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American robin        Images © Mark A. Chappell

Some birds are so common and widely distributed that we forget how lovely they are.   American robins are a good example:   they can be found across the US and Canada and nobody thinks of them as exotic.   However, they are very attractive, especially the more intensely-colored males (west-coast robins have somewhat paler heads than eastern birds).   These were photographed at the University of California, Riverside campus, in an aspen grove along Convict Creek in the eastern Sierra Nevada, and along the Merced River in Yosemite National Park, California.

  • Canon 10D, 30D, 1D Mk. II, 1D4, or 7D2; 500 mm f4 IS lens plus 1.4X or 2X converters or 800 mm IS lens, fill-in flash (2004, 2005, 2007, 2011, 2015)