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FEED ME!!! 20070612

Baby American Robin

Photographed near Carleton Place, Ontario Canada.

A Note To Wildlife Lovers

For all the overwhelmingly positive response I've gotten to this image, I've received a couple
insulting, nasty, and simply offensive criticisms from people upset with me for interfering with
wildlife (upset to the point that one of them actually called me a bastard) and sure in their own
minds (small as they obviously are) that I caused the death of this baby robin, when in fact,
nothing could be further from the truth. These people, of course, didn't have the courage to leave
contact information, so I'll address such comments here.

The mother robin first tried to build her nest on the base of my internet satellite dish.
Not wanting it there because she would have to continuously be flying through my transmitted
signal beam, which has strong enough radiation it can be harmful to life, I removed the nest.

She built it again, I removed it again. She built it yet again, I removed it again and getting
tired of this, I obstructed the dishís base and thought that was the end of it until I discovered
a few days later that she had then built her nest under one of the slideout sections of the RV
that I live in ( Since there was no inherent
danger to her or her family there, except from prowling cats or other predators since it was
only a few feet off the ground (actually, a stupid bird), I left it there and kept my eye on it.

She soon laid eggs, they hatched, she fed the babies, they grew, they left the nest, and I then
removed it. I assume the birds all lived happily ever after. End of story.

I could have justifiably removed the nest at any time because birds carry lice, which I learned
once from another robin's nest that I didn't remove and then had to exterminate the lice that got
into the house from it, but I left this one under the RV and took the chance that lice wouldn't be
a problem.

So, because of the location the mother chose, she was used to people being around at all hours
of the day and having people checking on the development of the babies whenever someone walked
by and she was not bothered by it. I found it rather amusing that the babies would spring to life with
their mouths open like this at the first sign of movement, whether it was their mother returning or not,
and it was because of this that I took the photo.

However, I donít find rude offensive criticisms amusing. I donít find cowards amusing who assume
the worst in people and jump to conclusions without bothering to first get facts. Self-righteous jerks.

Anyone who thinks my actions in taking this photo might have jeopardized the baby robins should
look at the settings this shot was taken at and note that it was taken at 300mm, equivalent of
480mm on my camera, so I was not right in the baby's face when I took it, but a prudent distance away.

Anyone who thinks I jeopardized these baby robins and is tempted to leave an insulting offensive
criticism should first learn that no one respects wildlife more than I do and will do nothing to interfere
with it, as long as it isnít interfering with me. I certainly have more respect for wildlife than I do
for people like them. :-)

Canon EOS 20D ,Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
1/800s f/6.3 at 300.0mm iso1600 full exif

other sizes: small medium original auto
Joe Bonello15-Nov-2014 09:05
Excellent image
Lance B21-Mar-2012 00:19
Georgia Roessler29-May-2011 12:30
Absolutely amazing! v
janescottcumming25-May-2011 22:35
Awesome shot! Too bad the people who left nasty remarks probably would not have taken the time to read your informative note. Let us hope that they come back for a second look and learn that no birds were harmed while taking this great photograph. ~V~
Hans N.22-May-2011 21:45
I'm so hungry .........

