David Element

Wildlife Photography and Digital Video Images

___________________________________________________________ Birds 117 – European Robins

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                      EUROPEAN ROBIN Erithacus rubecula

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                      EUROPEAN ROBIN Erithacus rubecula

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                      EUROPEAN ROBIN Erithacus rubecula

 

 

 

·         Every once in a while an individual European Robin Erithacus rubecula 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 this male 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 from a range of as close as 3 inches (5cm) from the lenses. This relationship continued from the beginning of February 2016 until mid-September 2017 with a hiatus of just over 4 months between August 2016 and late December of the same year and it is seen by the photographer as having been a-once-in-a-lifetime situation.  Robins usually have short and highly active lives and it is presumed that he was either usurped from his territory or that he had died or been killed (relatively few wild animals will ever live to their full natural life-expectancy). When he returned he let the photographer know about his presence by unexpectedly landing on firstly his hat and then his shoulder, so he was able to identify him after all this time. These close-ups were taken using natural light with a 105mm macro lens with a Nikon D7200 camera body with an internal 1.3x in-built digital magnifier and none of the photographs have been cropped.  The Robin readily fed on broken pine nuts from the photographer’s hand as indeed did one of his chicks but his mate was never tempted and she kept her distance. If he spotted invertebrate food he would always collect it first, often returning to the photographer’s hand to cram in a nut-fragment so that he could return to his nest with as much food as possible.  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! 

 

·         Several of David’s short films of European Robin behaviour may be found on his DavidPElement YouTube channel at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFfP_L5WKGGl4iVcf-srBdg?view_as=public.

 

·         David has published high quality photographic books entitled European Robinsand 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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