One theory as to why many robins on Christmas cards carry letters in their beaks is that at one time all the postmen wore red waistcoats and were known as ‘Robins’. In fact it was only in 1952 that the British Trust for Ornithology officially changed the bird name to ‘robin’, up until then it was always known as ‘robin redbreast’. The other tradition associated with the pagan Yule festival is that the eternal circle of the year ends with the battle of the holly king, represented by the wren and the oak king represented by the robin. In this battle the wren or old year is defeated and killed by the new year or robin and the cycle starts again.

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My Formative years were spent between two wartime airfields, so each night was spent sleeping in shelters, and school was always tense as dogfights were being fought overhead,
We made our own amusement in those days, and presents were second hand wooden toys if any could be found.
My teenage life found me on Motorbikes and fast cars.
My Later life was dogged by peaks and troughs of health problems.

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  • JDL15
    JDL15about 4 years ago

    truly wonderous capture

  • Morning John thank you very much,

    – Malcolm Chant

  • rodsfotos
    rodsfotosabout 4 years ago

    What a great detailed close-up of this little robin redbreast Malcolm, 10 out of 10 my friend,
    Regards, Rod.

  • hello my Dear friend, thank you very much for your very kind comment,

    – Malcolm Chant

  • Sandy Dunn
    Sandy Dunnabout 4 years ago

    Very detailed, Beautiful!

  • Hello Sandy thank you so much for stopping by.


    – Malcolm Chant

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppabout 4 years ago

    Awesome detailed capture Malcolm…Your Robins are very different to ours, so colorful…inst fave indeed!!!

  • hello Lary, yes folk have said that to me before, I really appreciate your comments,

    Take care

    – Malcolm Chant

  • Carol2
    Carol2about 4 years ago

    Gorgeous capture, clarity and detail, Malcolm!!

  • hello Dear Carol thank you very much.


    – Malcolm Chant

  • Mike Oxley
    Mike Oxleyabout 4 years ago

    What an absolutely beautiful capture of this lovely little robin, Malcolm. Simply marvellous!

  • Thank you very much Mike I really appreciate your comments

    – Malcolm Chant

  • photogaryphy
    photogaryphyabout 4 years ago

    Wonderful shot and a great write up to. Superb.

  • Thank you very much Gary much appreciated

    – Malcolm Chant

  • Fran E.
    Fran E.about 4 years ago

    What a superb photo!!!

  • Thank you very much Fran

    – Malcolm Chant

  • artisandelimage
    artisandelimageabout 4 years ago

    beautiful image, great info !
    my best, francis.

  • Hello Frances, thank you very much indeed.

    – Malcolm Chant

  • John44
    John44about 4 years ago

    A FAV and the shot goes directly to my heart!
    Spot on Malcolm

  • OH John thank you so much for your very kind comment & the Fav,

    – Malcolm Chant

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