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New Zealand Robin

New Zealand Robin
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Copyright: Chris Chafer (sandpiper2) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1906 W: 107 N: 4875] (16757)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-04-25
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Powershot S3 IS, Digital ISO 200
Exposure: f/4, 1/60 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Bayram's Favorites-1, My Trips to New Zealand [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-05-14 5:04
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The New Zealand Robin (Petroica australis) is a small passerine about 18 cm in length that inhabits the dark rainforests of New Zealand. It is called Toutouwai by the native Maori. They are patchily distributed through the South Island and even less numerous on the North Island. They are apparently most numerous on forest edges, but I also found them in several locations deep in the forest where hardly any other animals live.
They are remarkably tame; at Mt. Hercules, I was alone deep in the forest and a male flew down to forage on some invertebrate that I had disturbed in the litter. It was not concerned by my presence at all. The species feeds on small invertebrates including worms and occasionally fallen fruits.
This one was captured in a small clearing in northofagus forest near Reefton

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Hi Chris,

Excellent capture of this local Robin. Nice pose and composition, sharp details and good BG.



Hi Chris,
Nice shot, good use of flash to bring out some fine detail. The darker conditions of its habitat make the flash a must do thing in this case..
Well composed - Well done.

Hello Chris,

great capture from this Robin, I have these specie never been seen before.
Good pov and beautiful colours.


Hi Chris, my dear friend,
What a lovely Robin with different colour. I loved this one. Splendid shot with superb clarity, POV and framing. Great compositon. TFS and Cheer,


Well captured Chris, being armed with bait shows some per-planning. Great result from the S3. how do you find it as compact type camera?

Hi Chris
Great shot, I like the BG
Well done

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-05-15 8:23]

Hi Chris,
Wonderful shot of this cute looking Robin endemic to NZ, as you say. Very impressive sharpness and colours on its plumage. Very skillful work as it stands out perfectly from the darkish surrounding and you have used the flash lighting so well here. Nice pose captured with a precise DOF and well chosen low POV. Very nicely composed. Kudos.

Well caught Chris.
You definitely needed the flash there.
It was pretty dark in that Beech forest with sooty mold all over the trees.

Hello Chris,

A Very nice composition of this little robin. The darker conditions of its habitat make the difference between this Robin or a Robin lives in a normal habitat (city) It's fine to see such a little creature. I'll have never seen such a robin like this. Thanks for that. The photo is beautiful. razorsharp with a lot of fine details. It's nice to see that leave on the rightside of the Robin. You can then good estimate the size of this little bird. Have a nice weekend and TFS BOB

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-05-17 8:43]

Hello Chris, it's a very good bird shot with great sharpness and a very good pose of the bird. The exposure is very well done and the composition is well balanced, thanks my friend!


Hello Chris,
The NZ Robin looks very much similar to our Oriental Magpie Robin. The only difference is that instead of Grey ours have black colour. The food and habitats also share similarities.
It is a fine capture with excellent POV, sharpness and details. Good use of flash Nice composition too.
Thanks for the share,

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