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Weekly Photo Challenge: From Above, A Nest Story

I was super excited this spring when a robin began building a nest outside our kitchen window.  I have written about how I set up my camera to get images of the birds.  For the series of images in this post I am using my point and shoot camera.  Never underestimate the usefulness of your camera that is “just” a point and shoot.  I took all of these photo with my Canon Powershot:

ISO 800 4mm 0ev f/2.7 1/160

ISO 800 4mm 0ev f/2.7 1/160

This year’s nest with five lovely blue robin eggs.

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ISO 800 4mm 0ev f2.7 1/100

This robin was approximately two minutes old when I got this photo.  The mother had left the nest to discard the egg shells, I watched her leave and then got the photo.

ISO 800 14mm 0ev f/5 1/60

ISO 800 14mm 0ev f/5 1/60

This photo was taken 8 hours later.  The feathers have started to form.  When I tweeted this picture, Chris at Learning, Running, and Creating, was the first to notice how clearly you can see the second robin making its way out.

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ISO 800 4mm 0ev f/2.7 1/160

So, no surprise the next morning there were two in the nest.

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ISO 1600 4mm 0ev f/2.7 1/200

This photo and the next were taken this morning, and as you can see it was a busy 24 hours in the nest.

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ISO 1600 4mm 0ev f/2.7 1/250

So now we are waiting for the last egg to hatch.  Hopefully all the birds will make it, but in all honesty, five is a lot for one nest.

So, you might wonder why I am taking this series with my point and shoot.  The answer is simple, space.  My Canon 50D does not fit in this space. Or, I guess to be more exact, it fits, but then can’t focus.  I have been unable to angle the 50D in a way that would allow for a picture.

Maybe you are wondering about how I get these shots with the grown robin parents around?  I spend a lot of time watching from inside.  My office has pretty much moved to the kitchen.  The adult birds have a pretty regular schedule.  Most mornings sometime after 7, and at about 4:30pm, they are out of the area.  I use that time to set up and adjust my camera equipment.  Also, for whatever reason, this year’s birds are pretty tolerant of me.  I eat my lunch outside near them most days, and they just stay on the nest.

Thoughts about this post? feel free to leave them below in the comments section. If you haven’t seen my photos from last year and would like too, you can click here.

I am also capable of saying things in 140 characters or less. I tweet about photography @marantophoto if you would like to follow along.

This post was written in response to the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge.  The theme this week is From Above.



87 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: From Above, A Nest Story

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  2. Life&Ink says:

    What a fantastic series of shots. I can see how you would be mesmerized by such a wonderful event taking place right outside your window. I am not sure I would be able to leave. The eggs are beautiful and then to see the babies emerge, it is like an addition to your family. And I like what you said about the adults adjusting to you, how you make your presence known but establish that you are not a threat. I love the coexistence, the almost trust. This is such a lovely post for so many reasons, on so many levels. I am so glad I got to see it. Thanks for your hard work and dedication and for sharing it with us! 🙂


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  4. Sonel says:

    How blessed you are to witness this! Love the photo’s and the little Robins are just too adorable! Thanks for sharing. 🙂


  5. Melinda says:

    What a wonderful series of photos! Can you tell if the parent robins are the same individuals who inhabited that spot last year? I wonder what robin conversations are had about you and your cameras! Love it!


  6. A wonderful series, and quite startling too. The colour of the eggs was a surprise to me…. as well as how quickly instincts kick in, there that wide open mouth… feed me quick! Bet the parents have their work cut out for the next few weeks. Will it take about a month for them to fledge?


    • The color of these eggs was just beautiful and amazingly even. I was really hoping to get a mouth wide open from above shot this year, they do start doing that immediately. Last year’s nest: hatching was April 10-12 and the nest was empty on April 25. So, it is a really quick process. Thanks for your comments, I appreciate them.


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  11. poppytump says:

    What an truly amazing set of photographs PJB ! To be able to look that closely at the evolving scenario though your lens is really quite something . You must be thrilled .
    Fancy those those feathers appearing so quickly after hatching … and then to spot that weeny cracking on the other egg … well .. 🙂 🙂


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