Robin Flock at Woodlands

Seems like forever since I opened up the WordPress files, but as life does, other things have been getting in the way from getting out to the park.

The past weekend was a washout. Literally.  We went with the Birdlife Melbourne Photography group on just the wettest day.  It poured, showered, drizzled and did just about everything except give up a bit of light and relief for the photographers.  Andrew came along to lend a hand as a guide and that gave us a bit of flexibility about where to look, but in the end, the cameras mostly stayed in the cars and the rain jackets did their job.

Not to say we didn’t find anything with the highlight being a Yellow-tufted Honeyeater and several White-naped Honeyeaters.

Not one to be put off by a few minutes disappointment, I went back out this morning in the super sunshine.  A few of the Flame families were feeding together and several other smaller parties were around the usual spots.

This Red-capped Robin was one of several from the morning, but I liked the backlighting and the good show on his chest feathers.

Second bird is from a small number of independent females that don’t seem to socialise with the other flocks.

This male is on a low branch. I am working on a very low tripod and laying on the ground to get a lower perspective. Get wetter, and muddier, but you see much more from the bird’s point of view.
Hunting in the early morning sunshine on a moss bed. I was laying on the ground, camera on a low tripod, just to get a separation from the background.

4 thoughts on “Robin Flock at Woodlands

  1. Two top-notch photos again David, I’ll post a couple of mine from yesterday tonight too. I love Mr. Redcap especially, as you say the definition on his chest is wonderful, quite a little six-pack under there I think!


  2. G,day,
    This little guy was so busy with the feeding business and keeping his lady happy that he wasn’t all that fussed with me. I suspect that keeping a low profile also helped. But not my poor old arthritic knee.
    The Flame males are much more wary and furtive. I was hoping they would flock-up and be a little easier to deal with. Too fast, too mobile and too skittish to work with at the moment.
    Some of the smaller female groups are a little less mobile, staying in the one area at least gives me a sporting chance.


  3. I must admit that yesterday (Monday) I was thinking that we should have had that weather on Saturday. But still, we got to see lots of robins in the rain – but no photos. After lunch we added a few more species to the day’s list, but even though I took my camera out of the car, I didn’t get to use it 😦


    1. G,day,
      I suppose that the weather is one of the most difficult things about the this whole birding thing. The other one is predicting what birds are going to be where.
      As a book I was looking at said, “You’ve got to be able to find them before you can identify them.” Makes sense to me.
      I was a bit sad that as a photography group we were hard pressed to actually take photos. Still there is always another time.


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