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LUsherLamacraft January 09, 2016
You should enter my "Robins & Blue Jays" photo challenge. :-)
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DeeElliott February 08, 2016
I have never seen this kind of Robin. Do you know more about what kind it is ? Very pretty little bird. I am only Familiar with the American Robin. Thanks for any extra info you might have.
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laurenkaymyers February 15, 2016
Love this! Wonderful capture.
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The-Art-of-Darkness March 04, 2016
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Nitka July 28, 2016
Beautiful...:-))
 
wildwoodie56 August 04, 2016
Wonderful capture
 
Foxyphotos November 06, 2016
Thanks so much for everyone who voted for my photo in the challenge :)
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oksananachataia June 19, 2017
Fantasic!

Winter song



This little robin is very friendly and almost likes to pose!
This little robin is very friendly and almost likes to pose!
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Behind The Lens

Location
This was taken in the woods just around the corner from my house, a place I go to regularly for a walk and some peace and quiet. This little robin got to know me and was happy to pose quite close by
Time
I recall it was middle of the day, in the winter
Lighting
Wintry light made duller still by the bushes around us
Equipment
Nikon D5100 with Nikkor 55-300mm telephoto lens handheld no flash
Inspiration
I just love robins! And this little fellow was so friendly he was irresistible! I have lots of photos of him but this is my favourite
Editing
Cropped to enhance composition, slight contrast adjustment, a little HDR effect using Picasa
In my camera bag
I usually carry my Nikon D5100 with telephoto lens and always a spare battery & SD card. In case of rain I have waterproof bag and a small towel. I tend not to carry a tripod or monopod that often, but I sometimes take my Nikon J2 with 10-30mm lens for more wide angle shots and Olympus TG-1 when it is wet weather as it is waterproof. I have ND filters, macro gear and a flash gun but they only go in the bag if I know I am shooting specific subjects whereas in general I'm an opportunist and tend to shoot a variety of subjects. I recently bought a Nikon Coolpix P900 which is very versatile and I use that quite a lot these days although the D5100 remains my favourite
Feedback
Small birds can be tricky because they tend to be wary of people although robins are famous for being friendly especially in winter. Some people tempt them with mealworms but in general, the main thing is to be aware of where you may see them, their habits and get to know their birdsong so you'll be able to hear them before you see them. Then try to be inconspicuous (camouflage clothing is good) and move quietly and slowly. A telephoto lens is helpful to be able to shoot from a distance, many people use a tripod to stabilise the shot. I use aperture setting about f5.6 to isolate the subject but sometimes you need to bump up the ISO to keep a reasonable shutter speed especially for birds in flight. Finally, be patient, with yourself as much as the bird and keep returning till you get the shot you want!

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