Tuesday, November 29, 2011

A robin frenzy ...







The first robins of winter descend like drunken paratroopers
- Amber Coverdale Sumrall

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About the last thing you expect to see
in late November are robins.
Right?!
Well, about two weeks ago my backyard was filled with them.

I have rarely seen any robins in our backyard.  Primarily, they hop around in our front yard.  
Don't know why they are not attracted to my backyard.  
Maybe they are camera shy.
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But on that day as I glanced out my window, about two dozen or so robins 
were busy taking turns drinking from my makeshift bird bath.
I know, not a very fancy one, but they don't 
seem to mind.


I was surprised to see a few starlings among them. 


Guess the robins don't mind keeping company with them.


All were mighty thirsty and spent a lot of time taking turns drinking.
They hung around for a few hours and I was
delighted that somehow they chose to stop at
my place for a break 
from wherever their journey 
was taking them.

Maybe the starlings led them here.
Maybe they are the fledglings 
that I fed this summer.

I'd like to think so.


There were the typical disagreements on who got to bathe when.








But in the end, it all worked out and all was right with the world.

As it should be.

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I used Topaz Adjust's Film Collection Vintage Grunge II on these photos.
I'm having a lot of fun trying out their latest release.
All of these photos were actually o.k. straight out of the camera
but the editing for me is the fun part.
I know some of you would prefer
seeing the originals instead of these edited versions.

I promise to mix it up soon and throw in some SOOC!

Until later friends,


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63 comments:

Country Girl said...

She's back! Guests are fun, but quiet time with the birds is always good.

Connie Smiley said...

Reena, these are great photos! Aren't they fun to watch? I love that shot where they are squabbling! Funny thing, mine uncharacteristically visited the back yard, too.

Barbara said...

Love the captures of the 'argument'! And I do like the treatment you used on these.

TexWisGirl said...

i had flocks heading thru here too last week. same thing - hung around the baths, all sipping like mad, then off they went again! these are great shots, as always!

Rambling Woods said...

Lovely to see them as I haven't seen any robins since early fall..good of you to provide a bird bath...

Hilary said...

Our robins tend to stick around between March and early December. I'm sure they're still here for the duration but they hide well for the true winter. Your images, as always, are gorgeous.

Ashley Sisk said...

Your home must be on the must visit map for birds.

Brian Miller said...

hope you had a great thanksgiving...what a gift to have all of them stop in for a drink and to check on you...smiles...very cool pics!

grammie g said...

HI Renna...Have fun with your photo's I like them ..I never know what to expect when I come to your post!!
These are great and funny to !!
We usually have a few Robins that hang out here all winter and feed on apples and berries..don't know quite why!!

Grace

Mark said...

The back-and-forth of those birds, you captured beautifully.

Debbie said...

same thing here....i NEVER see them in late fall and i had dozens as well.

they are gone now....they will return in spring. i can't wait to see them!!

Lisa RedWillow said...

They are all delightful. You have a bird cafe going. Love it.

Laura~Pretty Pix said...

Love these images. I agree, kinda strange to see all this activity in late November.
Great treatments. I'm also hooked on Topaz, so much fun!

Carole Meisenhelter said...

lovely to see your small birds. I don't have much variety close to home because of the many more aggressive bird types in this area who are very territorial.

Stewart M said...

Hi there - nice robins - and very different from the ones in the UK and in Australia.

Cheers - Stewart M - Australia

eileeninmd said...

Good Morning, Reena! Wonderful captures of the robins. The are year round residents here in Maryland. I do not always see them, once in awhile they pop in for a visit. Great photos. Have a great day!

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

Great pictures and I love your editing!

I've seen Robins here too, but I think they were on their way somewhere else too--I'd like to go with them too, it's cold here this morning! :-)

Joe said...

We rarely see Robins in our yard during the winter but I've noticed over the years that I see groups of them in the mountain.

Kathryn Dyche Dechairo said...

You get such great 'drinking' shots. I bought a bird bath earlier this year but so far the birds have been avoiding it and the only ones drinking from it are the squirrels!

Marcie said...

What fun!! Who'd of thought you'd find so many robins at this time of year?!?!?

Judy said...

It will be awhile before we see robins again...sigh

heyBJK said...

Fantastic photos, Reena! I happen to like your editing. It's nice to see something different from time to time. Nice job!

Ivanhoe said...

You got some action shots, too :) Very cool! Have a great Wednesday!

Sandra said...

they look like they are having a blast, i showed the photos to my from PA hubby. we don't have these here.

Pat said...

Wonderful editing! I love the interaction among the birds in these photos.

bobbybegood1 said...

