05.12.24: Robin with berries

An American Robin holds a berry while perched in Sharon Woods Metro Park, Westerville, Ohio.

An American Robin holds a berry while perched in Sharon Woods Metro Park, Westerville, Ohio.

An attractive image of a very common bird

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. 

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 Central Ohio 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 Sharon Woods Metro 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, two bird species that are rather reclusive and are extremely difficult to photograph without leaves and branches cluttering the shot, so I focused my camera on the area in hopes one of those birds would pop out of the bush and stay long enough for a photograph.

It turned out to be a robin. Bummer.

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.

I like how the robin displayed the berry for a moment before swallowing it. 

Tech specs

  • Date/time: Oct 22, 2006 12:04 PM   
  • Camera: Canon EOS 20D
  • Lens: 600.0 mm 
  • Focal length: 840mm
  • Aperture: f/5.6
  • Shutter: 1/500 second
  • ISO: 1600

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