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Brave Robin *For nglen*

Brave Robin *For nglen*
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Copyright: Joe Kellard (joey) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-12-16
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Powershot S3 IS, Digital ISO-80, Kenko 58mm UV filter
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/160 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Erithacus rubecula - Robin, Narbulbulu, A - Z Birds [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-12-17 1:25
Viewed: 3131
Points: 56
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Firstly thankyou to everyone who critiqued me yesterday :) They are all really appreciated!

This one is for Nick Glen (nglen) because of all the superb Robin photos he has posted over his time on TN :)

This is actually my first decent Robin shot, yeah I posted a couple back quite a few months ago but the noise level in them was atrocious and the surroundings weren't particularly natural (bird feeders).

This little guy was very brave even for a Robin! He came within a metre of me, my Dad and a relatively big dog! This is the best out of a few of fleeting shots of this bird.

The National Bird and a common favourite, the Robin is easily recognised by most people.

The Robin is a plump bird with bright orange-red breast, face, throat and cheeks edged with grey, a white belly and olive-brown upper parts.

The sexes are very similar, if not identical, though some texts suggest that the brown forehead is "V" shaped in females, and "U" shaped in males, though even this is not always apparent. They have a brown bill and legs.

The juvenile Robin has speckled buff-brown upper parts and underparts. They have no red feathers so that adult birds do not attack them in territorial disputes. The speckled feathers are lost in a partial moult when the bird is about two to three months old.

In the winter, resident birds are joined by immigrants from Scandinavia and the continental Europe; these Robins are paler than ours, have a duller red breast. The immigrants are also generally less tame because they skulk in woodlands, only British Robins are a tame garden bird.

Robins are territorial all year round; during the spring and summer this territoriality is for breeding, but at other times individual robins hold territories for feeding. Robins will defend their territories to the death, and so in the poem "Who killed Cock Robin?", another Robin rather than a sparrow would be more likely:

Who killed Cock Robin?
I said the Sparrow,
With my bow and arrow,
And I killed Cock Robin.

The Robin's diet is principally insects and worms, which it will normally catch by swooping, that is to say, snatching its prey on the ground after watching for movement from a perch above. They will also often follow a gardener that is digging the soil over for any easy pickings (see Feeding).

In the garden, the Robin has a sweet tooth and often takes cake, especially fruit cake, coconut cake and uncooked pastry. At other times, sunflower hearts are eaten. Mealworms are a firm favourite, which they will often take from the hand.

Robins, both males and females, hold their own separate feeding territories in the winter, which they defend vigorously. By around Christmas, many will have paired up. Initially, they do not spend much time together, merely tolerate one another, but will remain together until the following autumn moult.

The nest is made from grass, moss and dead leaves, lined with hair and wool, and usually in a hole in a tree stump, bank or wall, but more unusual locations such as kettles, cars, and coat pockets have been used. An open-fronted nest box may be used.

The smooth, non-glossy eggs are white or pale blue with reddish spots, and about 20 mm by 15 mm. Incubation is by the female only. The young are fed by both parents.

Thanks :)

ramthakur, Heaven, Adanac, pierrefonds, jcoowanitwong, eqshannon, Jamesp, jaycee, nglen, Luis52, paulsballs, angybone, clnaef, hester, rousettus has marked this note useful
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Goodness, how close did you get to this bird, Joe? And you even used your flash light! Wonderful. It is one of the best bird photos I have ever seen. Congratulations!
The sharpness and colours are phenomenal.
TFS and cheers.

Hi Joe!

He looks so sweet! The colors are superb, the richness of details and the sharpness are excellent, too! It's a very pleasant wildlife picture.

Kind regards


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-12-17 4:40]

Hello Joe,
Did he leave beak marks on your lense, fabulous close up with amazing detail and colors. Thanks for the great image and note also.

hello joe,
vary nice shot of this beautiful robbin, the pov and the eye contact is lovely, well saturated colours, pleasing composition, good details of the plumage,
well done,
tfs & regards

Hi Joe,

A good POV of the robin, the photo has a good composition, sharpness and beautiful colors. Thanks for sharing.


