I watched the film H is for Hawk recently - what patience!
I have been coaxing a friendly robin to come nearer by putting a little seed on the steps every morning for a month or so - starting on the bottom step and gradually moving up to the bench on the porch.
Those mornings when I have been out raking up leaves the robin has been around, but playing hide and seek with me and I didn't get any photographs until yesterday...when it realised there were a few mealworms mixed in with the seeds
All this took a couple of hours as she is still quite timid and flew off if I moved, so the qulaity of the photographs is not great (and the sun was behind her) but as she gets more tame there will be lots of opportunities...
I love the company of a robin, don't you?