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Spring was in the Air... (14)
Shoot_Score Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 445 W: 302 N: 670] (2376)
"Spring was in the Air" [ in the Urban Jungle, ] because I shot this in 2004...

But given the miserable weather we are having now - here in Nova Scotia - in the deep of winter, my longing goes back to Springtime; any Springtime. Springtime - it is said - is when a youngman's fancy turns to love. Well this young "man" in the crabapple tree was cleaning and preening and likely getting ready "to go to a dance" for some "romance".

In any case I had a chance to admire the plumage of this cock robin. The
American Robin (Turdus migratorius) is a migratory songbird of the thrush family. It is no relation to Christopher Robin. But is related to the Dutch "merel" ((Turdus merula), and the [common] blackbird.

This bird breeds throughout Canada and the United States. While Robins occasionally overwinter in the northern part of the United States and southern Canada, most do winter in the southern parts of the breeding range and beyond, from the southern U.S. to Guatemala. Most robins depart south by the end of August and begin to return north in February and March. (Exact dates vary with latitude and climate, of course.)



Shooting such bird in a thick crabapple-tree is a challenge because there are branches and more branches...
plus for a close-up one has to move carefully enough not to interrupt the bird.
I like this shot because it shows more than just a robin,
it shows a lot of its spectacular feathers and markings which normally are hidden.

This photo was shot with a fairly simple - handheld - camera, without a telephoto lens.

The photo was cropped and captioned to fit well within the TN limits.
I have kept the "soft" version, but am willing to post an alternate in WS.

Altered Image #1

Shoot_Score Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 445 W: 302 N: 670] (2376)
A wee sharpening...
Edited by:Shoot_Score Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 445 W: 302 N: 670] (2376)

PP sharpening...

I didn't like the results; prefer the "as shot" shot.