Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Wild Bird Wednesday 95 - Scarlet Robin

Those of you with a memory for such things will remember this wire fence from my recent Welcome Swallow post, it was a great little location for the birds.

In case you missed that post, this fence is one a dairy property nr. Walkerville in East Gippsland, about 3 hours from Melbourne.  It was a great place to spend a week.

Today the fence is playing host to a male and female Scarlet Robin - Petroica multicolour.  There are a number of these "robin" species in SE Australia, and I always like seeing them.  As is often the case with names like this, these birds are not closely related to either the American or European robins - it's just that they all have red chest feathers.

Some books consider that there are seasonal movements of these birds at the end of the breeding seasons, but others suggest that they just become more conspicuous once breeding is over as they spend more time in the open. However,  I do tend to associate seeing them with autumn.  Sounds like a PhD in the waiting!

Female Scarlet Robin

Female Scarlet Robin

Male Scarlet Robin
Now it's over to you - click on the link below and off you go.  We have been getting over 60 links in recent weeks, which is great - however, please feel free to invite anybody else you know to join in.  The more the merrier.  SM

55 comments:

DIMI said...

Beautiful birds!Great shots!
Dimi...

Irma said...

Great shots Stewart.
Beautiful birds with beautiful colors.
Greetings Irma

Pieni Lintu said...

Those are cute! :)

Robert Espeseth said...

Nice little bird, ain't got that one in Norway.

Lindsjö taxar said...

Hi Stewart! Thanks for visiting and commenting.
Very nice blog you have with all the different birds.
Its very nice to learn about the wildlife in different parts of the World like this.
I love to photograph moose and roes . It was a very long time since I saw our moose. THe roes are more in the forrest now. Soon will the fawns come.
We have also hogs but they are difficult to get...
Have a nice day!
Majsan//

eileeninmd said...

Hello Stewart, your Scarlet Robin is beautiful. It has such a pretty colorful breast. Great shots, thanks for hosting. Have a happy day!

Connie Smiley said...

Oh my, I thought the female was amazing until I saw the male! Beautiful!

HOOTIN ANNI said...

pretty bird....and love your header Stewart.

Karen said...

They can be extremely noisy, but I like them when they are behaving themselves. Lovely images of the robin.

Optimistic Existentialist said...

The Scarlet Robins are very beautiful. Wish we had them here in the states!

R. Mac Wheeler said...

such beauties

Kerri Farley said...

Oh, they are so pretty!

Adam Jones said...

What a fantastic looking bird Stewart

Andrea Priebe said...

I agree, the only similarity to our Robin is the red breast. Your Robins is much more brightly colored and definately smaller. But a Robin is a Robin, right? We have so many Robins here that when my friend and I spot them while we are walking we say (almost in unison)"Just a Robin". But there is no "just" sbout them ... they are beautiful and have a delightful series of songs that they sing all summer. So we really do enjoy them ... Have a wonderful week, Stewart ...

Andrea @ From The Sol

TexWisGirl said...

So beautiful!

Gail Dixon said...

Birds on a wire....love that combo! Those robins are beautiful. I wish ours looked like that. I will link up later in the week. Thanks for hosting!

PerthDailyPhoto said...

So envious Stewart, your robins are pure delight.. I find it really hard to capture the little birds, they flit around so quickly.. I spotted a tiny red beauty in Toodyay, no way it would hold still :)

Sylvia K said...

Love your title and your birds are always so beautiful, Stewart! Hope your week is off to a great start! Enjoy!

Gunsside said...

Beautiful little bird, lovely colored

bailey-road.com said...

What a beautiful pair of birds!

Bob Bushell said...

That is the most loveable Robin I have seen, well done Stewart.

Sharon Wagner said...

They certainly are a colorful little bird. Nice shots. I have a hummingbird fence line shot that is a favorite of mine.

i stora drag said...

Hi Stewart!
Wow, what sweet little birds you got here! Very nice photos.
/Pia

Chris Rohrer said...

Gorgeous little bird. I am surprised at how many different kinds of robins are out there. Pretty nice selection of colorful birds! This is a new one for me.

Karen said...

Such sweet little birds. Beautiful colouration. Nice shots Stewart!

Montanagirl said...

Oh, they are just lovely! Such pretty colors.

Gunilla Bäck said...

They're beautiful little birds! Thank you for hosting.

Christian Weiß said...

Interesting bird, the Australian fauna has to offer many interesting species.

Gemma Wiseman said...

I've probably only seen a couple of scarlet robins in my lifetime. These imiages are so adorable. And love the green bokeh highlighting the robin colours.

Findlay Wilde said...

I really like those scarlet Robins. The red and black look great together. From Findlay

mick said...

Great photos of beautiful birds. That's another one I would like to see someday.

Kenneth Cole Schneider said...

Whether as a Citizen Scientist or a PhD candidate, there is so much to discover about the habits of birds. Nice little "robins" no matter to whom they are related!

Andrew Fulton said...

It's a stunning little bird to see... many thanks for sharing

Lee said...

The sweetest little creatures...so beautiful. :)

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

So sweet.... missing in action this week, busy packing up. See ya soon.

Susan said...

Hi Stewart, love those Robins and their little fence possie is just perfect for a photo too :D)

Spare Parts and Pics said...

I like the simplicity of these photos... beautiful shots!

Marilyn Kircus said...

This is a very interesting site and I get to see bird I'll never see in person. Thanks for setting it up and love your picgtures.

Shey Wicklund said...

Cute little bird! Definitely looks different from the American robin.

Small City Scenes said...

What sweet sweet birds. I love the colors. MB

Anne (cornucopia) said...

Adorable looking bird!

Carole M. said...

...I love the robin family; fabulous photos Stewart

Roan said...

Beautiful bird!

Mary Cromer said...

How delightful and the birds have a great place to look for bugs and also enjoy the view...Very nice series~

Margaret Adamson said...

HI Stewart I have never seem this lovely little bird unfortunately. I am in Donegal and hoping (weather permitting) to go to Tory Island tomorrow for 2 nights. Thanks for hosting.

Jutta.K said...

Die Rotkehlchen sind einfach entzückend. Du hast sie gut erwischt in 3 schönen Posen !

Marie said...

Love the robins! I'm glad to be back! :-)

Brian King said...

Love these! Great perch and I like the minimalism!

A Quiet Corner said...

They are so darling and unique, Stewart!! I love the shape of their heads...:)JP

Pat Tillett said...

Beautiful birds and photos Stewart!
Even the female is a beauty!

babsjeheron said...

Lovely Robons Stewart! I'm fascinate by the different varieties of a robins - from yours, to the another American Robins, to Thor in the UK and especially the blue-breasted Scandinavian robin. I wonder if they all have such lovely songs?

Wally Jones said...

Superb photographs of a really beautiful bird, Stewart!

Good luck with your PhD pursuit! :)

thewovenspoke said...

What a nice little bird, scarlet robin. Interesting how birds look so different all over.

Dave said...

Wire fences make for superb bird perches and even better for photography, they help immensely with the bokeh that most crave for... lol

Its a very smart species Stewart.

Nathalie Santa Maria said...

Que de jolis oiseaux inconnus pour moi ! superbe :)
Ton pays regorge de merveilles !