so high unless this is has been heavily cropped.
Nevertheless still a great shot in its own right.
Thanks for sharing Bob!
Good to hear the snows gone!


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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-02-29 8:53]

Hello Bob, no problem with the snow here, no melting at all! :-) Very nice shot of the Robin, well done, thanks!


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-02-29 9:20]

Hi Bob,

Thank you for the nice comments on my 300th. Funny how we celebrate milestones. A very unusual setting and pov for this Robin. I always think of them on grass. Wish we had them here.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-02-29 9:27]

Hi Bob,very nice point of view and beautifull light,excellent work,have a nice day,Luciano

Hello Bob,
Very beautiful lighting to capture this Robin!
nice to know the snow is melting away and spring is coming for you and soon will be summer again!
a nice composition with notes
many thanks

Hi Bob,

These birds certainly fine plumage annd it is tough when they won't give you exactly the pose you want. But it doen't matter here becuase you've given is a nice shor of the back, winds and tail feathers. Nice use of light emphsises this so well. Nice low pov - looks like you were sitting or even lying down for this one. Great5 pov and composition.

Got your message and address wiring its way to you.


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-02-29 11:07]

Hi Bob. I know only to well that if a bird wants to look the other way it will. you have captured a good close up of the Robing. fine detail and natural colours. well done TFS.
You have a good weekend.

Hi Bob, lovely walking Robin in splendid pose, good colors and excellent sharpness, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-02-29 14:49]

Hi Bob

Interesting note - as always. plus lovely shot of the robin.

James :)

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  • lizzie Gold Star Critiquer [C: 207 W: 0 N: 605] (2855)
  • [2008-02-29 15:26]

Hi Bob,

Here in Quebec, still snow and more snow coming this week-end....
I really like the earth colour tones in your image!
Looks like he's having a walk also but on the broadwalk!
Well done!


I probably would not recognize this as a somewhat common robin in the Pacific Northwest. But then, I live in a cave! :)

Thanks for the view and information.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-02-29 17:16]

Hola SR. Bob.
Bella e interesante la pose de este Robin. Espero verlos por aqui muy pronto tambien. Es sin duda esta una muy buena foto.
Saludos Y un Abrazo Bob.

hello Bob

lovely shot of this woodland & urban inhabitant, a different POV
the Robin by his back showing his plumage, the light is beautiful,
i love the way you framed the Robin on the image and also
your POV at the level of the subject, TFS


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-03-01 5:39]

Hello Bob,
I like the composition you choose here a great deal. I also like the idea you have Robins returning. It can't be to much longer for us then. I have noticed starling checking out some cavities in our trees for nesting sites. Thank you for the great notes and image once again.
PS I love your work on Youtube, The Cops parode was a scream.

Hello Bob,
very cute bird you show here
I like very much the way of point of view,
lovely colours and very fine composition,
cheer my friend,

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-03-02 4:43]

Hello Bob,
City or not, it must be great to see these Robins near human habitation. You caught this guy in a fine pose, that means that it is on the alert and may be like Joe says, with defensive wing positions.
Great lighting nearly coming the side.
Thanks for sharing this one,
Have a great Sunday,

Hi Bob,

A nice reminder that Spring is on its way. It's interesting how some Robins aren't scared of people at all.

I had a large flock of Robins in my yard a couple weeks ago feeding on Juniper berries, and I thought maybe Winter's back was broken, but it's been quite wintery since, so I guess the Robins here jumped the gun a little. The ground is still quite frozen here, no worms for them yet, so I expect they headed back south to wait a while more.

Thanks for posting that!


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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-03-03 20:39]

Hello Bob

I wonder if this is why some people are better than others at finding places.
A lovely capture of the early returning Robin.Boy you have no snow compared to us.
I was walking around in 1m of the stuff still,but we really have about 3 weeks of Winter left.
The shot has lovely warm lighting.I had to look at the date you took this and was surprised it was Feb.

Hi Bob,

The american robin does not seem to be disturbed by the photographer. The details and colors of the bird are clear and precise. No snow left on the ground, this better then near my house. A snow storm ovver the weekend left around 30cm on the ground with high wind. Your note has a lot of information. Have a nice day.


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