19 comments on “A Winter Birding Delight – The Red-capped Robin

    • Thanks Lee, yes this bird is probably the most brilliant looking bird in bright sunlight I have ever seen. It is so exciting when my wife and I see it, and yet it is so small. Have a great weekend, and I pray you are doing well!

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      • My eye surgery went well, but it is a bit irritated tonight. Went back for my 1 week follow-up and it was dilated. Making it a tad hard to read the screen. But this too will pass. Two days ago I was out and took my glasses off and could “really” see the birds clearly. And so brightly colored. [That is an advantage of the cataract implants- color sooo bright! Wait till we see heaven in all its glorious colors!!!]

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      • Wonderful news Lee! Praise the Lord! I remember how much it improved my grandmother’s vision, what a blessing to be able to have that repaired. The Lord knows how much you love and enjoy his avian wonders, and he delights in you delighting in them. Yes, it will be so brilliant being with the Lord, and the colours and hues will be amazing, as you have shared in your series on the precious gemstones and the light passing through them is so beautiful. My eyes are being held together by our Lord’s grace, as thankfully my eye injections are at 12 weeks and he is pleased that it has stopped getting worse. With this rare eye condition my wife and friends believe it is a miracle that I can actually take photos. I am aware they are not as clear and professional as some of my blogging friends, but I am pleased and grateful with what I do get. I can say that it is a challenge, and while I can I will by His grace!

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      • Had forgotten about your eye problems, then again, I forget more often than I used to. 🙂 Just think how much better we will see. For now, you are doing great. Photos are great and if they come out blurry, blame on the bird for moving. 🙂 🙂 Lord’s blessings.

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  1. This Robin is just adorable!! The female reminds me a lot of our tufted titmouse, minus the tuft. So glad they escaped the clutches of the hawk!!! I am also very glad to hear about your second book. Yard work and other summer activities have kept my computer time very limited, but I am so glad to see you are still posting and I look forward to catching up on your previous posts! A beautiful rest of the week to your and your wife. 🙂

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    • Thanks Jen, so glad you are getting outdoors in the fresh air, enjoying the Summer warmth. Thankfully we are starting to have regular rain, but we will need much more to break the drought and ease water restrictions. Yes, the Red-capped Robin was mt goal for 2019 and the Lord led my wife and I to it one day, and now it looks like we will be able to see it again. Yes the Titmouse looks a bit like a crested Robin. I am enjoying writing for a change but miss my friends at work. Have been getting all the medical bits and pieces done while I am able. My wife is glad that I am home to cook and do housework. I do need to work, so please pray that I will be called back in or find work by August. Have a wonderful weekend you and the family, and thanks for commenting, I did wonder how you were going. I always remember you in my mind’s eye, in that lovely photo of you sitting between your two boys looking, I think out onto a lake. Blessings!

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      • Thank you and I I will definitely be praying for just that….I remember that scenario well with my husband as I mentioned before, so I can relate! God is faithful!!!!!!

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  2. For some reason, I was thinking that you were in summer like us. In fact, we are going through a heatwave like in Europe right now. I never knew of this robin before. It’s beautiful!. Take care, my friend. 🙂

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    • Thanks HJ, it appears you are experiencing the extreme summer we had last season, which went right through autumn, then winter came suddenly upon us and many got sick. Yes I have seen on TV how bad the heatwaves are. So keep cool my friend! Yes this Robin is not seen by many as it is not near the coast where population is higher, it is more of an inland bird, and for some reason it is not being sighted in many of its usual places this year. This is the only RC Robin family in our Sydney region that we know of. Happy Independence Day!

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  3. Beautiful shots and I oh-so love the Red-capped Robin, gorgeous male! I have to chuckle, Ashley, on your comment to stay warm. lol We’re going into our summer’s hot and humidity, I’d love to send you some of it for warmth! I’m terribly spoiled with our cool air conditioning…. 🙂 Have a great week, Ashley!

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    • Thanks Donna, yes we in opposing seasons at the moment, with rain falling here on a cold winters day, not good for birding but great if you are after ducks 🙂 I am at home writing in the warmth of our air conditioner, we are both spoiled, or better still blessed! Have a wonderful rest of week and 4th of July my friend!

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  4. Thanks David, yes it was such a delight to see them again, the male is just so bright in the sunlight. I am still seeking a better shot of the female, which will mean another trip soon, as now my wife is so keen to go there again. Enjoy the rest of your week!

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  5. So beaut to see you found the Red-capped Robins.
    We used to have regular access to them until we moved about 5 years back. Woodlands Historic Park near Tullamarine airport is the closest to the CBD for Red-caps.
    As you say, Ashley, they are very territorial, and most inquisitive little birds. A friend of mine would meet me out there and we’d stop and chat, and within a few minutes a male would be by to ‘enjoy’ the conversation. Sadly the numbers have diminished over the past few years, due i think to changes to the management of the area.
    Still however a delight to hear their cherry D’reet, D’reet contac calls.
    As your photos show, they really know how to make an old grey branch dance and sing.

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