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Birds - Robin Page 12

Image Taken on 24 May 2011 at 16:37    Image of day on 26 Jun 2011

Mum or dad Robin flying in to the site's rock which we used to replace the log which the rooks threw aside with great ease.

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Image Taken on 15 Dec 2017 at 19:20    Image of day on 22 Jan 2018

Another landing on the tree-stump, this time by a Robin.
Not as spectacular as a Rook, but more colourful.

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Image Taken on 27 Mar 2014 at 17:55    Image of day on 07 May 2014

This perky Robin doesn't hide from the rain.

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Image Taken on 22 Jun 2013 at 17:16    Image of day on 03 Aug 2013

The robins 'owning' the area around this site have photographed themselves several times with these tiny caterpillars in their beaks. We don't provide Robin nestboxes - they prefer the extensive hedging.

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Image Taken on 05 Nov 2017 at 14:34    Image of day on 16 Dec 2017

This Robin took a photo landing at this spot in similar 'diving down' positions more than 10 times in a week. We think it must have a favourite perch quite close and makes a similar approach each time.

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Image Taken on 06 Dec 2006 at 07:16    Image of day on 15 Dec 2006

This robin was caught in the act of take-off.

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Image Taken on 15 Nov 2006 at 06:47    Image of day on 19 Nov 2006

This robin is just launching itself from the log nicely in the focal plane for once.

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Image of day on 11 Aug 2005

This robin took it's picture fleeing from the approach of the monster coming to swop memory cards in the camera and chuck down some corn. During the day robins are now fairly trusting but in the half-light they quite rightly play safe.

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Image Taken on 27 Jun 2006 at 05:11    Image of day on 02 Jul 2006

The robin family still seem to be doing OK. Here is one of the immature birds in flight just past midnight. Birds are not supposed to fly in the dark, but this was taken only 2 days after the longest day, so twilight never really ends.

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Image Taken on 20 Jul 2007 at 05:22    Image of day on 09 Aug 2007

The insect top right must be in front of the young robin or it would be out of focus (like MOST are) so the bird is jumping to catch it.

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Image Taken on 27 Jul 2006 at 08:47    Image of day on 09 Aug 2006

The young robins are developing well. Robins and similar birds have nearly all-round vision so their vision 'sweet spot' is not ahead but to one side. Hence the quirky head angle to examine and maybe also listen to the ground.

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Image Taken on 10 Aug 2008 at 06:21    Image of day on 23 Aug 2008

Most landings are perfect elegance (we could show you dozens a night) but they don't all go as planned.

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Image Taken on 07 Nov 2017 at 16:49    Image of day on 16 Dec 2017

At the end of the day this Robin is out in the gloom and rain launching this attack on something above. Knowing Robins sweet disposition (NOT) it was probably another Robin daring to fly over!

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Image Taken on 30 Jul 2011 at 20:55    Image of day on 19 Sep 2011

A moulting juvenile Robin impatiently waiting for the rest of it's new breast feathers to come out red.

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Image Taken on 05 May 2009 at 07:59    Image of day on 29 May 2009

Last decent pic of the robin family of 4 before fledging. Ahhhh.

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Image Taken on 23 Apr 2009 at 10:29    Image of day on 21 May 2009

A pair of robins build a nest on top of a rack in a dilapidated tool shed (windows & door long gone) & they now have at least 4 chicks in it. The parents usually come out and wait expectantly for a tit-bit from us, so we can go in and get a picture. We can't see what we are photographing even on the camera's LCD because it is so dark, but switching the camera to automatic & flash and pointing it through the gap in the fertiliser bags usually gets something. Only once a day though - don't want to stress them.

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Image Taken on 21 Jan 2017 at 12:11    Image of day on 02 Mar 2017

A Robin perched on the nearly disintegrated strip of bark.

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Image Taken on 04 Apr 2010 at 16:35    Image of day on 07 May 2010

And 100m away an undoubtedly different bird posed in the sunshine for a portrait.

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Image Taken on 07 Jan 2016 at 16:40    Image of day on 12 Feb 2016

Robin. Mud. What more to say!

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Image Taken on 16 Jan 2016 at 12:31    Image of day on 19 Feb 2016

As we walk about the Robins in each territory make their approach in the hope of some food from the bottom of Marie's bottomless corn pocket. This one is perched on a 'weldmesh' ring which does service as an incinerator.

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