Flame Robin (52)
|After saving up for a couple of years, I finally took the plunge and bought a new lens, a Sigma 150-500mm. So after a few test shots in the backyard I went camping for the weekend in Barrington Tops National Park. On the walk around Poleblue swamp we found a pair of breeding Flame Robins (Petroica phoenicea). The male was unusually co-operative and allowed us to approach to within 7 metres and I was able to get over 20 shots of him while he hunted the neighbourhood for insects. I was pretty happy with these results, which were hand-held.|
Flame Robin is restricted to foothill and mountains of south-eastern Australia. Open eucalypt woodland and farmland are its preferred habitat with birds moving to higher altitudes in summer and lower altitudes in winter.
The nest is a rough cup shape, constructed from bark strips, moss and spiders webs and lined with animal fur and feathers. They usually lay 3 eggs, which are greeny-blue in colour. Nesting occurs between August and January.