Winter has arrived and our gorgeous scarlet robins have returned. They form permanent monogamous pairs and move to the open forests during the warmer months, returning to nest in our garden as the days shorten. The male makes quite a show once he is back, letting everyone know this is his territory again. Late one afternoon, he spent quite some time admiring himself in the window. Unfortunately, he was in shade and I didn’t capture him in all his glory.
The next day, Michael sat patiently while the sun shone on the same perch, in the hope of catching the perfect image.
Initially disappointed, he was soon rewarded with a prolonged robin lavation.
The black headed honeyeater seems bemused by the aquatic antics, reluctant to take the plunge.
I haven’t seen the female recently and assume she is busy building the nest while he makes himself irresistible.
I’m pleased to say he is not totally narcissistic. While his partner incubates the eggs, he will feed her and both parents share responsibility for feeding the young.