Hi Joe,
Great the you can take shot at this lovely Robin in close range. I never have such a chance. Lovely sharp image with fine detail clearly seen. Nice natural color. TFS,

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-12-17 6:04]

Hi Joe,
extremely impressive shot. The winert sun has given you some wonderful low golden light, this chap looks like he's glowing almost! Excellent clarity and sharp detail with a precise focus and bang on DOF..really a great photo, faultless.

You guys and your European Robins...and here the first official day of winter is still a week away....oh well I am now resigned to live out this winter in style...by going through these pictures you folks have done so well for times like these...very nice Joey..and a nice dedication to Mr Small bird...Nick!

Hola Joe,
Excelente retrato de este simpático pájaro, bonita composición, gran definición con buenas texturas, preciosa luz y color, saludos
José Ramón

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-12-17 9:45]

Well done joe again on this fantastic Robin ! Very sharp, great warm colors, great lights in its eye and a wonderful pose. Thanks,


Hello Joe,
My compliment towards this outstanding super close up of Robin dedication to our good friend Nick!
perfect size posting to enjoy the perfect sharpness, awesome colour and so much details on the Robin!
very very well done and pleased
best regards

Hi Joe,
Your little fluffy has very good details and sharpness; for example the beak, eye,...
Not easy to accomplish in my experience.
Well done

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-12-17 10:43]

Hi Joe

Great POV! Wonderful sharpness and exposure. :)


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-12-17 11:18]

Hi Joe,

Now THAT is a close-up of this beautiful Robin. Fantastic job. The colors are excellent and so natural. The expression on the face is sweet and lovely. Superb details and a picture to be proud of.


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-12-17 11:24]

Hi Joe. WOW a BIG THANKS to you joe for this dedication i am honoured .
You have a very fine capture of this beautiful bird. your sharp focusing has given fine detail . goodrich but still natural looking colours. with a good POV. very well done TFS. good notes as always.

Hi Joe, splendid bird with wonderful colors and great details, excellent sharpness, lovely blurry BG, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-12-17 14:47]

Hi Joe, what a fab shot of this lovely Robin! The red fills the shot and those beautiful large eyes are right there with a wonderful reflection. Such great detail and sharpness on the plumage, good exposure and excellent pov. Nice one for Nick! Cheers and tfs

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2007-12-17 16:07]

simply fantastic,the colours of bird are wonderfull,no need comment,the beauty of pic talk alone,thanks for share,Luciano

Impresionante toma Joe, con un gran acercamiento y sin perder nada de calidad.
Excelente trabajo.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-12-17 18:17]

Hola Joe.- Bella foto de este Robin, Exelentes colores y gran nitidez. Creo que Nick se lo merece.
Saludos Luis52.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-12-17 20:24]

Hello Joey

I love how this cute little Robin is looking into the lens.
A wonderful portrait with very good focus and sharpness.
The eye contact is excellent with lovely glint.
Your POV and DOF are excellent.
Great colours.


G’day Joe!
Strikingly Beautiful image. Excellent exposure and DOF. Well done!
TFS Paul

Such courage in such a tiny little body.
Wonderful shot.
Great details and wonderful color. :)

Hello Joe,
It is fun to see they are getting so blown-up when the temperature gets lower..!
A fine portrait with great details, the flash works well for additional light and the colours are really attractive...
Good point of view and a fine composition!
Pablo -

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  • clnaef Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 778 W: 67 N: 645] (6814)
  • [2007-12-18 22:48]

Belle posture...et quelle livrée !
Bonne journée.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-12-20 1:56]

Hello Joe,
Lovely close capture of Robin showing sharp details and lovely colours. Your flash has worked really well - it looks like sunlight (from below!). You'd never get as close as this here!
TFS and cheers, Ulla

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-12-22 14:48]

Hi Joe

This is a stunning Robin shot, one of the best I have seen. I love the catchlight, the stunning colours and the pin sharp details. Great work. It would make a perfect Chritmas card.

Lovely dedication for Nick



Hi Joe,
your brave robin gave a nice pose. but you capture it greatly. Sharpness and details excellent as like POV, colors, eye contact. This is great dedication to our friend, Nick.
best wishes

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