Ladies and gentlemen, words cannot express how excited I was to see my first female red-capped robin recently. Red-capped robins (Petroica goodenovii) are uncommon breeding visitors to the Canberra region (Australia). I’ve only ever seen one male. And, we had the camera with us! Wonders never cease.
My husband was driving but he still managed to see a little bird flitting about (credit where credit is due). I convinced him to stop to see if we could identify it. My heart fluttered when I saw a flash of red, but I thought my mind was playing tricks because the red wasn’t in the usual places. It was a lovely little female red-capped robin all on her own (or maybe it was a juvenile? If I’ve got that wrong, please let me know). The red-capped robins are the smallest of the Aussie robins. What a merry wee thing she was, flitting and fluttering her way down the fence line. I think she needs her own poem, don’t you?
She — Red-Capped Robin
busy bird bouncing
flight from filigree fence
red polka dot bedecked
seeks mate with raspberry beret
I don’t have a photo of a male red-capped robin, but I will include a link to some images at the end of this post for those interested in checking him out. He really does look like he is wearing a raspberry beret.