06.26.16: Robin and berries

An American Robin perches among berries in Sharon Woods Metro Park, Westerville, Ohio. 


Technical information

Oct. 22, 2006,
12:04 p.m.

40°6’50” N,
82°57'30" W
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Canon EOS 20D

Canon EF 600mm f/4L, Canon 1.4x teleconverter (840mm)


1/500th second


I seldom photograph American Robins because they are too easy to photograph. That statement may sound like a contradiction, but it’s fact. 

Robins are very common most of the year in my area so finding one isn’t difficult. They also aren’t as skittish as many other birds so they don’t fly off when I approach with my camera. It isn’t a challenge to get a photo of a robin, so I often ignore them. If I didn’t, I’d have thousands of robin photos.

But I will photograph a Robin in an attractive setting. That’s why I got this shot.

I was on a photo hike in a park north of Columbus, Ohio, on a fall day when I heard something rustling inside a bush filled with berries. I had seen some Eastern Towhees and Brown Thrashers in the area so I focused my camera on the area in hopes one of those birds would pop out of the bush.

It turned out to be a robin, but the setting was so nice — red berries, green leaves and defocused background — that it would have made a nice shot no matter what bird species was in the bush. So I grabbed the photo.

Each week I will post a photo from my collection with an explanation of how I got the shot. Previous photos of the week are in the archives.