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Bideford photographer’s film shows clever robin performing tricks and whistling songs

PUBLISHED: 17:08 09 February 2018 | UPDATED: 17:16 09 February 2018

Bideford photographer Graham Hobbs with Charlie the Robin. Picture: Graham Hobbs

Bideford photographer Graham Hobbs with Charlie the Robin. Picture: Graham Hobbs

Graham Hobbs

A Bideford photographer has created a video documenting his unique friendship with a robin.

Graham Hobbs, of Bideford, has spent the last 12 months teaching the robin – who he has named Charlie – to fly through hoops, eat worms from his mouth, and even whistle Pop Goes The Weasel.

Their friendship developed after Graham first met Charlie on the North Devon coastline at the end of 2015.

Bideford photographer Graham Hobbs with Charlie the Robin. Picture: Graham Hobbs Bideford photographer Graham Hobbs with Charlie the Robin. Picture: Graham Hobbs

He said: “I started to have this bond with her and I just knew that this was a special intelligent Robin.

“Her character, the way she would listen to me in what I had to say – she would put her head to one side to take it all in.”

Charlie the Robin. Picture: Graham Hobbs Charlie the Robin. Picture: Graham Hobbs

Graham has had an interest in wildlife since he was just 11 years old, and before meeting Charlie spent two years filming with a blackbird family.

He continued: “Over time I taught Charlie to understand certain words, i.e. to acknowledge for food, and also to sing Pop Goes The Weasel and then preform tricks for me.

Bideford photographer Graham Hobbs with Charlie the Robin. Picture: Graham Hobbs Bideford photographer Graham Hobbs with Charlie the Robin. Picture: Graham Hobbs

“I just felt that Charlie loved preforming for me; she trusted me absolutely 100 per cent, but of course she knew she would get rewarded.

“Charlie had a mate I called Bob and together they had young and allowed me to be right next to the nest and I capture lots of film, including when the young flew the nest – that was a lovely moment.”

Charlie the Robin. Picture: Graham Hobbs Charlie the Robin. Picture: Graham Hobbs

In a video released on his Youtube channel, Graham shares his moments with Charlie, including sitting down to dinner together.

He added: “I feel very privileged indeed for the robins to allow me to be part of there lives .

“It is something I will never forget and it’s all captured on film so that I can look back and treasure it.

“I put it down to food source, body language, voice, communication and patience.”

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