Red Capped Robin

Red Capped Robin

One of the delights of birding is to have close up views of some of the brilliant birds we have here in Australia. Today it was a male Red Capped Robin that caught my attention. I was quick to whip out the digital camera and begin stalking this brilliant bird. To be able to photograph this species showing its stunning red, white and black feathers in full sunlight is a sheer delight.

After ten minutes of trying to get close enough for a reasonable shot, the bird in question gave in and had pity on me. Either that or it was curious about this odd fellow with the funny thing in his hand. It came and sat on a branch about 2 metres from me! Wonderful.

The location of this close encounter was at the Pangarinda Arboretum at Wellington East, about 30km south of where I live in Murray Bridge. (The arboretum is about 90km SE of Adelaide.) Volunteers at the arboretum have never recorded this species there over the last 10 years of observations. The neighbours over the fence had never seen the species there either.

Red Capped Robin


8 Responses to “Red Capped Robin”

  1. Duncan says:

    The Red-cap is possibly my wife’s favourite bird Trevor, a male is certainly, as you say, a stunning bird. Half your luck to get so close to one!

  2. Trevor says:

    Yes – I had tracked him for quite a while before he finally came to investigate.

    Sorry I haven’t any recent photos posted. These are coming as soon as my son gets the time to deal with all the technical stuff – he looks after all the admin side of things leaving me to concentrate on the writing side.

  3. Duncan says:

    Great shot of the Red-capped, Trevor, wonderful bird.

  4. Trevor says:

    Thanks Duncan. It is indeed a stunning bird, especially up close. To get a photo like this was beyond anything I’d hoped for. It was as if he was posing for me.

  5. Errol Traeger says:

    A brilliant male red-capped robin comes and lands close to the verandah every time we go there to sit. We are situated in the beautiful Skilly Valley near Aurburn and have no dogs or cats here. This bird only made itself known to us about six weeks ago. After arrival it sometimes comes to within a metre or so and then flits off. What a tiny thing it is. Cheers Errol

  6. Trevor says:

    Hi there Errol,

    Welcome to my birding blog.

    You are indeed lucky to have such a beautiful bird in your garden – and so friendly too.

    When you say the Skilly Valley near Auburn I assume you mean near the Clare Valley, South Australia. Interestingly I drove through that area last Monday when visiting my daughter who teaches at Clare High. Lovely area.

    We are probably related too – my mother was a Traeger – she grew up in Loxton. Someone rang me recently – they are currently working on the family history book.

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