Robins – a classic gateway drug to hardcore nature appreciation

It’s lovely light in South Devon today and there are Robins galore:

Robin at Stover - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

This one appears possessive over its stash of seeds.

Robin at Stover - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

The very bright white spot on the front of the breast is always a tricky thing to get properly exposed.

Robin at Stover - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

This one had cocked its tail and dropped its wings. It’s certainly very alert, perhaps even a little defiant.

Robin at Stover - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

What a shame it needs a booster cushion to get to the breakfast buffet:

Robin at Stover - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

In mainland Europe, Robins are skulking forest birds and rarely seen close-up. Here, in the UK, I’m glad they’ve become accustomed to us. They are one of the classic gateway drugs to hardcore nature appreciation.

Robin at Stover - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

And I’m hooked.

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