Wednesday 21 December 2022

Wild Bird Wednesday 543 - Red-Capped Robin

Post 2 in my Robins of Victoria Series. 

The Red-capped Robin (Petroica goodenovii) is found in the drier areas of Australia, mainly south of the Tropics. Like all Australian Robins it is not closely related to either European or American robins, but shares a common name with them because of its bright red colour.

The Red-capped Robin is smaller than many of the other robins in Australia, but make up for its small size with its wonderful colours.  It is common in some areas, but can be hard to find unless you are in the correct habitat.  These birds were all seen in the Terrick Terrick National Park, which is 225 km north west of Melbourne.  It is not an area I have visited very often - a situation that I hope to change in the coming year.

I think there is sort of 'Christmas Feel' to this bird - even if we are now getting our first week of worm weather here.

2022 has been a strange year for me - and at times I have found it very hard to visit other people's blog, and equally hard to know what do say when I do visit.  I think you may have noticed.  So, as I head to 550 consecutive weeks of WBW I hope I can 'get out more' and visit you all.  Please keep commenting, as I really appreciate the contact with the blogging / birding world.

Wishing you all a very happy Christmas, and I see you on the other side.

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  1. Hari OM
    It's easy, Stewart - just chat among pals! Did you like what you saw or read? Did it spark other thoughts? Like your post today; this Robin is very sweet and is one of those I have seen with my physical eyes long years back. It could make me nostalgic for OZ, but then I remember the Euro Robin who visits the feeder in the back yard and have a gaze 'doon the watter' of the Clyde and sigh... The years go by and I'm still here and now it is likely to remain so. Thus connection through blogs is even more important! Sending best wishes to you and your family for a happy and peaceful Christmas. YAM xx

  2. I've certainly noticed you haven't commented in years. I hope you'll check out my new website and blog. Today is easy to think of what to say: Happy Holidays!

  3. Another beautiful bird in your robin series. like you, I hate to make a bland comment when I so enjoy a post but see that others often seem to be more perceptive and appreciative in their comments. I guess it is better to be bland than silent. This week I only obtained decent photos of a single bird, a Carolina Wren. Still have two days before my self-imposed publication deadline.

  4. It is a pretty bird alright, bright looking for the season!

  5. A gorgeous little bird Stewart, very pretty. I am now down under and so far have managed to link in to your meme. Hope you have a great week running up to Christmas.

    1. Hi there - glad to see we are actually having some summer (ish) weather for you. Will you be in Melbourne at all? SM

  6. You got some very lovely shots there. What a wonderful bird! Happy Christmas to you.

  7. Lovely bird! Best wishes for a merry Christmas.

  8. Good to hear from you. The robin is one bird I am very familiar with but ours is not as brightly coloured as yours, as well you know. My underground challenge has so far taken me eight years and I still have over a hundred stations yet to visit! Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  9. Your Robins are quite different from ours..They are more visible but smaller..
    Merry Christmas to you and your family..cats too..Have a wonderful 2023

  10. Thank you for visiting my blog Stewart. A beautiful little bird. A merry christmas !