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Robin, not shy

In front of the window I've mounted a board, on a pole supporting the roof over our terrace, for feeding birds. It is in direct line when I look over my computer screen, this is also due south - unfortunately, giving me constant problems with backlit targets, when shooting through the window.
To make it even worse, the roof and the building close east, don't allow for any good light under normal circumstances. Sometimes though, I step outside and just shoot from the other side, but the subject of interest has to be willing of course.
Not until I upgraded my E-520 with an E-30, was I able to get any results like the ones below, under the usual dimm lighting. These photos were done at around 500mm (equiv.) focal lenght, ISO800 and only 1/50s (handheld, bare-sleeved at 0C).

The Robin (Erithacus rubecula) was not shy at all, but we are long time friends then




He/she moved a bit here and blurred the wing feathers and the back line - can't get everthing I suppose?!

Pics are cropped about 30%, E-30 + ZD70-300

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Re: Robin, not shy

Nice close-ups of your friendly robin

In our garden we have a pair of robins - presumably one male and one female (my understanding is that they are very territorial) which follow each other around closely.

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Re: Robin, not shy

Super shots Number one has a nice eye contact.
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Re: Robin, not shy

So Falk, you've done your upgrade to an E-30 and these are just superb.
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Very nice and bright
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Re: Robin, not shy

Great shots, especially the first.

Thanks for sharing.
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Excellent shots, sharp and crisp.

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Re: Robin, not shy

Thanks all, for the kind comments

Your have quallified for yet an other one of my Robin friend, which I've made today

This time in our old apple tree, looking down at me. The background is no sky, it's the roof with solar panels on it.

Mark, yes, I did receive the E-30 few days ago and am 600 frames into my testing now. I am very pleased with IQ so far and it seems the IS is working better then on the/my E-520 too. The AF is certainly a big improvement. I use the magnifyer lens for the VF too and - finally - am able to use manual focus with good effect! BUT, some of the buttons and switches - especially below the screen - are a real pain!
I always keep the mount from my Manfrotto ballhead (ontop my 695CX monopod) on the camera body and this thing protrudes a bit beyond the trailing edge, so I have to fumble (if this is a word?) my fingertips into the gap to press the Menu button etc.
An other drawback for me is the terrible loud shutter sound! I often hide for - or stalk close to game, birds, something with sound reception in general. But if I fire the E-30 in burst mode, everything will be gone in no time ...

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Thanks all, for the kind comments

Your have quallified for yet an other one of my Robin friend, which I've made today

This time in our old apple tree, looking down at me. The background is no sky, it's the roof with solar panels on it.

Mark, yes, I did receive the E-30 few days ago and am 600 frames into my testing now. I am very pleased with IQ so far and it seems the IS is working better then on the/my E-520 too. The AF is certainly a big improvement. I use the magnifyer lens for the VF too and - finally - am able to use manual focus with good effect! BUT, some of the buttons and switches - especially below the screen - are a real pain!
I always keep the mount from my Manfrotto ballhead (ontop my 695CX monopod) on the camera body and this thing protrudes a bit beyond the trailing edge, so I have to fumble (if this is a word?) my fingertips into the gap to press the Menu button etc.
An other drawback for me is the terrible loud shutter sound! I often hide for - or stalk close to game, birds, something with sound reception in general. But if I fire the E-30 in burst mode, everything will be gone in no time ...

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A really great set of your friend,

I have always had focus and IQ trouble with the 70-300 on both the E3 and sometimes the E5. Your shots are absolutely great esp #2.

Ian is quite right about Robins being territorial but in the winter months, I have several at my bird feeding table and they seem to get on well. Contrast this in the early spring though when I have seen two fighting very violently. So much so that I thought one would kill the other. I suppose that instinct kicks in when nesting sites are beind established.
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Re: Robin, not shy

A lovely set of pictures of your Robin.

Ours seem to have paired up for the coming season, although they rarely come close enough to the house for me to manage to get a picture of them both together.
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Re: Robin, not shy

Thank you Ellie!
Well, I already got the impression from other threats, that you are weeks ahead into spring, there - over the channel!? Flowers, Starlings etc. We are again down to temps in the -10C to -5C range over here. Thus, no signs of mating behavior yet ...
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Well, I already got the impression from other threats, that you are weeks ahead into spring, there - over the channel!? Flowers, Starlings etc. We are again down to temps in the -10C to -5C range over here. Thus, no signs of mating behavior yet ...
No, not a lot of 'Spring' about here although some early crocus are braving the elements and there are a few daffodil shoots too.

We have noticed that the local Robins seem to pair up in January though, and then seem to work as a team trying to keep all the other birds off the bird feeders!
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Re: Robin, not shy

What a lovely pair of pictures
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Re: Robin, not shy

Lovely cute little fellas, theres a few on my local patch that me and the wife handfeed when we go, its a real nice treat to have a bond with an animal which trusts you. Enjoy your freindship!
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