A recent foray into the woods at Castle Espie WWT Centre threw up an unexpected result. I had been there to shoot some video of Brent Geese feeding on Strangford Lough and afterwards went for a walk into the woods.

I stopped at the viewpoint that overlooks the centre when a Robin landed on the fence a few feet away. My cameras were in my bag and I thought if I reached for one it would take flight so I stood watching. It watched me back. After what seemed a long time, although it was probably less than a minute, I risked it and grabbed for my camera. The Robin hopped around on the fence, happy to be photographed. Things were going so well I even thought of erecting my tripod and trying for some video but I that would have been a step too far.

Later when I was processing the photographs I realised that the Robin probably expected me to give it food. Often when you stop to photograph wildfowl in Castle Espie they come close expecting food. Why would a Robin be different?

Indeed to my untrained eye this Robin does look fairly well fed.

Robin Redbreast (Erithacus rubecula)

Robin Redbreast (Erithacus rubecula)

Robin Redbreast (Erithacus rubecula)

Robin Redbreast (Erithacus rubecula) sitting on a fence

Robin Redbreast (Erithacus rubecula)

Robin Redbreast (Erithacus rubecula) sitting on a fence

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