Following the young Eastern Yellow Robin

With few cooler days and a little less family activities now the granddies are back at school, we’ve been spending a couple hours out with one of more pairs of the Eastern Yellow Robins.  As there are about four Wagtail nests on the go at the same time, its been an added interest to see the Willies hard at work.  Two nests have produced three each of young on the wing, and the others look like matching that next week.

No marathon five chicks at a time for these clever wagtails.

With Jack and Jill its become obvious that the young bird  (Named Nevis), is indeed from one of their broods. They both look after it and provide food and advice.  My heart is set on there being a second young one further out in the low gum regrowth, but I’ve not been able to convincingly find evidence.  But. Both adults spend a good deal of time out there. And Nevis visits from time to time.
Nevis also has taken over one small strand of blackwattle re-growth, and can usually be found in the area.

It is now accepting of our movements and will come within a few metres to feed or sleep.

Today was a bit of a highlight as Dorothy was working with Nevis, when Jill came by to see how things were going. Two robins in the same branch. Me.  Well I was down the paddock photographing trees. Or something.

Its enough to make you hang up your camera in shame. But she did get some lovely shots of them together and a friendly Willie Wagtail, who thought it must be a family photo opportunity!

Nevis later came down the track and propped in the shade of a small bush, tucked its head under its wing and went to sleep.  That’s trusting.

Newly hatched and not yet ready to meet their public. Williie Wagtail hatchlings.
Newly hatched and not yet ready to meet their public. Williie Wagtail hatchlings.

 

Two young Willie Wagtails out of the nest.  Their more adventurous sibling is on another branch. Waging a very short tail.
Two young Willie Wagtails out of the nest. Their more adventurous sibling is on another branch. Waging a very short tail.
Nevis asleep on the branch near my camera sitspot.
Nevis asleep on the branch near my camera sitspot.
Nevis showing how much it has grown out of the early feathers. Another week or so it will be hard to tell from the adults.
Nevis showing how much it has grown out of the early feathers. Another week or so it will be hard to tell from the adults.
Dorothy's shot of the day. Jill came by to check on Nevis and stayed for the photoshot.Some times persistence has its own rewards.
Dorothy’s shot of the day. Jill came by to check on Nevis and stayed for the photoshot.
Some times persistence has its own rewards.

 

 

 

 

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