Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Flame robins enjoying the conditions, Phillip Island

Gorgeous place (on a nice day)! Gorgeous feathery friends!

It's been a while since I've seen Flame robin. Recently at Cape Woolamai I enjoyed walking along the trail with at least one pair keeping just ahead of me.

Flame Robin (AM), Cape Woolamai, Phillip Island, June 2013
I'm outta here!
My first view was a distant snap of the female. Different from the other birds I'd been seeing that morning, I thought: "Now, that has a "robiny" flavour!"

Flame robin, female
 But which one? A splash of colour on the track ahead and an "insurance shot" is taken.

Subsequent views in different positions enabled enough examination of the colouring and pattern of colour to establish that this was Flame robin. We also see Scarlet robin in Victoria which has less orange in the breast that does not extend so far down the belly. The Scarlet robin also has a larger white forehead patch.

Flame robin, Cape Woolamai
When I'm seeing birds in beautiful surrounds I do like to try to capture something of this but find it difficult. The bird shown above appears on the photo below (bottom left).

Spot the robin!
Checking the conditions, Woolamai surf beach
Some White-fronted chat were taking in a similar view and watching the surfers ...

Now play spot the chat!
The old man and the sea!? I was curious to see what would unfold. This is a decent sized wave (in my book)!
Look at him go!
Although I don't think many cameras were pointing at birds, there was no shortage of long lenses!

The gorgeous weather drew many to Woolamai for many different reasons:

The Instagram perspective

And did I mention that in the summer months Cape Woolamai plays host to TENS of THOUSANDS of Short-tailed shearwater? But that's another story!

Sharing with Wild Bird Wednesday

Bird on!


  1. Great shots of the flame robin and surfers. Super place to be.

  2. Beautiful shots of the Robins Pete, a bit of lens envy on the beach then?

  3. Hi Pete great post, very interesting reading adn looking for spots on some of the photographs!! However the first an d fifth photos of the Fame Robin are stunning. Beach is wonderful and nice to see the different activites that people are doing.Margaret

  4. Beautiful array of birds.
    The pictures of the beach and the surfers are great.
    Regards, Irma

  5. Great photos of the beach and the birds. I liked the way you showed the birds in the habitat. The photos of the Robin are really great - that red against the blue sky - wow!

  6. I'd love to see the flame robin like you did; enjoyed the 'spot the robin' image and then showing the crop version, or zoomed version. A good days outing Pete

  7. What a stunning bird! We mostly only see the Rose Robin here in Brisbane and it keeps to the shadows of the forest at all times. Those Chats would also be another "lifer" for me if I took a stroll there!

  8. I really enjoyed this post Pete, makes me want to go back there as soon as possible. Excellent photos.

  9. Its a great area - a few years ago I went down for a quiet days birding and there was a national surf carnival event! Birding was less good than the surfing!

    Thanks for linking to WBW. Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

  10. It's a beautiful bird and a beautiful place.