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

February 4, 2014 • 3:57 am

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?

8 thoughts on “Readers’ wildlife photos: a European robin, up close and personal

  1. 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.

  2. 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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