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For nearly fifty years the Robin, otherwise known as Robin Redbreast , has been our National bird in Great Britain. In 1961 the British section for the International council of birds was tasked to select a title bearer and after  a long correspondence in the Times newspaper they chose the Robin.

   

Robin our National Bird 

For nearly fifty years the European Robin (Erithacus Rubecula), otherwise known as Robin Redbreast , has been our National bird in Great Britain. In 1961 the British section for the International council of birds was tasked to select a title bearer and after  a long correspondence in the Times newspaper they chose the Robin.
I think it was a good choice, great territory defenders that are in Britain brave window sill feeders and followers of the garden digger, in stark contrast they are very shy in Europe, not without good reason….they are often appreciated most with Orange sauce, that would be unthinkable to a native of the UK!  Once considered to be  a small Thrush, it is actually an old world flycatcher. It lays reddish brown eggs, not blue ones as said in the Joan Baez song, that's the larger, different American Robin .
A previous painting I did of the Robin in abstract sold very quickly and gets good remarks still, so a second smaller painting has been done.

12 x 12 x1.5 inch Acrylic on canvas

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Robin and red ensign at home

Pride of place at home, the Robin hangs with the Red Ensign., and below, posing in  a friend's  back garden, as before, much more friendly in Britain than elsewhere.

Britain's Nation bird Robin Redbreast posing in a London urban garden.

Photo courtesy Hibla.com



 

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