Sunday, January 10, 2010

European Robin

In my previous post I had featured this bird calling it the British Robin , this time its the same species , but a slight vagrant and called European Robin (Erithacus rubecula). This one was photographed in Mediterranean sea, off Greece. The bird was very shy and extremely difficult to photograph unlike its British cousin, which was very much approachable. Although subtle differences exist between to two species, I could not readily identify any, just by looking.
Managed to photograph the nice twinkle in the birds eye, it gives m a lot of satisfaction to see the glow in a animals eye.
Although I like to photograph at the lowest possible ISO value, many times especially when photographing hand held in poor light, it is better to use a higher ISO. Though the noise is more, it's better than having blurry photographs because of slow shutter speed. Here I used ISO 200, to boost the shutter speed from 1/125 to 1/250 sec.

photo details: f/4.5 , 1/250sec , ISO 200 , 300mm


  1. you seem to get a lot of birds aboard ur ship. is this while sailing?

  2. Yes, all photographs clicked on board are while sailing. Birds always come onboard, mostly to take a break during migration.