These fantastic birds are a joy to have in the garden and sing a sweet tune.
The European Robin (Erithacus rubecula), most commonly known in Anglophone Europe simply as the Robin, is a small insectivorous passerine bird that was formerly classed as a member of the thrush family (Turdidae), but is now considered to be a chat. Around 12.5–14.0 cm (5.0–5.5 in) in length, the male and female are similar in colouration, with an orange breast and face lined with grey, brown upperparts and a whitish belly. It is found across Europe, east to Western Siberia and south to North Africa; it is sedentary in most of its range except the far north.
The term Robin is also applied to some birds in other families with red or orange breasts. These include the American Robin (Turdus migratorius), which is a thrush, and the Australian red robins of the genus Petroica, members of a family whose relationships are unclear.
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Kamilutka (5803) 2014-01-02 9:33
exceptionally beautiful photo. The framing is just ideal and the whole composition is lovely organized. The little robin looks specially pretty on this fence - colorwise they seem to be in perfect harmony.
Great DOF and sharpness.
COSTANTINO (46560) 2014-01-02 11:27
Hello little bird
amazing sensitive and delicate shot with the
little colorful bird the framing is
I like this peaceful atmosphere
full of harmony
emka (67401) 2014-01-02 23:54
I am so glad to see here again, I hope that now for longer. How cute is the little guy. Very nice photo.
Warm regrads Malgo
tyro (16792) 2014-01-03 13:25
A Happy New Year to you and yours!
This is a beautiful picture and you have written a very interesting and informative note about these lovely birds.
I am surprised that this photograph has not had more positive attention and I can only assume that that is because of the "noise" which we can see, particularly when it is viewed at its full size of 2208 pixels wide. I was trying to do a workshop in an attempt to reduce the noise a little but, unfortunately (and no doubt due to total lack of any Photoshop skills), I only made matters a lot worse!
Otherwise, you have captured this little fellow (or girl - apparently even robins themselves find it difficult to decide who is male and who is female!) perfectly in a lovely pose atop a gate. The light and colours are delightful and the exposure and sharpness are perfect. Just a pity about the noise - have you any idea why that should be as your ISO was only 1600 and a Canon 7D should be able to cope with that very well indeed?