American Robin – a Harbinger of Spring

What can be a better sign of spring than to see that traditional early bird, the American Robin, (Turdus migratorius).  This one was looking for an early worm out in Middle Concho Park last Sunday morning.

American Robin

American Robin

Actually, now that I take a closer look, by the looks of that fat belly, I believe he has already had his fill of worms.  For the shot, I hand-held my Canon EOS 7D with a 500mm lens w/1.4 teleconverter.  Because the bird was outside the passenger side of the car, I was unable to use my window support and had to shoot across Ann’s lap.  Exposure 1/640 sec. @ f9 +0.07 EV adjustment.  ISO 400.  Shooting distance about 40 feet.  Click the image to see an enlargement.

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