A brand new robin

This post is difficult to write, so I’ve deleted all the false starts and will begin by saying that my mum passed away this week and I’m left missing the strong, generous, determined woman who shaped my life and taught me that it is normal to talk to magpies.


Eastern Yellow Robin (Eopsaltria australis) – fledgling
1/800, f/5.6, ISO 3200


There’s a book called Beginnings and Endings with Lifetimes in Between that I have been reading to children and which inspired me to share an image of the little robin that I saw earlier this week – it has been a week of beginnings and endings.

As this Eastern Yellow Robin grows, it will lose its rufous feathers, its back and head will become uniformly grey while its underparts will become bright yellow, as foreshadowed by the odd sprigs of new feather sprouting on its chest and tummy. Its throat will stay white while its rump will become an olive-yellow, a hint of which can already be seen. Its tiny legs and feet look so new and pink but they will darken, as will its bill.

If you have loved ones please hold them a little tighter tonight, if you’re alone please hold yourself a little tighter.

Happy birding



Birdlife Australia Photography Group’s Digital Photography in the Bush is coming up in March –  Details and registration information

The duck shooting season is due to start in March, the duck rescue team would welcome new volunteers – Coalition Against Duck Shooting


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