Readers’ wildlife photos: a European robin, up close and personal

Birds are making a strong comeback at the readers’ wildlife photo desk. A reader from Devon sent me this close-up photo of a European robin (Erithacus rubecula) with some info:

There were comments earlier today about the apparent tameness of the European Robin. As can be seen this one got so close you can see my friend’s house reflected in its eye!

I took the photo about a year ago (Dec 12) in a friend’s garden. The bird was within 6 feet but I did use a telephoto lens.

The house reflected in the eye is actually the same one featured here (and diligent readers will remember that cool post).


Don’t you just want to kiss that little beak?


  1. gbjames
    Posted February 4, 2014 at 5:36 am | Permalink

    Incredible feathers! Thanks, reader from Devon!

  2. darrelle
    Posted February 4, 2014 at 7:38 am | Permalink

    Devon, that is a fabulous pic.

  3. JBlilie
    Posted February 4, 2014 at 8:20 am | Permalink

    Excellent shot. Yes, those feathers!

  4. Posted February 4, 2014 at 9:11 am | Permalink

    Not just the house is visible in the eye; the photographer is, too.

    “Ditto” on the accolades!


  5. Alex Shuffell
    Posted February 4, 2014 at 11:48 am | Permalink

    A reader from Devon! I knew I could not be the only one. I’ve never seen a Robin that close before. This photo made them a whole lot sweeter.

  6. Posted February 4, 2014 at 6:40 pm | Permalink

    This is a superb photo. Thanks.

  7. Diane G.
    Posted February 4, 2014 at 11:18 pm | Permalink

    Wonderful photo!

    It’s a good thing it wasn’t Annie reflected in that robin’s eye. 😉

  8. davgar
    Posted February 6, 2014 at 4:56 pm | Permalink

    Great shot.
    Also interesting is that it is the British subspecies that is so confiding and tame. I hardly see any now I live on the continent. They stay up in the woods.
    The UK birds have a habit of attending while you dig your garden, hopping over and taking worms, etc. Apparently in the wild they often follow wild boar.

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