Mornings with Jack and Jill: Eastern Yellow Robins

Ever since the disaster that befell poor Jill’s last nesting attempt, it has been hard for us to find either of the pair.  This lovely pair of birds that had allowed us into their little lives and given us the opportunity to share their nesting, has become almost non existent. Inspite of sitting in the territory and checking all the likely spots, they have pretty much eluded us. We were beginning to think they were moving on, or had opted for not trying for another hatching this season.

So to our surprise when we turned up with a bit of water to fill their water feature, that they both quickly popped by, and took advantage of the water. Both to drink and bathe.
More importantly she constantly called to him, and he responded with food. So it looks like she is readying herself for another attempt. No nest at this stage, but maybe in the next week or so if the weather doesn’t  go too hot.

Dorothy got accepted into the family, by a fly past at about head height and just a hand’s breadth from her ear.  Jack zoomed across the paddock and headed straight for her.  It was something he planned as he didn’t deviate one bit. Even a Yellow Robin aiming for your head is a bit daunting.

Down the road a bit, a second pair are still in residence, and after abandoning her previous attempt, she is back at work collecting cobweb, so another nest might well be in the making.

First time we'd been met on the track for many a long week."G,day".
First time we’d been met on the track for many a long week.”G,day”.

 

A nice tub on a hot day does wonders to the spirits.
A nice tub on a hot day does wonders to the spirits.

 

MInd the feathers do take awhile to dry out. But perhaps that's part of the enjoyment
MInd the feathers do take awhile to dry out. But perhaps that’s part of the enjoyment

 

Female begging for food. The wing waggles seem to get his attention.
Female begging for food. The wing waggles seem to get his attention.

 

After a nice grub, a wing stretch is always relieving.
After a nice grub, a wing stretch is always relieving.

 

After so much work, Jack takes a nap.  Given he flew to about 3 metres from the camera position, an then just settled down, I'm pretty happy he's accepted us.
After so much work, Jack takes a nap. Given he flew to about 3 metres from the camera position, an then just settled down, I’m pretty happy he’s accepted us.

 

Big stretch. TIme to get up and get going another mouth to feed.Jack preparing for the next shift.
Big stretch. TIme to get up and get going another mouth to feed.
Jack preparing for the next shift.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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