Well Hello Young Lad.

Scarlet Robin, a Season of Change

In the You Yangs, looking for Red-capped Robins.  What we did find is this handsome (?) young male just moulting out of his juvenile feathers and into his marvellous Male Adult feathers.

Long, long term readers may well recall, but you don’t lose points for not recalling that a number of years back I encountered another young male at Woodlands who subsequently stayed on, and became quite the dominate male in the area.

See here, Scarlet Robin, female?

and here, as it became more apparent he was not a she 

I also featured this new bird about 4 weeks back when we came across it earlier in the season. The shot is over on Flickr.


Scarlet Robin, Juvenile


So here he is in all his resplendant dress. Well perhaps not so much at the moment, but given a few more weeks, and he’ll be the best looking bird.

Now don’t you look just a bit funny with some feathers in place and some still to change
Fine wing stretch.
A fine wing stretch. His head is in the shadow of a branch
His consort. I am not sure if its a sibling, or in fact a female that he is wooing. They were together about4 weeks back, so it might be they are related. We shall see.
All the colours are starting to give the right indications.
Another view of the consort. She seems to keep up a constant chatter with him.

3 thoughts on “Well Hello Young Lad.

    1. Hi Rodger, and a dash of sunshine didn’t hurt all that much either. Be interesting if we can keep track of this one (or Two). They are directly north of the main carpark. (off beaten track unfortunately)


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