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Petroica australis longipes

Petroica australis longipes
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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: 2005-11-27
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
Theme(s): Robins of the World [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-12-08 5:11
Viewed: 4041
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
North Island Robin

The North Island robin (Petroica australis longipes) is one of our friendliest forest birds. It is smaller than a starling, larger than a sparrow and stands upright on long thin legs. It is dark grey to almost black with a white spot above the bill, and a greyish-white lower breast and belly.

Robins feed mostly on the forest floor with a diet of invertebrates supplemented with small fruits in summer and autumn. Robins mature at one year old and the breeding season extends from August to February, during which time each pair may raise three broods. Nests are usually built in forks of tree trunks or branches, and consist of a bulky cup of twigs, bark, fibres, and moss, bound together with cobwebs and lined with tree-fern scales, moss, fine grasses and occasionally with feathers and wool.

Robins are territorial all year but particularly during the breeding season when the male patrols his patch and sings from prominent perches.

Once widespread throughout the North Island, there are now only small populations across the centre of the Island from Taranaki to Bay of Plenty and on offshore islands.

The above obtained from http://www.sanctuary.org.nz/restoration/forest/north_island_robin/robin.html


Camera: Canon 20D
Time of day: 9:29 a.m.
Date: 27th November 2005
Weather conditions: Clear
Lens: Canon 100-400mm L IS
Filter: Hoya 77mm UV
Shutter Speed: 1/60
F-Stop: F/4.5
Focal Length: 100mm
ISO: 100
External Flash: Canon 580EX Speedlight
Original file type: Digital Raw

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Hi Pam!
An acrobat? I'm still amazed of bird's possibility!
Great photo and very cute robin.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-12-08 5:21]

Hello Pam!
Very nice capture again.I liked POV a lot.Sharpness,details,pose of bird,framing and composition are also wonderful.TFS....:-)

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  • taba Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 466 W: 124 N: 312] (1847)
  • [2005-12-08 5:26]

Hi Pam
An unusual way to the bird (Petroica)stand on the tree!
High sharpness and good DOF, POV. the flash was well balanced too.
Great shot

What a nice compo . I really like this shot Pam. Very nice pose and sharpness. Very well done.

What a nice shot. You captured this moment really well, Pam. I like the focus, sharpness, DOF and composition.

Well done.


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  • Nico Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 199 W: 1 N: 335] (1321)
  • [2005-12-08 7:40]

This is very cute little birdie, caugh in a wonderful pose. Well framed and exposed. Congrats.

A sweet beauty. It's a brave small bard that is not affraid to come and check the world from closer range. (and making it easier for you).

Great shot

Regards, Petru

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  • Dave Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 503 W: 43 N: 657] (2178)
  • [2005-12-08 10:25]

Very nice capture Pam!
Quite a cute little bird with a great pose for you and us thanks to you...;-)

The left leg almost appears to have a band on it... could it be?

Thanks for an excellent picture,

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  • denka Silver Note Writer [C: 2 W: 0 N: 39] (421)
  • [2005-12-08 13:02]

The pose and sharpness is aspot on. Fantastic capture and lol what a pose you got from this little fellow. =)


Hi Pam,
Excellent capture, Good sharp detail and colours. Great POV.
Nicely composed and good exposure. The framing is great, nice one.
Thanks for posting. Enjoy the rest of the week.

Hi Pam, this is a nice vertical capture of one of your local species the composition is excellent. :)

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-12-08 13:50]

Hi Pam, what a big name for this little fellow. So cute and tiny. I don't think I've see one of these North Island robins before. Good to know that they are up at Wendeholm. Excellent portrait, great pose and sharpness. Well done, thank you.

Hi Pam,
such a sweet little guy, how can he sit there, unbeleaveable!
Wonderful sharpness and nice arrangement, I like it very much, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Fantastic one Pam, I really like the composition, this is great. Excellent POV, sharpness and details. Great pose and note too. Thanks for posting.

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2005-12-09 6:02]

Pam boujour, very nice shot with this littel cute bird!! Lovely colors and details, good POV too. Congratulations Didier.

Oh wow, It's special to see a vertical framing like this, with this bird position. Original, sharp, and well composed.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-12-09 13:43]

Pam, this is another very nice shot by you.

Excellent composition, sharpness, pov and pose.

Great details and bg. Great use of flash and catchlight.

A lovely image.

Hi Pam,
Excellent portrait framing and composition on this shot. Flash exposure is spot on, giving wellsaturated colors. The detail and DOF look perfect. Well done!

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-12-10 0:17]

Personal assessment of the photo: excellent. Great use of the flash.
Capacity of evocation in me: strong.
Strong visual impact.
Personal assessment of the note: complete.
Thank you very much Pam.

What a cutie!!! He is wearing bracelets (banded).

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