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Robin threat display

               21.02.10  Canon 50D , 500mm f4  -   1/250 - f5.6 - ISO 200                               

The robin, is probably the most popular garden bird not only for its looks but for the fact that every garden seems to have one. In putting on a threat display this particular one is making the most of his red breast to ward of an intruder.




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Robin in flight

               1.05 10  Canon 50D , 100/400 mm f4/f5.6  -   1/1000 - f6.3 +2/3 Exp. Comp. - ISO 1250                               

Robin in flight. - This mealworm is going to make one of the youngsters in the neat very happy.



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Robin in full song

               19.01.10  Canon 50D , 500 mm f4  -   1/500  -  f4 . - ISO 800                               

Robin singing his heart out in during the very cold spell in January 2010. All robins both male and female take up individual territories in the autumn which they will defend from intruders by chasing them off and singing from high vantage points around their territory. This song is most noticeable at the beginning of autumn but they will keep singing right through the winter, although it is a pleasure to hear it is really a threat song "Keep out of my territory or else".




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Robin on hand

               24.05.08  Canon 350D , 100/400 mm f4/f5.6  -   1/200  -  f7.1 . - ISO 400                               

A trusting robin - I like to use the word trusting rather than tame when referring to my robins. It is quite easy to gain the confidence of a robin so that it will feed from your hand, this can be done at any time of the year but spring, when they are feeding their young, is the best as they become much boulder when searching for live food to meet the needs of up to five very hungry youngsters. 




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Robin courtship feeding

               13.04.10  Canon 50D , 500 mm f4  -   1/800  -  f6.3 . - ISO 400                               

Robin courtship feeding in which the female impersonates the young fledgling buy begging, fluttering her wings and making the call of a hungry youngster stimulates the male to feed her.and helps to overcome the natural instinct of sending off any other robin in its territory. This feeding helps the female during the nesting period and also gets the male in training for for helping out when the young hatch.



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Juvenile Robin

               03.07.08  Canon 350D , 100/400 mm f4/f5.6  -   1/80  -  f5.6 . - ISO 400                               

Juvenile Robin starting to loose its spots and showing the beginnings of  its orange-red breast.




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Curious Robin

              30.05.08  Canon 350D , 100/400 mm f4/f5.6  -   1/125  -  f5.6 . - ISO 400                               

Curious Robin - There was one robin that will always have special memories for me. Five years ago I was working in the garden and was being followed around by a robin, nothing unusual in that, but this one was a bit agitated and was not picking up anything, not even meal worms when I gave them to him. I then noticed that he, I said he because I confirmed later that it was a male,   could not close its beak, the best he could do was a 5mm gap. He had possibly flown into a window or been in a fight. I hastily made up a feeding device, a flat hedgehog as I called it, a thin piece of wood with veneer pins sticking through by about 15mm and spaced about 20mm apart. Onto these pins I speared meal worms and small round pellets of mixed food. It did not take long before the robin was investigating and trying to pick up the food. He soon became very adapt at placing his beak over the pins and taking the food and meal worms, this continued for about three months by when the gap in his beak closed to about 2mm. and he was able to pick up food from the ground without my assistance.   The following year he paired up and successfully bread for the next four seasons.   One early morning last year when I went out through the back door there was no robin sitting on the gate into the back garden waiting for his meal worms. After about only half an hour I had the feeling that something was wrong, unfortunately I was right as he never turned up again. He left quite a gap in my enjoyment of the birds and garden for some time, at least he had five good years with me.




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Robin on blossom

              27.03.09  Canon 350D , 100/400 mm f4/f5.6  -   1/100  -  f8  - ISO 400                               

Robin on blackthorne or sloe blossom




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Robin in flight

              30.05.09  Canon 50D , 100/400 mm f4/f5.6  -   1/2000  -  f9 + 2/3 Exp. Comp.  - ISO 800                               

Robin in flight




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Robin portrait

              31.10.08  Canon 350D , 100/400 mm f4/f5.6  -   1/400  -   f8.  - ISO 400                               

Robin after its Autunm moult.




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Robib keeping a lookout

              14.04.08  Canon 350D , 100/400 mm f4/f5.6  -   1/200  -   f7.1.  - ISO 400                               

Robin keeping a sharp lookout for birds of prey.




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              11.04.08  Canon 350D , 100/400 mm f4/f5.6  -   1/160  -   f7.1 + 1 Exp. Comp..  - ISO 200     Return to Shropshire Bird Gallery