I’d never observed a Red-capped Robin at Rotunda Park … and, until today, I’d never observed a Rose Robin locally.
The Red-capped Robin, a male, was moving in a mixed flock with a few thornbills, honeyeaters and a Golden Whistler. As I’ve seen ‘Red-caps’ just to the north in the Muckleford bush (near Fence Track) this was not entirely a surprise.
The Rose Robin however, really stopped me in my tracks. I noticed it chasing insects in the lower foliage of in a large Yellow Box near the shelter. I watched it foraging for a few minutes and noted its habit of dropping its wings and then tumbling in a slightly erratic fashion pursuing insects. This species spends the warmer months at higher altitudes, nesting in the cool, tall forests of the Great Divide. Like the Golden Whistler and Eastern Spinebill, it disperses to the foothills during winter, with a few birds seen along the Murray Valley corridor. This one was a male, possibly immature, as the rose-washed breast was not that vibrant.