Great shot
PauloCGama16-May-2011 18:25
GeneWard05-May-2011 23:36
a wonderful, unusual shot. VVV
Jean Ray29-Apr-2011 06:23
This is just amazing! Great shot! I'm sorry you've had some offensive comments. Consider the source, I guess, but I know it isn't fun. V
Dwight Rankine21-Apr-2011 00:01
Is there a poem for this? Beatuiful!
Fernando Peres Rodrigues10-Apr-2011 10:29
Stunning photo
Photo.Keely21-Jan-2011 14:31
Great shot! Nil illegitimi sub carborundum! V.
Michael Gehrisch25-Jul-2010 13:48
I love it! v
Guest 15-Apr-2010 20:04
Mary Bowles14-Jun-2009 19:52
A glorious image of the "gape" of a hungry baby bird, photographed by a respectful, talented photographer.
Monique Trempe16-Apr-2009 17:40
Fantastic shot! V
Ser Pat26-Feb-2009 21:21
Incredibilmente bella !! V.
Buba Jafarli10-Feb-2009 11:46
A Lovely picture! I suspect it took quite long time to capture the moment! Well done!
Jon Androwski03-Feb-2009 00:18
Nice close up and color saturation,I once had a sparrow build a nest under the roof of my front porch 2-3 ft from my front door,took photos of the babies.Some survived,seen feathers one day and figured it to be a cat(dam feline).
Guest 18-Jan-2009 14:41
Great shot u know some people are just a holes I think u did the right thing
Andre Fontaine18-Jan-2009 13:51
fantastic pose ! v
Guest 13-Jan-2009 00:21
great story, excellent colorful superb image, greatly captured
Guest 10-Jan-2009 23:36
Wonderful story gord :)Yo know what they say " Nutt'in queer'er then Folk". It takes all kinds. Superb shot! BV
Guest 20-Dec-2008 23:41
This is one awesome image.....I love it. Many thanks.
Signed: "lover of birds who avoided using her front door all summer because a nest of finches was living in a wreath on my door."
PS: don't let the"turkeys" get you down.
Eli Bynum04-Dec-2008 19:40
Great capture! Sorry to hear you've been getting bad vibes.
ZoltŠn Balogh23-Sep-2008 10:26
Wow, awesome! V
Lieve Snellings22-May-2008 01:28
what a mouth !
great photo
cits_4_pets30-Apr-2008 07:27
Love it! Awesome capture.
Guest 12-Apr-2008 13:31
Fantastic capture, the angle/view is excellent!
angelique raptakis14-Mar-2008 15:39
fantastic view. v
carol j. phipps12-Mar-2008 00:46
Outstanding!!! Vote
Linda06-Mar-2008 03:37
Amazing ... HUGE VOTE!
Tricia29-Feb-2008 20:37
This is an amazing capture, who knew that baby robins were so beautiful inside!?
Patricia Cannaerts01-Feb-2008 10:39
Voted super picture!
mathilda williams21-Jan-2008 00:02
outstanding shot.
Now! I wanna eat NOW!
Claude Martin12-Jan-2008 11:29
Outstanding!!! the vivid clolours and the composition are great! It's crying loudly the tittle. V
kimene S31-Dec-2007 02:51
Outstanding! V V V V!
Yves Rubin29-Dec-2007 23:09
Simply outstanding!!!
Guest 08-Dec-2007 23:27
how often do you get to see that! awsome image
Brian McGeough27-Nov-2007 10:52
lol great shot V
Tom Payne22-Nov-2007 01:23
Great pic the DOF is excellent.
Guest 16-Nov-2007 22:38
Guest 10-Nov-2007 18:29
great macro.....I will remember this shot and watch for opportunities like this..Well done.
Guest 20-Oct-2007 06:47
Wow! Great shot. Amazing detail and great POV. VVV
laurence-gavroy 19-Oct-2007 13:20
yesss!It looks like a flower,amazing to be so close!
Guest 27-Sep-2007 15:02
Fantastic shot. wel done. V
Licaga25-Sep-2007 23:06
excellent superb V
Roe..25-Sep-2007 19:41
Guest 16-Sep-2007 19:06
Excellent job!
Marjan Schavemaker03-Sep-2007 15:02
Great capture, Gordon! -V-
Sandi Whitteker03-Sep-2007 06:22
Incredible shot! Like it wanted to eat the lens! V
Chad Ramsey29-Aug-2007 21:25
If I can add to your plethora of comments... Feed me indeed! Waiter, waiter, another worm here please!!! Great shot! V
Guest 20-Aug-2007 18:57
Wow - excellent shot
Anna Nielsson20-Aug-2007 18:17
Ashley Hockenberry17-Aug-2007 14:04
Once more vote from me!
peterjay4515-Aug-2007 22:23
What an amazing photo this is. Fantastic work indeed.
Karen Moen12-Aug-2007 06:51
This is what triggers the parent bird to go look for a juicy worm. Hmmm....very strange! Voted for this incredible image.
