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April 10th, 2009
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North Island Robin


North Island Robins are so kyoooote, and they have whiskers! I was actually hoping to photograph kaka,but I only saw one way in the distance. Uncooperative wildlife is uncooperative.
In other news, I now have a membership at the Karori sanctuary where this wee beastie lives, which should encourage me go for a few more longish walks. I'm feeling unfit.

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From:madshutterbug
Date:April 10th, 2009 10:50 am (UTC)
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Longish walks are good. Robins! ::sighs:: This seems to be the week for nostalgia-inspiring photos. Mother also loved Robin Red-breast. The two things together (Robing Red-breast and Hot Cross Buns)? Always meant Spring to her.

Gorgeous photograph.
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From:dianavilliers
Date:April 10th, 2009 08:18 pm (UTC)
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It's always good to hear where my posts take people. I hope the nostalgia is mostly happy for you.
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From:yo_sarrian
Date:April 10th, 2009 03:48 pm (UTC)
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This is awesome. And I love the punk-rock robin with all the wristbands :)

Although this doesn't strike me as being a "robin" cause I don't see any red on him., but it's nicely sharp on the bird and nicely soft on the background... great job!

Shame about that little leaf/branch in the foreground. Wildlife is such a pain in the butt :)
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From:dianavilliers
Date:April 10th, 2009 07:59 pm (UTC)
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New Zealand robins, North American robins and European robins are all different species - no red on the NZ varieties, but they do fit into the same ecological niche. They mooch around in the shade in the undergrowth, hence the wide open aperture so the softness is a pragmatic rather than an artistic decision, although it works to de-emphasize the leaf.
I did end up with an awful lot of small grey bird shaped blurs.
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From:yo_sarrian
Date:April 10th, 2009 09:18 pm (UTC)
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Huh... I had no idea that the NZ robin didn't have any red. The NA robin (who sort of looks like a very small crow with a bright bright red breast) looks DRASTICALLY different than the English robins (which are very anime looking... round, brown back, pinkish red breast). Your NZ robins look a lot like the English robins, but without the red, but nothing like the NA robins (at least what I've been told are robins here.

I don't know anything about birds except that most of them fly :)
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From:dianavilliers
Date:April 10th, 2009 09:54 pm (UTC)
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I imagine what happened was when my ancestors and yours jumped off their respective boats in a new and wild land, they didn't have a whole lot of time in between avoiding starvation and building international relations to think up new names for the wildlife. So they often just picked the closest match from the old country and used that.
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From:sarahdotcom
Date:April 10th, 2009 03:59 pm (UTC)
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And THAT is why you have a zoom lens!
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From:dianavilliers
Date:April 10th, 2009 08:01 pm (UTC)
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For the kaka? I saw it for about a minute, and I could either watch it or change lenses. I elected to not change lenses.
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From:sarahdotcom
Date:April 10th, 2009 08:02 pm (UTC)
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wow, so you shot that with your other lens? must have been really close!
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From:dianavilliers
Date:April 10th, 2009 08:23 pm (UTC)
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I did eventually change lenses - this one is with the zoom. 130mm, f/4.5, 1/40 second. No tripod. Looking at that, I'm surprised it's come out at all.
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