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American Robin, Breeding Plumage

I know it's just a robin, but I miss these beautiful birds, not having seen one for about 6 weeks or more. This photo was taken in April, the snow and ice of a frozen pond in the background, and on another one of those hazy, high-cloud days, perfect for colour and exposure. Their spring-time breeding plumage is noticeably brighter. The male has a blacker head and brighter plumage yet than the female, so this is probably a male. It must have been a tough go for him because there's not much to eat in these parts in April. They were working the frozen mud on the edge of the pond and I later saw one pull out what looked like a large leach.


These guys are amazingly adaptive to their environment and incredibly resilient. I saw them near the Arctic Circle in mid-September when I was up on the Dempster Highway.

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Taken on April 25, 2010