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European Robin

Erithacus rubecula


A firm favourite with just about everyone, who could mistake this this little bird once it has developed it's very distinctive and familiar red breast.


Wide spread in woodland, parks and gardens.


The robin in the UK is often very approachable and this particular bird in this set of photographs allows me to approach within just a few inches, will often fly into the house for a brief visit and doesn't seem the least alarmed to have a camera lens pointed at it. This behaviour can be traced back centuries when the Robin would follow wild boar in the woods, as they rummaged the leaf litter, to pick up exposed worms and other sources of food. Over time wild boar became extinct in the UK but the resourceful Robin continued its association with the domestication of pigs and from there learnt to associate the behaviour of humans digging gardens, as an excellent replacement for wild boar!

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williefromwi 8 years ago

Fantastic image of a beautiful bird

YukoChartraw 8 years ago

Beautiful and great details!

AlphaZeroOne 8 years ago

Thanks Arlanda. This particular bird made it very easy for me! :-)

arlanda 8 years ago

Nice pictures!

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Wyre Forest, England, United Kingdom

Spotted on Oct 25, 2012
Submitted on Nov 21, 2012

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