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Spring was in the Air...

Spring was in the Air...
Photo Information
Copyright: Jay Meeuwig (Shoot_Score) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 445 W: 302 N: 670] (2376)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-04-21
Categories: Birds, Trees
Camera: Fuji FinePix 3800
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2007-01-22 1:20
Viewed: 3918
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
"Spring was in the Air" [ in the Urban Jungle, ] because I shot this in 2004...

But given the miserable weather we are having now - here in Nova Scotia - in the deep of winter, my longing goes back to Springtime; any Springtime. Springtime - it is said - is when a youngman's fancy turns to love. Well this young "man" in the crabapple tree was cleaning and preening and likely getting ready "to go to a dance" for some "romance".

In any case I had a chance to admire the plumage of this cock robin. The
American Robin (Turdus migratorius) is a migratory songbird of the thrush family. It is no relation to Christopher Robin. But is related to the Dutch "merel" ((Turdus merula), and the [common] blackbird.

This bird breeds throughout Canada and the United States. While Robins occasionally overwinter in the northern part of the United States and southern Canada, most do winter in the southern parts of the breeding range and beyond, from the southern U.S. to Guatemala. Most robins depart south by the end of August and begin to return north in February and March. (Exact dates vary with latitude and climate, of course.)

Shooting such bird in a thick crabapple-tree is a challenge because there are branches and more branches...
plus for a close-up one has to move carefully enough not to interrupt the bird.
I like this shot because it shows more than just a robin,
it shows a lot of its spectacular feathers and markings which normally are hidden.

This photo was shot with a fairly simple - handheld - camera, without a telephoto lens.

The photo was cropped and captioned to fit well within the TN limits.
I have kept the "soft" version, but am willing to post an alternate in WS.

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very nice shot this bird;-)

Hi Jay,
it's a nice picture though all branches and the busy surrounding, thats a natural sight and show us how the bird use to be. Nice colours and good POV, maybe a wee bit soft but thats a minor nit.
Well done.

I'm longing for the spring too, we have had a green winter up to now but for the last days it has been snowing at it aslo has been colder, -8C right now.

Hi Jay ,
great details and well composed.
nice colors.
thanks for sharing my good friend.
best wishes

Hello Jay

Nice capture, excllent composed and capture photo exllent details very well done

TFS Kyle

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-01-22 11:19]

Hi Jay.
I like your shot, its natural scenery and impressive POV. You have controlled difficult lighting very well. Reproduction of the bird and branches nicely. Well done and my best wishes.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-01-22 19:36]
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Hi Jay,
First Calgary is 12 on Wednesday. Secondly this robin you caught in it's' environment. It's a little soft on focus but the composition is good.

Very nice shot and I like the "tangle" of boughs against which the robin seems to blend into quite nicely.
You've done a nice job of keeping many of the branches in focus; sometimes that is hard to do....
I think you've a great point of view as well as a wonderful composition on this one!!
Spring is within reach!!

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