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.

  • Keith Williams PRO 5y

    Thanks Carmen!
  • TexCalMiPhotog PRO 5y

    What a beautiful image! No robins here--I miss them.
  • Keith Williams PRO 5y

    Thanks Bonnie!
  • swordscookie is back! PRO 5y

    Nice shot Keith, these are quite different to the European robin, quite colourful. European version tend to be cheeky guys who have very little fear of mankind and are always a welcome sight.
  • Andrea Deegan PRO 5y

    Great detail, a very noticeable bird.
  • Keith Williams PRO 5y

    Thanks John and henkel!
  • VLADIMIR NAUMOFF PRO 5y

    Great clear shot! Well done!
  • aokcreation PRO 5y

    There are still some around here - maybe I can get a shot like yours!! Perfect capture - excellent colors and details!!
  • Keith Williams PRO 5y

    Thanks Vladimir and aok!
  • rockwolf PRO 5y

    My word what a stunning bird and a cracking shot of it too! Can certainly see the resemblance to our thrushes and in particular, our blackbirds!
  • soneld PRO 5y

    Never thought of robins as very beautiful but this one looks pretty darn good!
  • Keith Williams PRO 5y

    Thanks kindly Rockwolf and soneld!
  • Per Andrén PRO 5y

    Awesome camera work !
  • Keith Williams PRO 5y

    Thanks Per.
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    This photo appears on the home page of All About Birds, a free online bird resource from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, during the week of April 28 - May 5, 2011. Thank you for Birdsharing, and for helping people learn about birds.
  • Mark Bergeron PRO 4y

    Congrats!
  • Keith Williams PRO 4y

    Thanks Mark and Cornell Labs. What an honour!
  • Björn Gudmundsson PRO 4y

    Nice shot.
  • Keith Williams PRO 4y

    Björn Gudmundsson Thanks Bjorn.
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    This photo appears on the home page of All About Birds, a free online bird resource from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, during the week of Sept 15-22, 2011. Thank you for Birdsharing, and for helping people learn about birds.
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Taken on April 25, 2010
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