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I thing we have a lot of pics and information about Robins, so maybe these informations is normal. but i hope you like it, I specialy like this shot myself, the way he look is cute...!
European Robin Both Sexes
Brown upperparts and red breast.
Length: 13-14 cm (5")
Wing Span: 20-22 cm (8-9")
Weight: 16-22 g (½-¾ oz)
Breeding Pairs: 4 200 000
Present: All Year
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.
Robins are rarely seen or heard during midsummer (July-August) when they are moulting and become rather retiring.
At other times they can usually be heard singing their melodious warbling song from strategic perches, often quite high up; it sounds like "twiddle-oo, twiddle-eedee, twiddle-oo twiddle". In the winter, it can sound wistful, some say mournful, but around Christmastime the song becomes stronger and more passionate.
They will sing all through the night, particularly near to street lights, and this often leads to them being incorrectly identified as a Nightingale.
The alarm call is a loud ticking call.
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- [2006-05-12 10:49]
Hi Babak, nice composition. Looks like a shot from a Christmas card and has a painting like feel to it. Great details and colours, and very well composed with good eye level POV. Well done and TFS.
- [2006-05-12 11:02]
Wonderful capture,interesting POV.I liked colors,DOF you managed,framing and composition a lot.
Great portrait! The soft atmosphere is amazing.
It's really amazing that the dof is shallow here. Focusing is on the face and his chest, other than there is soft and blur in the frame. But that it made the portrait something special. It is like a dream! I like it! Thank you,
- [2006-05-12 19:16]
Lots of details, very nice macro Babak. Good technique and great note. Thanks.
- [2006-05-13 5:49]
The DOF makes this shot special for me. I like the Composition, POV, BG and the detail on the subject. TFS,
I really like the frame filling composition here. A nice soft feel, but good detai where it counts. Beautiful subtle colors and tones. This looks great!
Out of smiley's tonight, will revisit....................
- [2006-05-24 6:51]
A wonderful close up of a very cute bird.. love the dreamyness to it :)