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American  Robin

(Turdus migratorius)

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   Robins are seen throughout the year in our area of Northern California, but they are particularly numerous and noisy in the fall and winter when berries ripen on bushes and trees. This fellow is helping himself to a toyon berry in our back yard. The robins arrive in small flocks, often accompanied by a smaller number of cedar waxwings, and methodically strip the tree of its berries over a period of a few days. Robins are famous for preferring somewhat fermented berries and will often visit pyrocanthus bushes after the berries have fermented and are then found wandering around on the ground unable (temporarily) to fly. California law forbids driving with a blood alcohol level greater than 0.08%, but I don't know what the limits are for flying.

    This photo was taken with a Nikkor 80-200 mm f/2.8 lens plus a 2x extender, providing  a 400 mm focal length. The film was Fuji Provia 400F with one stop push processing. The rather dark background was brightened with fill flash.

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The following images were taken with a Canon 10D digital camera in December 2003

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