David Element

Wildlife Photography and Digital Video Images

___________________________________________________________ Birds 114 – European Robins

 

 

 

 

                                               

 

 

 

                                                                        EUROPEAN ROBIN Erithacus rubecula

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                        EUROPEAN ROBIN Erithacus rubecula

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                        EUROPEAN ROBIN Erithacus rubecula

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                        EUROPEAN ROBIN Erithacus rubecula

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                        EUROPEAN ROBIN Erithacus rubecula

 

 

 

                                                   

 

 

 

                                                                        EUROPEAN ROBIN Erithacus rubecula

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                        EUROPEAN ROBIN Erithacus rubecula

 

 

 

 

 

 

               

                                                                        EUROPEAN ROBIN Erithacus rubecula

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                        EUROPEAN ROBIN Erithacus rubecula

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                        EUROPEAN ROBIN Erithacus rubecula

 

 

 

                                                    

 

 

 

                                                                        EUROPEAN ROBIN Erithacus rubecula

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                        EUROPEAN ROBIN Erithacus rubecula

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                        EUROPEAN ROBIN Erithacus rubecula

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                        EUROPEAN ROBIN Erithacus rubecula

 

 

 

·         With the exception of the first photograph (taken using a 400mm lens with a Nikon D7200 camera body with an internal 1.3x in-built magnifier and extension rings) this sequence of photographs is of the same male European Robin Erithacus rubecula. Every once in a while an individual bird may become extremely confiding and in this case no bait was required other than the disturbance of a pile of wood-chippings in order to obtain his loyalty. The photographer simply needed to put in an appearance in the Robin’s territory (in a local park) in order to be able to obtain ridiculously close photographs and film of this extremely obliging little bird – this relationship was to continue for 19 months. None of these photographs have been cropped. The close-ups were taken using natural light (apart from the penultimate image for which the in-built camera flash was used) with a 105mm macro lens, again with a Nikon D7200 camera body with an internal 1.3x in-built magnifier (although this was not required for some of the images).  Food was offered retrospectively in the form of broken Pine nuts and the Robin readily fed from the photographer’s hand.  One film sequence ended abruptly when the bird hopped up into the one place where it could not be filmed – on the video camera’s preview screen, where it sat for about 30 seconds!

 

·         A series of David’s short films of European Robin behaviour may be found on his DavidPElement YouTube channel, no fewer than twenty four of them featuring this individual: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL4AirIEc0NoflJygVoI-p7XmD6Pjv2BS_ .

 

·         David has published high quality photographic books entitled ‘European Robins’ and ‘European Robins 2’ in which some of the above and many other photographs of this species have been included.  See: https://www.bobbooks.co.uk/bookshop/photobook/european-robins and: https://www.bobbooks.co.uk/bookshop/photobook/european-robins-2 for details.

 

 

 

 

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