Young yellow robin

This young Eastern Yellow Robin circumnavigated the sapling, allowing me to take sweet images of different poses in very low light.

 

Eastern Yellow Robin 2 - Kim Wormald

Eastern Yellow Robin (Eopsaltria australis) – juvenile
Canon 5D3, 1/400, f/5.6, ISO 3200, focal length 400mm

 

This robin is in the process of growing its adult plumage. Brown, juvenile feathers are still apparent on its head, sides and wings but soon its head, back and wings will be grey, setting off its bright yellow underparts, olive rump and soft white throat.

I don’t usually use a shutter speed as low as 1/400th of a second for birds but even with the lens wide open at f/5.6 there was so little light that I had to ramp up the ISO to 3200.

 

Eastern Yellow Robin 3 - Kim Wormald

Eastern Yellow Robin (Eopsaltria australis) – juvenile
Canon 5D3, 1/400, f/5.6, ISO 3200, focal length 400mm

 

These iconic robins are often sighted around the south eastern and eastern areas of the mainland. They are about 16cm long and weigh approximately 19g. They perch on low branches and pounce on bugs and grubs that they can miraculously spot moving among the leaf litter and grasses at distances of many metres.

 

Eastern Yellow Robin 1 - Kim Wormald

Eastern Yellow Robin (Eopsaltria australis) – juvenile
Canon 5D3, 1/400, f/5.6, ISO 3200, focal length 400mm

 

Eastern Yellow Robins can be quite friendly when people are bush walking or gardening as we are likely to disturb some tasty morsels.

Happy birding, Kim

 

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