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Southern Scrub-robin at Monarto Conservation Park

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Headed out very late this afternoon for a drive and decided to pop in briefly at around 7:30pm for a look around Monarto Conservation Park for some of the park specialities. It was extremely quiet with barely a bird seen or even heard. Halfway around the loop walk I was beginning to lose interest when I heard a familiar call a few metres away. Sure enough, a pair of Southern Scrub-robin were searching the sandy soil beneath the undergrowth for insects. They're a species that I find aren't overly shy and can often be very inquisitive, thankfully this proved once again to be the case.

Canon EOS 7D | Canon EF100-400mm | f/6.3 | 1/320s | ISO1600 | +1/3 EV
Southern Scrub Robin (Drymodes brunneopygia)


I made some squeaky noises and almost immediately the pair of birds hopped in close to investigate, one of them putting on a bit of a display with wings and tail spread. Once it realised there was no threat it went straight back to looking for food just a couple of metres from me. Three birds made an appearance in the end and their curiosity to the sounds I was making, lured them close a number of times. The sun was soon to dip below the horizon and with the undergrowth casting shadows on almost every inch of ground it was tricky finding enough light for photos but I was rewarded with a couple of images of this wonderful species.

Canon EOS 7D | Canon EF100-400mm @ 130mm | f/6.3 | 1/200s | ISO3200 | +2/3 EV
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Back off buddy!

Canon EOS 7D | Canon EF100-400mm | f/7.1 | 1/320s | ISO3200 | +1/3EV
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Between a rock and a hard place?

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Comments

  1. David Taylor's Avatar
    No doubt about it Richard SA has a wonderful birdlist and the Southern Scrub Robin is no exception. Only seen one myself - once at Wyperfield NP many moons ago - hopefully one day I might catch up with one and hopefully a pic. South Australias on my list of places to get back to at some stage!

    The blogs another nice initiative on the forum. Nice pics here and thanks for sharing

    David Taylor
    Brisbane
  2. Birdsnest's Avatar
    Love the second picture.
  3. KJ Mercer's Avatar
    I have seen these guys quite a few times, they are so quiet but not at all shy, several times it is purely by chance looking - as my professor once told me - BEHIND me, where I've already walked. Cheeky things

    i have seen them at The army grounds near Murray Bridge along with Malleefowl & Crested Bellbird - one of my best days!
  4. Richard Hall's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by KJ Mercer
    I have seen these guys quite a few times, they are so quiet but not at all shy, several times it is purely by chance looking - as my professor once told me - BEHIND me, where I've already walked. Cheeky things
    Very true! They can be quite trusting at times and they do have a habit of sneaking up behind you for a peek!