The robin was voted Britain’s favourite bird and holds the unofficial role as our national bird.
It is believed to be a messenger for lost, loved ones and is seen as a symbol of good luck and happiness. ‘When robins appear, loved ones are near’, alludes to the belief that the robin is a messenger. All sorts of stories abound for how it got its red breast too.
The robin is a popular visitor to gardens and is well-known for its tameness – with patience it can even be encouraged to eat from the hand.
This robin is painted in ink and watercolour on a specially prepared bird panel and captures its flight as it comes in for a treat.