American Robin A Symbol Of Spring

American Robin - Fort Smith National Historic Site - Arkansas

American Robin - Fort Smith National Historic Site - Arkansas

I see American Robins year around here at my place. When the weather gets warm and I see these birds I think of Spring. It won't be long before they start building a nest. It is one of the first North American bird species to lay eggs.

The American Robin is active mostly during the day, and on its winter grounds, it assembles in large flocks at night to roost in trees, secluded swamps or dense vegetation. I have a two-acre yard and I have been seeing large flocks these past few weeks feeding in my yard.

American Robin - Fort Smith National Historic Site - Arkansas

American Robin - Fort Smith National Historic Site - Arkansas

How I Got The Shot - American Robin

I photograph these birds in my yard but I like going to the Fort Smith National Historic Site here in Arkansas to photograph them. I like the different types of perches that they have in this area. The stone walls are a good example.

These birds are also in large numbers at this park, and they like nesting here. I usually can get some photos of them gathering nesting material and later on getting food for their young.

They have a nice paved trail at this Historic site and I like arriving early in the morning. I walk this trail and can photograph the Robins from it. They also have benches along this trail and you can sit and photograph the birds from them. I was sitting on one of these benches when I took the above photo.

I was hand holding my Canon EOS 7D Mark II camera with the Canon EF 100-400 mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II lens. I was shooting in aperture priority mode (AV) with a shutter speed of 1/160 of a second at f5.6 and the ISO at 800. White Balance was set on auto. I was using single point, continuous auto focus with evaluative metering.

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