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Photography for Bird Lovers: Robins

I started getting into bird photography in the beginning of 2018 and wanted to share the photos that I took in the Kingston, Ontario area.

Robins in the Spotlight

I've been photographing birds since January 2018, and one of the most common birds I see is robins. They belong to the thrush family of birds and are recognized by their grey backs and bold orange breasts and bellies. In the city, robins can be found on fields, city parks, and lawns. In the wild, you can spot them in woodlands, forests, and mountains. They like to eat insects, earthworms, and fruits.

They are birds commonly seen in southeastern Ontario and were seen wintering in this area, specifically Kingston, Ontario. Over the winter and spring months, I took photos that captured them perched on branches and walking on the ground. I hope you enjoy this photo essay that focuses on these beautiful songbirds.

Side profile of a robin

Side profile of a robin

The Profile Shot

Here is a robin watching me as I take its photograph. I like how it looks rather curious as though it is asking, "What is that man doing over there?" Because it was staring at the camera, it almost looks like it is a posed photo—It doesn't look as candid.

I often see them walking on the ground. Perhaps this one was looking for fallen fruit or berries.

Perched on a branch

Perched on a branch


In this photo, I captured a robin perched on a branch. I like the colours in this photo— the blue sky in the background and the bright orange breast of the bird.

I also like the directionality of this photo. You can see there is a diagonal "line" going from bottom right to top left. Nearly all the branches in the photo are seen in this direction. We also see the robin's beak and gaze in this diagonal direction. It creates a great sense of movement in this photo.

Backside of a robin

Backside of a robin

The Backside

This photo shows the grey backside of a robin quite well. I love the detail in this photo, as you can even make out the tiny texture of its feathers. Additionally, you can see the clarity in its head.

It's also quite apparent that the robin is watching me very closely. I think it was wary of me and the threats I pose to it.

Going the other way!

Going the other way!

Going the Other Way

This robin was captured perched on a thicker branch of a tree. I like the brightness in this photo from the bright blue sky to the bright light cast on the tree.

This photo also has directionality in it too—Here we are going from the bottom left to the top right. The branches and bird's body position face that direction as well.

Front view

Front view

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Front View

What is special about this photo is the front view of the robin. Here we can clearly see the orange plumage and its vibrant yellow beak. It stands out from the dead brown grass in the background.

I've seemed to capture it as it quietly looks ahead. Perhaps it's thinking about where it should head next!




This robin is perched on a branch. I love this photo because it has a lively mood to it. Perhaps the cheerful mood is created by the brightness of the photo. You can see the soft lighting hit the bird and the branches. The sky in the background is also quite luminous. The robin almost looks like it has a glow to it due to the light angle.


Robins belong to a group of birds called thrushes. Thrushes are songbirds in the Turdidae family and are known for their loud singing. Robins are the largest North American thrushes and are common birds on this continent.

Robins have grey backs with showy orange undersides and dark heads. They have a white patch on their lower bellies and under their tails. Compared with males, female robins have paler heads and are generally not as vibrant in colour.

They can be found on lawns, fields, and city parks in addition to more wild locations like forests, woodlands, mountains, recently burned forests, and tundra. In the wintertime, these birds can be found among moist woods where there are berry-producing trees and scrubs.

Robins eat fruits as well as invertebrates. In the spring and summer, they feed on insects, earthworms, and some snails. They eat a variety of fruits such as hawthorn, chokecherries, dogwood, and sumac fruits, as well as juniper berries.

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Simon Lam (author) on May 19, 2018:

Hi Larry!

Thank you for your positive comments! They definitely are harbingers of spring. Some of these songbirds winter here as well.

Take care!

Larry W Fish from Raleigh on May 18, 2018:

An enjoyable read and great photos, Simon. Robins are one of the first signs of spring and so nice to watch.

Simon Lam (author) on May 18, 2018:

Hi Verlie!

Thank you for your lovely comment! I'm glad you enjoyed these photos! I certainly had fun photographing them!

Take care!

Verlie Burroughs from Canada on May 18, 2018:

Beautiful captures of the Robin Simon. Enjoyed these photos.

Simon Lam (author) on May 18, 2018:

Hi Mary!

It's so wonderful that you have so many birds near your cottage. They bring us lots of joy. I love chickadees too. They're so small and cute. Thank for for your compliment!

Take care!

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on May 17, 2018:

Just this morning, my husband saw a robin here in our cottage. We have hummingbird and golden and purple finches but my husband's favourite is the chickadee. Enjoy your beautiful robin. You have pictured it beautifully.