Little Visits: Finding Red-capped Robins at Woodlands

Our morning at Eynesbury in the sunshine had us out and about, and we decided that a fine Chicken Focaccia and a Coffee a Regina’s at Greenvale was the go
What we didn’t off course expect was the Sunday Traffic!
Most Sundays, would see us out early and then back late in the day, this missing the mayhem that is sunday melbourne traffic.
And why is it that everybody who wanted to go very slowly was in the same lane I was in?  And why is that apparently when you drive that slowly the indicators on the car no longer work? and so you have to change lane without warning. Or worse. Slow down, even further, and then swing wide to turn either left or right making not only me, but the car in the next lane all take evasive action. Right into my lane!

In the end, instead of about a 30 minute trip it was over an hour of frustration, and no amount of fine-brewed coffee was going to help.  A quick bite to eat and we headed for the  quiet and safety of the Backpaddock.
And, we, as it turns out found among the old downed GreyBox down at a small clearing that will for ever be called “Pardalote Corner”, (for obvious reasons to anyone following EE’s Flickr Stream), we found first one, then another male, and two females, that they seemed to want to impress.

One of the females has the lovely apricot colour on her chest, and reminds me so much of Primrose, that we’ve decided that she must be one of Primrose’s offspring. May not be true, but the romantic loves it.

Again these are shot on the Nikon V1 and the 300mm PF f/4 an a TC1.4 attached.

Enjoy

That lovely apricot wash reminds me so much of Primrose. I wonder?
That lovely apricot wash reminds me so much of Primrose. I wonder?

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Red-capped Robins hunt by using a lot of wing action. It is believed, that it might either flush, or mesmerise the insects they are searching for.
Red-capped Robins hunt by using a lot of wing action. It is believed, that it might either flush, or mesmerise the insects they are searching for.

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This is the second male. And he has designs on both the territory and his family opportutieis.  Will hopefully see him some more.
This is the second male. And he has designs on both the territory and his family opportutieis.
Will hopefully see him some more.

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

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7 thoughts on “Little Visits: Finding Red-capped Robins at Woodlands

  1. I could not resist your robin photos – this time on an airport parking bus to the terminal. Great! So good I missed my Qantas stop and unnoticed by the driver went the full circle again. Lucky me I was able to catch my flight and I’m writing just before returning from Adelaide. I’ve thought I’ll let you know what impact your blog can have on early morning travellers.
    Notwithstanding – thanks!

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  2. Hi Adam,
    As one who used to spend a good deal of my life in and out of airport buses, I do readily appreciate the moment.
    Next time you are on the Tulla bus. Get him to drop you at Woodlands for a couole of hours! 🙂

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    1. G,day AB,
      Woodlands Historic Park is the closest spot to Melborne CBD that has permanent and reiable Red-capped Robins. It is about 10 miinute drive from Melbounre Airport, or by using the back roads of the security linking and maintenance roads, its possible to reach the park on foot in about 15 mins of good walking.

      The Red-caps have been a bit down on numbers the last few seasons, but this past seems to have given them a bit of an increase. Hopefully a good Spring will bring their numbers up again.

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