They are just beautiful. Great shots. I have a brother named Robin - some friends call him Tweet. Funny nickname for a big guy. So, starlings, that's the name of those birds. I never knew. I see them all the time along with the pigeons on my rooftop. Thanks for sharing story. Cheers!!

Hilke Breder said...

Love this post, Reena! Great images and great story!

Gillian Olson said...

It is unusual to see robins at this time of year. Your pictures are great and I the commentary is fun.

TSannie said...

Love those arguing birds! Great photos as always!

Madi and Mom said...

A frenzy of Robins is an excellent description. I'm currently thoroughly enjoying the return of the dark eyed juncos!! Love those little guys.
Hugs
C

dona said...

Starting from late october a lot of robins (we call them "pettirossi") arrive here as well. They're simply and lovely.
Your photos and stories are always beautiful!

Daryl said...

I am loving Adjust's new features .. I may even sign up for one of their tutorials ... no, I wont, I dont do tutorials .. maybe you should take one and then you can tell me what you learned .. yeah I like that idea much better ...

Linda R. said...

What a joy it must be to sit and watch the bird fighting for there bathes.. I really enjoy just looking at your shots.. I think your editing look fabulous... Hope your having a happy day!

Hugs, Linda

Tricia @ Bluff Area Daily said...

like drunken paratroopers... that made me LoL! =)
Looks like one was gettin' a real cussin'... Now, watch the language lil ones! =)))

Ginny said...

Thanks for our daily laugh today! The eighth picture is an absolute scream!!! We are both looking and enjoying. They must be migrating? Starlings never seem to be up to any good, they probably instigated the robin fight! I'm ADORING the first quote and read it aloud to Phil!

mick said...

Great photos and how lovely to have all those birds putting on a show for you.

Andrew said...

Wonderful images of your lovely robin Reena...so different to ours.

lisa said...

These are beautiful Reena!
I do not think I've ever seen a starling this close before, and what a beautiful bird it is. Love the eighth one here. Someone looks mighty upset!! :-)

Thank you so much for sharing at The Creative Exchange this week.

Have a great evening!

lisa.

Tammy said...

Looks like they gave you quite a show :)
I've seen Robins around here all winter long. I think that they will stay if there is a food source.

Gary said...

Robins are always entertaining!! Boom & gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

NatureFootstep said...

lovely shots of those birds. It is so fun to see them bathe. :) I think you had fun both when you shot the event as well as when you processed them. :)

Ann said...

as common as the robins are around here I never get tired of watching them.

latebloomerbuds said...

Ahh Reena, you make them into works of art with all the texture and color you add. Great shots with or without embellishment. Margie

S. Etole said...

So much fun to come here and see robins again. It will be April or May before they return here.

Michaele said...

That argument was just too funny! Wonderful photos!

Genie said...

I like what you have done with Topaz and the pictures. They are wonderful. I agree with you that the texture work is such fun...I always feel like a real artist when I am messing around with them. I canon believe you were able to get all of these wonderful shots without your little pals flying away. They must really like that water. Lovely captures. Wonderful post. genie

Sharkbytes (TM) said...

The first one looks like a Chinese painting.

Jennifer Richardson said...

I love the joy fests nature throws
around your feeders
and watering places:)
Glad for the shiny share,
Jennifer

bon bon said...

grand central station! they are on their out in our parts.

Lois Evensen said...

What a nice series. That young starling was holding his own, wasn't he. :)

beth said...

i think that is the most beautiful starling i have ever seen.....and robins, well they have my heart :)

Springman said...

Such a lot of life at that watering hole! Amazing action. I love the PP part of digital photography too, I find it kind of relaxing. Your touches are really cool! Cheers!

Linda Trine said...

I love all of your robin captures...so pretty with the textures.

Kerri said...

Oh I LOVE your pics of the Robins!!
We have them all year round here so they are a bit under appreciated (in my opinion) LOVE how you captured their "attitude"!

Catherine said...

These little Robins must be all mixed up! But look at how much fun you had watching them at the bird bath. Adorable!
xo Catherine

ladyfi said...

I love the texture of these shots.

Betty Manousos@ Cut and Dry said...

those are such cuties for sure!

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

Your birds have so much personality!

Ms. Becky said...

these photos are smashing!!! I think robin red breast may be my favorite bird. I love the 8th shot with the squawking going on. I see robins here all winter, but they hang out in the woods for the most part. I recently learned that, thinking all these years that they leave for the winter but it isn't so. happy day to you Reena.

CherryPie said...

I have never seen so many robins together. I thought they were territorial?

mrs mediocrity said...

these are fabulous! Perhaps they were migrating? i bet they were happy to find a nice place to stop for a drink and a bath!

Pat Tillett said...

I could sit and watch this all day long! Thanks for taking such great photos!

priyadi said...

i cant talk anything about this bird... but, this foto is great..