Guest 07-Aug-2007 15:24
Excellent timing!
Ali Majdfar02-Aug-2007 11:45
Robert Ballard31-Jul-2007 23:33
I saw this and I was going to say, "Great shot", but it appears that others have beaten me to it.
Wayne Cowan29-Jul-2007 18:12
Great shot!
Robyco19-Jul-2007 08:12
Great shot !!! (V)
great colors too...... and those eyes !!
Guest 18-Jul-2007 13:34
Thanks for showing what's inside, stunning capture! V.
Guest 10-Jul-2007 17:25
Guest 10-Jul-2007 15:37
Stunning Thrush! Can see all the way down! V
Guest 05-Jul-2007 22:33
excellent shot.. .. nice composition.. thanks for sharing! voted!
Guest 05-Jul-2007 12:10
Love this! Clear, straight on, unexpected! Love everything about it! Not a shot you get every day! Lynne
Guest 05-Jul-2007 11:32
Excellent shot, great detail and color!
Guest 05-Jul-2007 00:05
Wow! This is a fantastic capture.
wernere0104-Jul-2007 14:47
Amazing! What a hungry little chap.
H. P. Henriksen Starman30-Jun-2007 19:31
No doubt, this litlle fewllow is hungry - fine shot. v.
Tomasz Dziubinski - Photography30-Jun-2007 14:12
Superb! Vote :)
Stefano Gaggero29-Jun-2007 14:33
Great capture!
Guest 28-Jun-2007 17:15
This one puts a smile on my face
Guest 28-Jun-2007 14:03
nicely done! ~V~
Guest 27-Jun-2007 23:11
Reminds me of some women I've known. :)
Phyllis Stewart26-Jun-2007 16:48
Outstanding shot! V
Betty Wilchek25-Jun-2007 21:28
Sheila25-Jun-2007 14:46
Totally amazing shot at 300mm.
It is terrific.
CC25-Jun-2007 13:54
That's a winner ! V.
Guest 24-Jun-2007 00:54
What a capture! Ya just got to love it!
Guest 23-Jun-2007 07:08
What an outstanding photo. Wow! Vote
Guest 22-Jun-2007 23:50
Man this is a great shot!!!!!!
Susanne v. Schroeder22-Jun-2007 02:11
Gulp! He looks hungry! Great shot! Just posted a series of baby bird pictures in my 'Summer 2007' gallery.
Guest 20-Jun-2007 16:24
Great shot! We can see his stomach I think.
Debbie Blackburn Beierle20-Jun-2007 02:29
Oh my goodness! This is a dentist's dream mouth! What a fabulous shot!! The sharp detail is mind blowing as well. GMV!
Carol19-Jun-2007 11:31
Good catch~
Sefval Mogalana19-Jun-2007 10:59
Original photography. Love it. Voted...
Guest 18-Jun-2007 22:29
Wonderful capture. vote.
andymacd18-Jun-2007 11:12
What a great "birds eye view". Fantastic. ~V~
Marc Demoulin18-Jun-2007 07:13
Outstanding! Voted.
Guest 17-Jun-2007 20:03
Great shot. How could I not vote this!
NealyBob17-Jun-2007 18:40
Fabulous close-up~! v
golfpic16-Jun-2007 21:04
Very cool shot.
Guest 15-Jun-2007 22:04
This is a perfect shot, the one that should win contest and make it to a magazine. Bravo
Ashley Hockenberry15-Jun-2007 18:25
Navake14-Jun-2007 19:43
Great shot!
Cheers, Jorma.
arminb14-Jun-2007 18:42
WOOOW, fantastic. Guess the little one thinks your the father bringing some food :o)
Wonderful close-up!
Nick Powell14-Jun-2007 18:17
An excellent shot and caption, well done. Voted
Brian Baker14-Jun-2007 18:00
Great shot, well captured
Lloyd & Sandy Spitalnik14-Jun-2007 00:47
Fabulous shot:-) S&L
SB 13-Jun-2007 19:49
Wonderful shot!
Peter Hollinger13-Jun-2007 13:28
Excellent! ~v~
Carole Stevens13-Jun-2007 09:18
Stunning capture great pov!
Roozbeh Shivayi13-Jun-2007 07:41
Nice perspective and creative crop!
Gayle P. Clement13-Jun-2007 05:59
Excellent, Gordon.
Herb 13-Jun-2007 04:22
Nice shot
Maryvonne Q.13-Jun-2007 04:05
Wonderful shot. v
BleuEvanescence13-Jun-2007 03:18
Your sense of timing and your curiosity are wonderful...
Guest 13-Jun-2007 01:37
Wonderful capture. V
Dennis Barry13-Jun-2007 01:36
Wonderful shot. Voted
Robin Reid13-Jun-2007 01:21
OMG, what a shot!!!! Great.
Gunnar Horpestad13-Jun-2007 00:59
Give me, give me, give me. Nice one Gordon. Voted
Michel CORBOZ13-Jun-2007 00:36
Stunning ! v
Elaine (etfitz)13-Jun-2007 00:22
Fabulous! gmv!
Guest 12-Jun-2007 23:15
This is the best baby bird composition I've seen. You've captured it all. Excellent job.
Bob B.12-Jun-2007 22:01
"Best of Show"! v
Guest 12-Jun-2007 21:44
Really outstanding shot Gordon - amazing detail and POV! V